The NFL offseason is almost over. In a few weeks, training camps will open and a month after that, the season will officially be underway. In the meantime, there are jobs to be won or lost, and the highest profile of these jobs are the quarterbacks.
While the league's elite passers remain atop their respective depth charts, there will be plenty of interest in how things shake out in Cleveland, Oakland and Minnesota where rookie quarterbacks will be vying for snaps.
Which brings us to Matt Cassel, the Vikings' veteran quarterback, who will battle Teddy Bridgewater for the starting gig. And according to ESPN's Ron Jaworski, who is unveiling his annual QB rankings, Bridgewater may not have much to worry about.
"My 32nd rated quarterback entering the 2014 season is Matt Cassel,” Jaworski said on ESPN (via PFT).
To be clear: Jaws considers Cassel the NFL's worst starting quarterback. (If it's any consolation, Matt, you'd almost certainly be ranked ahead of Christian Ponder and Brandon Weeden, if, of course, they hadn't been demoted.)
The way Jaws sees it, Cassel isn't a good fit in Norv Turner's offense because it's reliant on play-action passes, something Cassel doesn't do well.
“Turner's offense starts with the run game. With Adrian Peterson in the backfield, Cassel's 66 quarterback rating last year on play-action passes just wasn't good enough,” Jaworski said.
But if Cassel struggles, the Vikings have options.
"Teddy will play when we feel like he's ready, if he's the best guy, which we hope that he will be,” Zimmer said back in May. “We always want to have competition.”
Which means that if Cassel plays down to Jaws' expectations, we'll see Bridgewater sooner rather than later.