After Matt Cassel put together a painful performance in the Minnesota Vikings’ Week 6 loss, it appears the team is ready to roll with recently-acquired Josh Freeman as their starting quarterback.
The Vikings plan on handing Freeman the reins on Monday night against the New York Giants as long as he shows a strong understanding of the playbook throughout the week.
Source: If the #Vikings can get Josh Freeman ready to go this week, prepared with their plays to their satisfaction, he’ll be the starter.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 16, 2013
Signed just last week after his release from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Freeman sat out his first week in Minnesota while picking up the playbook. With a week in Minnesota now under his belt, though, Freeman might have enough of an understanding of the offense to get the job done.
If Freeman isn’t ready to go on Monday – which is unlikely – the Vikings will give Christian Ponder the start instead of Cassel. Ponder was cleared of a rib injury last week, but Minnesota opted to go with Cassel as their starter. The end result was a 35-10 thrashing at the hands of the Carolina Panthers.
Sitting at 1-4 on the season, the Vikings have nothing to lose by starting Freeman against the 0-6 Giants. By all appearances, their season is already circling the drain and would take a near-miracle to save. By going with Freeman under center, Minnesota will be able to see what they invested $3 million in and get an idea of whether or not the former first-round pick can be their quarterback of the future.
Barring some unexpected setback, Freeman will be the Vikings’ starter when Monday night rolls around. Especially with the long week of preparation, there’s no reason to believe he won’t be ready.
We’ll see on Monday whether the Vikings made a big mistake or got a steal.