Unlike last year, the Vikings will head to Mankato for training camp knowing who will be the starting quarterback. Teddy Bridgewater earned that trust as a rookie. After that? The team signed Shaun Hill in the offseason after it traded Matt Cassel to the Bills and allowed Christian Ponder to walk during free agency. Hill, 35, enters his 14th season and will likely exit camp as the backup quarterback over Mike Kafka and Taylor Heinicke. He has the veteran experience the Vikings want in a backup, and he has previously worked under offensive coordinator Norv Turner for one season with the 49ers in 2006. The Vikings couldn't have found a better backup in free agency for the price, a two-year deal worth $6.5 million, after trading Cassel. It'll be interesting to see whether the Vikings keep three quarterbacks on the roster like they did last year. The NFL expanded the practice squad roster from eight to 10 players last season. That gives teams the opportunity to carry two quarterbacks on the roster and have its third (or maybe even fourth) quarterback on the practice squad.
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