The Vikings’ quarterback situation could be interesting this season with the club having a solid backup in Matt Cassel. If Christian Ponder doesn’t produce the fans will be clamoring for a change as they always do.

It’s not like last season when the backup was Joe Webb who is now playing wide receiver and certainly didn’t have Cassel’s quarterbacking experience.

The eyes of the fans visiting training camp in Mankato will certainly be on the newly signed backup.

Recently I visited with Cassel and he talked about how excited he is to be with the Vikings.

“The team has embraced me” he said. “We have a wonderful group of guys. We’ve all been out there working hard and the coaching staff has been outstanding. Right now I’m just trying to get acclimated and learn the system and have fun doing it.”

Cassel had to be surprised when Kansas City let him go March 14. He signed the same day with the Vikings.

“That’s sometimes how it goes” said Cassel who went 19-28 in four seasons with the Chiefs. He led Kansas City into the playoffs in 2010 going 10-5 in 15 starts and was named to the Pro Bowl. “We didn’t win enough football games and I know that’s part of the business. I wish them the best of luck. I had a great time there my children were born there. I had a good experience. Unfortunately we weren’t able to get it done on the football field but hopefully that changes here in Minnesota.”

Cassel’s first break in the NFL came with New England in 2008 when quarterback Tom Brady was hurt in the first game of the season. Cassel became the starter and led the team to a 10-5 record throwing for 3693 yards and 21 touchdowns.

“It was an unbelievable year because it was completely unexpected” Cassel said. “We came off that year of going 18-1 [in 2007] and then Tommy went down in the first game. Normally any time I saw Tom ever get hit he was always getting up and unfortunately he didn’t get up that time. But it gave me the opportunity to go in and prove that I could play and it was quite a year for us.”

Kansas City was looking for a quarterback and gave up a second-round pick to get Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel in February 2009. The Patriots had given their franchise tag to Cassel following the 2008 season.