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Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon (right) breaks a tackle from from Oakland Raiders defensive back Chimdi Chekwa during the second quarter of Friday’s preseason game at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Vikings won 10-6. Brace Hemmelgarn / USA Today Sports

Cassel tightens grip on QB job as Vikings win preseason opener

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MINNEAPOLIS — The guy for the Minnesota Vikings won the battle of castoff quarterbacks named Matt.

But more important, Matt Cassel took another step Friday night toward solidifying a spot as Minnesota’s starting quarterback.

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