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Matt Cassel

33-Year-Old Quarterback – Buffalo Bills

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The Bills traded for Cassel this offseason as an insurance policy if EJ Manuel's development remains stagnant, giving them a consistent veteran who can at least keep games close. And with a defense of...

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2015 ADP:  240.73

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HT: 6' 4"   WT: 228   DOB: 5/17/1982  College: Southern California  DRAFTED: 7th Rd   Show ContractHide Contract


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Re-signed with the Vikings in March of 2014.

May 27, 2015  –  Matt Cassel News

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Both Cassel and EJ Manuel took snaps with the starting offense at Tuesday's organized team activities, The Buffalo News reports.

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Matt Cassel NFL Stats
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  Passing Pass Distance Big Pass Games Rushing Fumbles
Year Age Team G Comp Att Pct Yards TD INT YPA 20+ 40+ 300+ 350+ 400+ Att Yards Avg TD Tot Lost
2008 26 16 327 516 63.4% 3693 21 11 7.2 - - - - - 74 270 3.6 2 - -
2009 27 15 271 493 55.0% 2924 16 16 5.9 37 8 - - - 50 189 3.8 0 - -
2010 28 KC 15 262 450 58.2% 3116 27 7 6.9 40 4 2 1 1 33 125 3.8 0 3 1
2011 29 KC 9 160 269 59.5% 1713 10 9 6.4 25 5 0 0 0 25 99 4.0 0 5 2
2012 30 KC 9 161 277 58.1% 1796 6 12 6.5 24 1 1 0 0 27 145 5.4 1 9 7
2013 31 Min 9 153 254 60.2% 1807 11 9 7.1 25 5 1 1 0 18 57 3.2 1 3 1
2014 32 Min 3 41 71 57.7% 425 3 4 6.0 5 0 0 0 0 9 18 2.0 0 3 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Matt Cassel Fantasy/Red Zone Stats
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  Fantasy Points Per Game Passing Stats Red Zone Passes Red Zone Runs
Year Age Team G Standard PPR 0.5 PPR Rating Yds/G TD% INT% Sacks In20 In10 In5 In20 In10 In5
2008 26 16 16.9 16.9 16.9 89.4 231 4.1 2.1 - - - - 11 - -
2009 27 15 13.3 13.3 13.3 69.9 195 3.2 3.2 - 74 28 14 6 2 0
2010 28 KC 15 16.3 16.3 16.3 93.0 208 6.0 1.6 26 62 2 1 2 2 1
2011 29 KC 9 13.1 13.2 13.2 76.6 190 3.7 3.3 22 25 13 8 2 2 1
2012 30 KC 9 12.9 12.9 12.9 66.7 200 2.2 4.3 19 22 3 2 4 3 1
2013 31 Min 9 14.2 14.2 14.2 81.6 201 4.3 3.5 16 27 11 3 1 1 0
2014 32 Min 3 10.3 10.3 10.3 65.8 142 4.2 5.6 6 8 2 0 1 0 0
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Matt Cassel – Playing Time Overview

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Offensive Snaps in 2014

Matt Cassel was on the field for 140 of his team's snaps on offense in 2014.


Special Teams Snaps in 2014

Matt Cassel was on the field for 0 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2014.

Year Off ST
2012 580 0
2013 401 0
2014 140 0
Matt Cassel 2014 Game Log
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  Snap Count Passing Pass Distance Rushing Fumbles Red Zone Passes Red Zone Runs
Week Opp Off ST Comp Att Pct Yards TD INT YPA 20+ 40+ Att Yards Avg TD Tot Lost In20 In10 In5 In20 In10 In5
1 @Chi 58 0 17 25 68.0% 170 2 0 6.8 1 0 5 -3 -0.6 0 2 0 3 2 0 0 0 0
2 Mia 66 0 19 36 52.8% 202 1 4 5.6 3 0 3 16 5.3 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
3 SD 16 0 5 10 50.0% 53 0 0 5.3 1 0 1 5 5.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
4 @Hou
5 @Det
6 NE
7 Min
8 @NYJ
9 KC
10 @Mia
11 NYJ
12 NYJ
13 Cle
14 @Den
15 GB
16 @Oak
17 @NE

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Matt Cassel  (View College Stats & News)
As Compared To Other Quarterbacks
Height:   6' 4"
Weight:   228 lbs
40-Yard Dash:   4.88 sec
Shuttle Time:   4.06 sec
Cone Drill:   7.20 sec
Arm Length
Not Available
Hand Length
Not Available
Vertical Jump:   34 in
Broad Jump:   115 in
Bench Press
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Buffalo Bills Team Injury Report
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Matt Cassel: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

The Bills did not draft another quarterback, nor have they brought another one in after signing a handful of undrafted free agents Monday. That leaves the main competition for the starting job between Cassel (foot) and EJ Manuel, with Tyrod Taylor and Jeff Tuel seemingly looking like longer shots to compete.

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Coach Rex Ryan said on WGR Radio 550 on Friday that it will be an open competition between Cassel (foot) and the other Buffalo quarterbacks, reports. Said the new coach. "Itís a competition and whoever earns the job will be the guy thatís out there. We have some talented guys and weíll see what happens. You bring in a veteran like Matt Cassel. Heís done some pretty good things in this league. Heís got that veteran presence about him. With EJ back there just going into his third year I really believe EJ is going to improve with his fundamentals having (quarterbacks coach) David Lee here. I love the fact that heís a gym rat and heís smart. With our offense being multiple weíll be able to get out of bad plays, so the mental part of it all of the quarterbacks we have should be able to handle that."

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Cassel, who sustained fractured bones in his foot last season that required surgery and landed him on injured reserve after winning the starting quarterback job for the Vikings, expects to be fully ready when offseason practices begin, reports. Said the veteran, "The foot feels great right now. Everything has been going well with all my rehab up to this point and it was a severe foot injury at that point. Iím at about 22 weeks removed from the injury so I feel great. Iím doing exercises. Iíve been dropping back and throwing and everything else, and running so I feel good to go.Ē

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As far as failed starting quarterbacks go, Cassel might not be so bad. He threw more touchdowns (11) than interceptions (nine) in 2013 and managed to complete 60 percent of his passes. He'll start for Minnesota in Week 1 after signing a two-year, $10 million deal, but he'll be on a short leash and probably won't have much fantasy upside given his career YPA of 6.7. If Cassel does succeed in 2014, the arrival of offensive coordinator Norv Turner might have something to do with it. It's still hard to see Cassel holding off Teddy Bridgewater for long, though.


Cassel is expected to start the 2013 season as Ponder's backup.


With an average of just 6.4 yards per pass attempt in his three-year career with the Chiefs, Cassel has demonstrated that heís no more than a game manager in the best-case scenario. The Chiefs, however, have done a good job of providing him with that scenario. Even as he returns from a Week 2 ACL tear, Jamaal Charles pairs with Peyton Hillis to give Kansas City what might be the best running back duo in the league, and the team heads into 2012 with one of its most talented offensive lines, too. With relatively little pressure on him, Cassel could do a decent re-enactment of his 2010, a season in which he threw 27 touchdowns compared to seven interceptions (though just 3,116 yards).


Casselís 2009 season in Kansas City was ugly, but he made a huge improvement in 2010, raising his quarterback rating from 69.9 to 93.0 and throwing 27 touchdowns to seven interceptions in the process. Last year seems like the best-case scenario with Cassel, however. His offense ran the ball more than any team in the league last year, and itís concerning that he didnít complete 60 percent of his passes or average seven yards per pass attempt. It also doesnít help that he was a bit hit-or-miss last year Ė 17 of his touchdowns were thrown in just five games, and he failed to reach the 200-yard mark in nine games. The addition of first-round rookie Jonathan Baldwin should help as the team had very little wideout production beyond Dwayne Bowe last year.


This is a make-or-break year for Cassel. His skill talent in KC has taken a dramatic turn for the better relative to last summer. Dwayne Bowe had his moments with the new coach Todd Haley but has premium ability. Jamaal Charles is Chris Johnson Jr. at running back and especially catching passes out of the backfield. Chris Chambers doesnít seem like a good fit in a Charlie Weis system, but the Chiefs were convinced enough to give him $15 million over three years. Cassel is a strong value play this year in the late middle rounds. Given the coaching and system and the fact that the Chiefs are likely to remain bad and thus will throw often, Cassel should post a winning yardage number and at least moderate TDs. The worry is the Chiefs' porous offensive line.


Although he did much better than expected, Cassel wasn't even half the player Tom Brady was in same Patriots offense in 2007. Now he gets to play in what we expect will be a pass-oriented offense, as head coach Todd Haley was brought in after helming the Cardinals offense in 2008. Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, who also was pass-happy last year near the end of Herm Edwards' Chiefs run, was retained in that role. But this will be Haley's offense. Cassel's big deficiency is the same one that plagues most inexperienced passers - downfield throwing. Our functional arm strength measures only throws 11-to-20 yards from the line of scrimmage. In 2008, Cassel had a 72 QB rating on these throws, completing less than 50 percent of his attempts (54-of-116). Clearly the Patriots believed in his ability to execute these throws, because they made up 22.5 percent of his attempts, about league average and a higher rate than Brady attempted in 2007. But Cassel, despite the appearances of a strong arm, simply did not execute. He looked much more at home when his tosses traveled within that five-to-10 yard area from scrimmage. The many easy attempts this distance elevated his overall completion rate to 63.4 percent and his YPA to 7.2, both of which are barely good enough for fantasy starter consideration. The loss of Tony Gonzalez is going to hurt the passing attack, but Dwayne Bowe is about as close as you're going to find to Haley's former WR (and sideline nemesis if you remember back to the playoffs), Anquan Boldin. But who plays opposite Bowe? Mark Bradley? He's never showed much consistency, and slot-man Bobby Engram is 36 years old and limited to the short passing game. And there's no one to threaten the seam-area of the field post-Gonzalez. This season shapes up as a long, transitional one for the Chiefs and especially for Cassel, who will miss the A-plus playing environment he had in New England.


As Tom Brady's backup, Cassel won't see any meaningful p[laying time, unless the unthinkable -- a Brady injury -- happens. With just 39 passing attempts over three seasons, the sample size with Cassel is small, but he has been in the Pat's system long enough that he at least should be comfortable enough with the team's offense, if pressed into duty.


Cassel, who has been working behind great QBs since his USC days, will continue to serve as the top backup to the Patriots' durable starting QB, Tom Brady. He has good size and arm strength, plus the smarts to run the New England offense. The only thing he lacks is experience, which is something the team hopes he'll get in the preseason, rather than as the result of the unthinkable; a Brady injury.


Though the Patriots could choose to bring in a veteran QB at some point, Cassel opened training camp as the top backup behind Tom Brady. Though he has limited game experience over the last few years, the team apparently believes that the USC product has the tools to be an effective NFL quarterback and his learning curve has even been compared to that of young Brady.


After backing up the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart and former USC Heisman winner and current Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, Cassel is somewhat of an unknown quantity since he has not seen much game action of late. Still, the Patriots hope that they have a diamond in the rough in Cassel, who could either push for the No. 3 QB job or land on the practice squad, where the team can develop him.