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Matt Cassel

32-Year-Old Quarterback – Minnesota Vikings

2013 Pass/Rush Stats

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1807

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11

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9

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57

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1

2014 Pass/Rush Projections

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2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

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 be the fa...

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2014 ADP:  45

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

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Re-signed with the Vikings in March of 2014.

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ESPN.com suggests that Cassel appears on track to begin training camp atop the Vikings' quarterback depth chart.

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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
2007 25 6 4 7 57.1% 38 0 1 5.4 - - - - - 4 12 3.0 1 - -
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 0 0 0 18 57 3.2 1 3 1
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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
2007 25 6 1.5 1.5 1.5 12.8 6 0.0 14.3 - - - - 1 - -
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
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Matt Cassel – Playing Time Overview

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Snap Count Stats

401

Offensive Snaps in 2013

Matt Cassel was on the field for 401 of his team's snaps on offense in 2013.

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Special Teams Snaps in 2013

Matt Cassel was on the field for 0 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2013.

Year Off ST
2011 - -
2012 580 0
2013 401 0

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Matt Cassel 2013 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 @Det
2 @Chi
3 Cle
4 Pit 52 0 16 25 64.0% 248 2 0 9.9 3 2 2 5 2.5 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
5 BYE Bye Week
6 Car 62 0 32 44 72.7% 241 1 2 5.5 3 0 2 7 3.5 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 0 0
7 @NYG
8 GB
9 @Dal
10 Was 17 0 4 6 66.7% 47 0 0 7.8 1 0 1 -1 -1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
11 @Sea 18 0 5 13 38.5% 78 1 1 6.0 2 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
12 @GB
13 Chi 62 0 20 33 60.6% 243 1 1 7.4 5 0 1 0 0.0 0 1 0 10 3 0 0 0 0
14 @Bal 66 0 17 38 44.7% 265 2 0 7.0 4 1 2 6 3.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
15 Phi 75 0 26 35 74.3% 382 2 1 10.9 6 2 3 19 6.3 1 0 0 9 5 1 1 1 0
16 @Cin 49 0 13 27 48.1% 114 1 3 4.2 1 0 3 16 5.3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Det 0 0 20 33 60.6% 189 1 1 5.7 0 0 4 5 1.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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
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Height:   6' 4"
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Weight:   228 lbs
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Matt Cassel: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Cassel will re-sign with the Vikings, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.

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Just Thursday, coach Mike Zimmer said he was hopeful the team would bring Cassel back, and while Houston reportedly had eyes on the 31-year-old, Zimmer's got his wish. The quarterback position is still a glaring hole for Minnesota, and the club figures to upgrade on Day 1 of the draft, but Cassel at least provides them with a serviceable placeholder and/or a veteran backup option.
Cassel has been linked to the Texans, the Houston Chronicle reports. The news was first reported by CBSSports.com and NFL.com.

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According to both sites, Cassel is a candidate to become a starter in Houston. Cassel began his career in the New England organization at a time when Houston head coach Bill O'Brien coached there.
Coach Mike Zimmer hopes that the Vikings are able to bring Cassel back, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "I would love to have Matt Cassel back, if Matt Cassel wants to be back," Zimmer noted Thursday. "I don't know if that will happen or won't happen. But we're going to find a quarterback somewhere. And if it's not Matt Cassel, then we'll find someone else...If Matt wants to come back, I'm sure that we'll get it worked out."

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That said, Zimmer expects Cassel to explore other opportunities, with Houston already having been mentioned speculatively as a possible destination for Cassel, who turns 32 in May.
Cassel is a candidate to sign with the Texans in free agency, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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If added by Houston, Cassel -- who spent his last two seasons, (2007-08) with the Patriots working with Texans coach Bill O'Brien -- could compete for the team's starting QB job, though at this stage there are still a couple of moving parts on that front, including the status of veteran Matt Schaub, as well as the distinct possibility the Texans will draft a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick in May's NFL draft.
Cassel has officially opted out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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The Vikings could still re-sign him when free agency begins on March 8, but it's not clear which direction the team will go at quarterback under new head coach Mike Zimmer. Cassel signed a two-year deal with a mutual option for the second year before last season.
Cassel will void the final year of his contract and become a free agent, a source told ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities. However, Cassel hasn't made an official announcement before Friday's deadline.

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Cassel signed a two-year deal with a mutual option for a second year before last season. Cassel revived his career last season as a backup as he completed 60.2 percent of his passes, had a 11:9 TD:INT ratio and a 81.6 QB rating. It's possible he could return to the Vikings once their plans at quarterback become more clear, but he may also sign with a team that gives him a better chance to be a starter.

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2013

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

2012

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).

2011

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.

2010

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.

2009

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.

2008

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.

2007

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.

2006

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.

2005

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.