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Matt Cassel | Quarterback | #8

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (36) / 5/17/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 228
College: USC
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 7 (230) / NE
Contract: view contract details

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Lions signed QB Matt Cassel.
Cassel has ties with Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn from his Patriots days. He gives Detroit a veteran behind Matt Stafford but isn't a lock to open the season in a backup role. 35-year-old Cassel will compete with Jake Rudock in training camp. Apr 4 - 4:20 PM

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Titans released QB Matt Cassel.

The Titans also cut ties with WR Eric Weems and S Da'Norris Searcy. Cassel struggled in his lone start last year, throwing for just 141 yards in a Week 5 loss to Miami. The 35-year-old doesn't have much left in the tank but could land on his feet as a veteran backup/mentor. The Titans are well-positioned for free agency with over $60 million in available cap space.
Mar 9 - 1:10 PM

Matt Cassel completed 21-of-32 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown in the Titans' Week 5 loss to the Dolphins.

Cassel appeared to be potentially concussed on an early-game fumble six, but he stayed in the game after Brandon Weeden briefly appeared off the sideline. Cassel was ineffective as expected on a day where the Dolphins' fantasy D/ST went off. This Titans offense badly needs Marcus Mariota (hamstring) back for Week 6 against the Colts.
Sun, Oct 8, 2017 05:56:00 PM

Matt Cassel is expected to start Week 5 against the Dolphins.

With Marcus Mariota sidelined by a hamstring injury, Cassel will get the nod. He was awful off the bench last week in Houston, and his presence is a big downgrade for Tennessee's offense. It also makes the Dolphins DST an interesting streaming and DFS option. Mariota could miss multiple games.
Sun, Oct 8, 2017 10:04:00 AM

Matt Cassel completed 6-of-10 passes for 96 yards and two interceptions and lost a fumble in the Titans' Week 4 loss to Houston.

Cassel was predictably awful off the bench in place of Marcus Mariota, committing three turnovers including a pick six. Mariota was ruled out quickly on Sunday following his hamstring strain, boding poorly for his chances of playing in Week 5 at Miami. In that case, Cassel would be the Titans' starter, and all Tennessee skill players would get severe fantasy downgrades.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 04:02:00 PM

Titans backup QB Matt Cassel will be sidelined six weeks with a thumb injury.

He needs surgery to have a pin inserted into his throwing thumb. Even with Marcus Mariota still working his way back from a broken fibula, the Titans don't plan to add any quarterback help. They'll roll with Alex Tanney and Tyler Ferguson as arms for the remainder of OTAs and possibly minicamp.
Wed, May 31, 2017 01:39:00 PM

Titans re-signed backup QB Matt Cassel to a two-year contract.

Cassel was scheduled to be a free agent. With starter Marcus Mariota recovering from a broken leg, it makes sense for the Titans to bring back his veteran backup. Cassel completed 29-of-50 pass attempts for 274 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in two games after Mariota was injured last season.
Thu, Mar 2, 2017 10:05:00 AM

Matt Cassel completed 16-of-26 passes for 150 yards, one touchdown and an interception in the Titans' Week 17 win over the Texans.

Making his first start of the season, the Titans tried to hide Cassel as much as possible. Going on 35, Cassel hasn't had it in quite some time. Marcus Mariota has had an extremely promising first two years, but also been a bit of an injury risk. The Titans need to upgrade at their No. 2 spot for 2017. Headed to free agency, Cassel is unlikely to be back.
Sun, Jan 1, 2017 05:46:00 PM

The Titans will start Matt Cassel at quarterback in Week 17 against the Texans.

Cassel will be a good target for Houston's D/ST. Speaking Monday, coach Mike Mularkey didn't rule out giving practice-squad QB Alex Tanney a look during the game. A 34-year-old journeyman, Cassel has a 9:12 TD-to-INT ratio over the past three seasons. He's drawing the start in place of Marcus Mariota (broken leg).
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 03:56:00 PM

Matt Cassel completed 13-of-24 passes for 124 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Titans' Week 16 loss to the Jaguars.

Cassel came in and threw a 14-yard touchdown to Delanie Walker, before returning the favor on a long pick six to Jalen Ramsey. A 34-year-old journeyman backup, Cassel will close out the season as the Titans' starting quarterback after Marcus Mariota fractured his ankle/fibula against Jacksonville. Tennessee's season wraps up in Week 17 against division-rival Houston.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 05:27:00 PM

Titans signed QB Matt Cassel, formerly of the Cowboys, to a one-year, $2 million contract.

The journey continues for Cassel, who is headed to his fourth team in three seasons. Cassel enjoyed a brief stint as the Cowboys' starter last year but was predictably awful and eventually fell behind Kellen Moore on the depth chart. He'll be no better than third string in Tennessee behind starter Marcus Mariota and backup Zach Mettenberger.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 04:42:00 PM

The Cowboys benched Matt Cassel in favor of Kellen Moore in the second quarter of Saturday night's Week 15 game against the Jets.

This is Moore's first NFL regular season action. Cassel's beginning to the game couldn't have gone much worse, completing 4-of-9 throws for 36 yards and an interception. Cassel panicked badly on his fifth pass of the game when his first read was covered, changing direction in the pocket before throwing up a duck Darrelle Revis easily caught. Rather hilariously, Cassel was also flagged for intentional grounding on the pick. On Cassel's very next dropback, he was sacked by Jets SS Calvin Pryor for a whopping 19-yard loss. Moore proceeded to throw his own interception on his second NFL pass.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 09:23:00 PM

A source tells ESPN's Ed Werder that Matt Cassel will start Saturday night, but is "on a short leash."

This doesn't come as a surprise after Kellen Moore got some first-team reps this week. Cassel has held the entire offense back in his six starts, completing 59.2 percent of his passes with a 5:6 TD/INT ratio. The Cowboys will turn to Moore if Cassel's struggles continue against the Jets.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 06:24:00 PM

Coach Jason Garrett confirmed Monday that the Cowboys will stick with Matt Cassel at quarterback in Week 15 against the Jets.

It's probably going to get ugly (again) for Cassel against a Jets defense that's shut down Eli Manning and Marcus Mariota in back-to-back weeks. Dallas' alternative would be practice squad-type Kellen Moore. Through six starts, Cassel has a 1-5 record. He has completed 59.2 percent of his passes with a 6.3 yards-per-attempt average and a TD-to-INT ratio of 5:6.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 04:27:00 PM

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett does not appear ready to make a quarterback switch.

"We believe in Matt Cassel. We believe he can win games for us," Garrett said before adding, "We will evaluate the tape before we talk about anything regarding personnel." The last tidbit at least leaves open the door Kellen Moore will get a shot to show what he can do, but it does not sound as if that shot will come this week. Cassel threw for 114 yards on 29 attempts against the Packers and has thrown just one touchdown pass in his last four appearances.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 09:30:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Jake Rudock
3Matt Cassel
RB1Kerryon Johnson
2Theo Riddick
3LeGarrette Blount
4Ameer Abdullah
5Dwayne Washington
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Kerryon Johnson
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Kerryon Johnson
FB1Nick Bawden
WR11Marvin Jones
2Kenny Golladay
3Andy Jones
4Dontez Ford
WR21Golden Tate
2T.J. Jones
3Jace Billingsley
4Bradley Marquez
WR31Kenny Golladay
TE1Luke Willson
2Michael Roberts
3Levine Toilolo
4Hakeem Valles
5Marcus Lucas
LT1Taylor Decker
2Tyrell Crosby
3Brian Mihalik
LG1Graham Glasgow
2Joe Dahl
3Dan Skipper
C1Frank Ragnow
2Wesley Johnson
RG1T.J. Lang
2Kenny Wiggins
3Leo Koloamatangi
RT1Rick Wagner
2Corey Robinson
3Adam Bisnowaty
K1Matt Prater