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Matt Cassel | Quarterback | #16

Team: Tennessee Titans
Age / DOB:  (33) / 5/17/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 228
College: USC
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 7 (230) / NE
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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. Mar 9 - 4:42 PM

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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

Matt Cassel completed 13-of-29 passes for 114 yards and an interception in Dallas' 28-7, Week 14 loss to the Packers.

Cassel was as bad as a quarterback could be, comprehensively failing to challenge a defense that lost its No. 1 cornerback Sam Shields in the first half. Cassel displayed sub-Peyton arm drive, and so little accuracy it was hard to believe he was the best the Cowboys had to offer with their season on the line. Cassel is the complete 180 of a playmaker. Perhaps it's finally time for the Cowboys to see what Kellen Moore can do against the Jets in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 07:39:00 PM

Matt Cassel completed 16-of-29 passes for 222 yards in the Cowboys' Week 13 win over the Redskins on Monday night.

Cassel didn't play well at all, missing several throws with inaccurate passes, but at least he didn't turn the ball over and helped guide the Cowboys to their first Tony Romo-less win of the season. At 4-8, they sit one game back of the 5-7 three-way-tied Eagles, Redskins, and Giants atop the worst division in football. For much of the game, Cassel rarely looked toward Dez Bryant, as the No. 1 receiver didn't catch a pass until the fourth quarter. He went off on the sidelines and had to be calmed down by the coaching staff, and at one point even took off his shoes in disgust. Cassel's longest pass of the game went to Bryant, however, as the two hooked up on a 42-yard deep ball to put the offense at the two-yard line before settling for a field goal. Cassel won't be on the streaming radar next week on the road at Green Bay.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 12:04:00 AM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones believes Matt Cassel is more prepared to be the starting quarterback.

"Now he's gotten the benefit of being here all of this time playing in the games, and he will be able to do more, we'll be able to do more with our offense," Jones said. "We can plan on that. He's very capable, we were very fortunate he was available to us when Tony went down." It is unclear what Cassel did in two weeks as Tony Romo's (broken collarbone) backup to become a quality starter, but he is Dallas' only hope at this point. Cassel does not need to be added except in the deepest of formats.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 11:22:00 AM

Matt Cassel completed 13-of-19 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' Week 12 loss to Carolina.

Tony Romo appeared to re-fracture his collarbone in Thursday's defeat, which would force Cassel back into the starting lineup for the remainder of the season. We've seen Cassel's act before, and it's not pretty. Even against the Redskins in Week 13, Cassel would be a low-end two-quarterback-league option.
Thu, Nov 26, 2015 08:06:00 PM

Matt Cassel completed 19-of-30 passes for 186 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception in Dallas' 10-6, Week 10 loss to the Bucs.

He also fumbled, but the Cowboys recovered. The Cassel "era" ends as it began, with few big plays and little hope for the Cowboys to win. The career backup will now head back to the bench as Tony Romo (collarbone) returns for Week 11. Romo's return is a massive upgrade for every Cowboys skill player, and will help the defense/special teams, as well. Cassel could have a hard time finding No. 2 work next season.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 04:52:00 PM

Matt Cassel (knee) is practicing in full for Week 10.

He also practiced in full last week. Cassel will make one more start before Tony Romo returns in Week 11.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 05:08:00 PM

Matt Cassel completed 25-of-38 passes for 299 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception in Sunday night's Week 9 loss to the Eagles.

It’s a huge upgrade from Cassel's last two games, but he took a lot of sacks and threw a fourth-quarter pick-six. Cassel checked down to Cole Beasley most of the night, targeting him 11 times and on two of his touchdowns. His only non-Beasley TD was a heave to the back of the end-zone that Dez Bryant came down with. The loss is the sixth straight for Dallas. Cassel will start one more game before Tony Romo is eligible to return.
Mon, Nov 9, 2015 12:20:00 AM

Matt Cassel (knee) is listed on the Week 9 injury report, but is practicing in full.

Cassel was injured on the final drive last week. He'll be fine for Sunday night against the Eagles. Cassel is averaging only 162 YPG in two starts since replacing Brandon Weeden.
Wed, Nov 4, 2015 06:22:00 PM

Matt Cassel completed 13-of-25 passes for 97 yards and rushed four times for 43 yards in the Cowboys' Week 8 loss to the Seahawks.

Cassel wasn’t asked to do much, but even for a game-manager this was a pretty subpar effort. He didn’t turn the ball over but that’s about the only silver lining you’ll find from this one. Cassel looked completely out of his element on the Cowboys’ final drive. He threw a pass that was so mind-blowingly bad the officials initially called it a fumble before overturning it on replay. After that, Cassel let Cliff Avril take his lunch money on a monster sack before heaving up a wobbly Hail Mary that Richard Sherman easily could have intercepted. Cassel has averaged 6.23 yards per attempt in his two starts since taking over for the equally incompetent Brandon Weeden. The 35 year old has a nice matchup waiting for him against the Eagles in Week 9, but we doubt he’ll be able to take advantage of it.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 08:21:00 PM

Matt Cassel completed 17-of-27 passes for 227 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in Dallas' 27-20, Week 7 loss to the Giants.

Cassel attempted/made some daring throws that Brandon Weeden wouldn't even dream of, but doomed the Cowboys with three straight second half picks. The first was housed for a touchdown by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, while the second was an embarrassing lob that could have been a long touchdown had it had anything on it. It was a poor performance, but still better than Weeden had been offering. Cassel will remain under center for next week's game against the Seahawks. That one could get ugly in a hurry.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 07:33:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Marcus Mariota
2Zach Mettenberger
3Matt Cassel
4Alex Tanney
RB1DeMarco Murray
2Dexter McCluster
3Antonio Andrews
4David Cobb
5Bishop Sankey
GLB1DeMarco Murray
2Antonio Andrews
3RB1Dexter McCluster
2DeMarco Murray
FB1Jalston Fowler
WR11Kendall Wright
2Harry Douglas
3Tre McBride
4Damaris Johnson
5Nick Harwell
WR21Dorial Green-Beckham
2Rishard Matthews
3Justin Hunter
4Andrew Turzilli
WR31Rishard Matthews
TE1Delanie Walker
2Craig Stevens
3Anthony Fasano
4Phillip Supernaw
5Kevin Greene
LT1Taylor Lewan
LG1Byron Bell
2Ropati Pitoitua
3Quinton Spain
C1Ben Jones
2Brian Schwenke
3Andy Gallik
RG1Chance Warmack
2Josue Matias
RT1Jack Conklin
2William Poehls
K1Ryan Succop