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Matt Cassel | Quarterback

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/17/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 228
College: USC
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Matt Cassel completed 19-of-36 passes for 202 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions against the Patriots Week 2.
Cassel started the game 4-for-4 with a touchdown, but imploded after the first drive, leading to chants of "Teddy" after the third interception. All of the interceptions were poor decisions by Cassel, but he was partly forced into those decisions because of the Vikings complete inability to run the football. With a trip to the Superdome next up on the schedule, Minnesota will likely let Cassel start at least one more game, but his leash became considerably shorter on Sunday. Sep 14 - 4:41 PM

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Matt Cassel completed 17-of-25 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings' Week 1, 34-6 throttling of the Rams.

Cassel couldn't have managed OC Norv Turner's offense much better, as he finished with a 113.8 passer rating and acceptable 6.8 YPA. He got the ball out of his hand quickly and took just one sack against the Rams' fearsome front-four. Cassel hooked up with Greg Jennings for an eight-yard score just before the half, and then found Kyle Rudolph for a seven-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Vikings and Cassel host the Patriots in Week 2. He's a back-end QB2.
Sep 7 - 4:40 PM

The Vikings will start Matt Cassel Week 1, according to FOX's Jay Glazer.

Cassel started all three preseason games, looking sharp while going 26-of-39 (66.6 percent) for 367 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Teddy Bridgewater was also solid in his three appearances, going 26-of-40 for 266 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. The close battle predictably goes to the veteran, as Cassel was always expected to be a bridge while the first-round rookie develops a little bit. Cassel, a low-end QB2 for now with a dash of upside thanks to Norv Turner's vertical scheme, will not have a long leash.
Aug 25 - 9:43 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is not yet ready to name a Week 1 starting quarterback.

The Vikings gave Matt Cassel the starting treatment in Saturday night's third preseason game, letting him command the first-team offense into the third quarter. Zimmer stated both Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater did "well" against the Chiefs, and has never given a timetable to name his first-string signal caller. We fully expect Cassel to get the Week 1 nod, but his leash will not be long.
Aug 24 - 1:08 PM

Matt Cassel completed 9-of-17 passes for 152 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in Saturday night's third preseason game at Kansas City.

He scrambled once for four yards. Playing into the third quarter -- a sure sign he's won Minnesota's starting quarterback job -- Cassel opened the game with a 53-yard touchdown to Cordarrelle Patterson off play-action, before his play began to deteriorate. Cassel is 26-of-39 passing for 367 yards and a 2:1 TD-to-INT ratio in the exhibition season. He will start Week 1, but will be on a short leash. Teddy Bridgewater has four touchdowns and no picks in August.
Aug 23 - 11:18 PM

Matt Cassel will start Saturday's third preseason game against the Chiefs.

It's Cassel's third straight start, proving he's firmly ahead of Teddy Bridgewater for the Week 1 starting gig. Only a total faceplant Saturday would muddle things. Through two preseason games, Cassel is 17-of-22 for 210 yards with one touchdown and no picks, showing excellent command of the new Norv Turner scheme. Bridgewater is 22-of-33 for 259 yards with two touchdowns and no picks. He also led a game-winning drive in an impressive second preseason game, albeit against the Cardinals' third-string defense.
Aug 18 - 12:59 PM

Matt Cassel completed 12-of-16 passes for 153 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings' second preseason game against the Cardinals on Saturday.

Cassel has just about locked up the starting job, and could be named the Week 1 starter as soon as early next week. Through two preseason games, Cassel is 17-of-22 passing for 210 yards and the one touchdown. He showed a good rapport with Kyle Rudolph versus Arizona, hitting his tight end four times for 89 yards and a 51-yard score. Cassel looks like a natural in Norv Turner's offense. Don't get too excited though, Vikings fans. We are talking about Matt Cassel.
Aug 16 - 10:42 PM

Matt Cassel is viewed as the heavy favorite to start Week 1 against the Rams, and some of the players are already "certain" he'll get the nod.

If Cassel plays as well as he did in the preseason opener again this week and Teddy Bridgewater can't get the offensive into drive, then it will be an easy call for coach Mike Zimmer. But Zimmer has already hinted he's made up his mind. Zimmer praised Cassel's ability to "make the calls and getting things out in the right way," while he said he "loves" Bridgewater but doesn't know "when" he'll be ready. At this point, it would be an upset if Cassel doesn't start Week 1.
Source: USA Today
Aug 15 - 12:45 PM

Live from Vikings camp, ESPN's Britt McHenry reported Thursday "it appears right now" Matt Cassel will be the Vikings' "starter to open the season."

Teddy Bridgewater is reportedly taking rookie lumps, throwing five interceptions in practice this week. While Bridgewater remains the future in Minnesota, it would make more sense to open the year with Cassel under center and bench him at some point for Teddy, rather than the other way around. Cassel also outplayed Bridgewater by a wide margin in the Vikings' preseason opener.
Aug 14 - 12:15 PM

Matt Cassel will start the Vikings' second preseason game Saturday.

Round 1 of the QB battle went to Cassel as he led the Vikings to a touchdown drive on his only series in the preseason opener. Teddy Bridgewater went 6-of-13 for 49 yards, fumbled and was sacked twice. So Cassel gets the nod again, a strong sign that he's the favorite to start Week 1. Regardless, we're expecting Bridgewater to make several starts this season as long as he progresses.
Aug 11 - 8:13 AM

Profootballtalk reports the Vikings don't have a timetable to name a starting quarterback.

Matt Cassel has the early edge after outperforming Teddy Bridgewater in Minnesota's preseason opener, but will need to continue his strong start to win the job. There's a good chance the Vikings will name their starter prior to the third preseason game. Cassel will be on a short leash if he starts Week 1.
Aug 9 - 7:17 PM

Matt Cassel completed 5-of-6 passes for 62 yards in Friday night's preseason opener against the Raiders.

Cassel started over Teddy Bridgewater and led the Vikings to a touchdown on his only series. He showed the ability to get both Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph involved, which he'll likely need to do on a consistent basis to win the starting job. Cassel has gotten the majority of first-team reps to this point, but needs to continue his strong start to hold off Bridgewater.
Aug 8 - 8:59 PM

Matt Cassel is listed as the starting quarterback on the Vikings' first unofficial depth chart.

As expected. Cassel is likely to get the nod in the preseason opener, but he's already feeling the heat from Teddy Bridgewater. Both should play a decent amount the first two exhibition games before the Vikings likely make a decision in a couple weeks. Bridgewater has made the most noise since camp opened.
Aug 5 - 2:04 PM

Speaking Thursday, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Matt Cassel is the team's No. 1 quarterback heading into camp.

That's been the expectation all along. No. 32 pick Teddy Bridgewater should give Cassel a run for his money, but the Vikes appear content to go into Week 1 with the veteran under center. However, we fully expect Bridgewater to make starts this season, likely early.
Jul 24 - 1:45 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero considers Matt Cassel the "heavy favorite" to start at quarterback for the Vikings.

Pelissero is a former longtime Vikings beat reporter, so his opinion is notable. Teddy Bridgewater was mixed in with the first-team offense this spring, but is pretty clearly behind Cassel. Tape gurus Greg Cosell and Ron Jaworski have both stated Cassel is a better fit for Norv Turner's offense than Bridgewater. Turner pushes the ball vertically, which is Bridgewater's weakness.
Source: USA Today
Jul 21 - 1:08 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matt Cassel
2Teddy Bridgewater
3Christian Ponder
RB1Matt Asiata
2Jerick McKinnon
3Joe Banyard
4Adrian Peterson
GLB1Matt Asiata
2Jerick McKinnon
3RB1Matt Asiata
2Jerick McKinnon
FB1MarQueis Gray
WR11Greg Jennings
2Jarius Wright
3Rodney Smith
WR21Cordarrelle Patterson
2Adam Thielen
3Charles Johnson
WR31Jarius Wright
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2Rhett Ellison
3MarQueis Gray
K1Blair Walsh