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Matt Cassel | Quarterback

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (33) / 5/17/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 228
College: USC
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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. Nov 28 - 11:22 AM

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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.
Nov 26 - 8:06 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.
Nov 15 - 4:52 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.
Nov 11 - 5:08 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.
Nov 9 - 12:20 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.
Nov 4 - 6:22 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.
Nov 1 - 8:21 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.
Oct 25 - 7:33 PM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the team switched to Matt Cassel because he is more aggressive than Brandon Weeden.

"Weeden was so conservative, he was coached to be conservative to a degree, but he was not taking chances with that ball," Jones said. "Now, we know you can’t make plays if you don’t take some chances. So, we’ll see more of that." Weeden attempted deep passes on just over 10 percent of his throws according to Pro Football Focus, but the Cowboys' lack of receiving talent certainly did not help Weeden make plays. Cassel should get Dez Bryant (foot) back early in his tenure, and Bryant's return will ultimately play a bigger role than his aggressiveness in whatever success Cassel finds.
Oct 17 - 11:38 AM

Coach Jason Garrett confirmed Matt Cassel will start Week 7 against the Giants.

Brandon Weeden and his 0-3 record and 1:2 TD:INT ratio will head to the bench. With the Cowboys on their bye week, they've decided to make a few changes to the offense. Cassel is the new "game manager" at quarterback, and La'El Collins has replaced LG Ronald Leary up front. Christine Michael is also expected to get more work at running back. Cassel isn't on the fantasy radar.
Oct 14 - 12:35 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports Brandon Weeden has been benched for Matt Cassel.

It could be seen coming from a mile away after Weeden (again) face-planted against the Patriots. Now 33, Cassel is obviously not a starting-caliber quarterback, but OC Scott Linehan must (correctly) believe he can be more easily molded than Weeden. Cassel will play caretaker, hoping not to screw things up any further as the Cowboys wait on Tony Romo and Dez Bryant to return. Cassel will rarely, if ever, be on the streaming radar.
Oct 13 - 4:36 PM

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones confirmed the team is considering starting Matt Cassel Week 7 against the Giants.

"Don't be surprised if we think about a quarterback change with Cassel," Jones said. Jason Garrett has already said he would consider a change over the bye, and Bleacher Report's Jason Cole said it is "highly likely" Cassel emerges from the break as a starter. At this point, it would be an upset if Brandon Weeden starts another game for Dallas.
Oct 13 - 1:33 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports it is "highly likely" QB Matt Cassel is the Cowboys' starter following the Week 6 bye.

Coach Jason Garrett conceded he was considering a quarterback change following the loss to the Patriots, and there has been speculation since Dallas acquired Cassel that Brandon Weeden was just a placeholder. The bye affords a perfect opportunity for Dallas to make the switch. It would be surprising if Cassel is not the starter Week 7 against the Giants.
Oct 12 - 12:08 PM

Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' website believes coach Jason Garrett "has to" make a change at quarterback during Dallas' Week 6 bye.

Broaddus -- who is extremely plugged in with all things Cowboys after working as a personnel man for the team -- believes Garrett will "lose the locker room" if he sticks with Brandon Weeden. Matt Cassel is Garrett's alternative. Tony Romo (collarbone) is on I.R./return and won't be back before Week 11.
Oct 11 - 7:43 PM

Matt Cassel told ESPN's Ed Werder he'll be active Sunday against the Patriots.

It's the first time he's been active since the Bills traded him to Dallas. The expectation is that Cassel will be the No. 2 quarterback behind starter Brandon Weeden. Former Lion Kellen Moore is also on the Cowboys' roster.
Oct 9 - 2:11 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Tony Romo
2Matt Cassel
RB1Darren McFadden
2Rod Smith
3Robert Turbin
4Trey Williams
GLB1Darren McFadden
2Rod Smith
3RB1Darren McFadden
2Rod Smith
FB1Tyler Clutts
WR11Dez Bryant
2Cole Beasley
3Devin Street
WR21Terrance Williams
2Lucky Whitehead
3Brice Butler
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2Gavin Escobar
3James Hanna
4Geoff Swaim
LT1Tyron Smith
2Charles Brown
LG1La'El Collins
2Ronald Leary
C1Travis Frederick
2Mackenzy Bernadeau
RG1Zack Martin
RT1Doug Free
K1Dan Bailey