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Matt Cassel | Quarterback

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (33) / 5/17/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 228
College: USC
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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport expects the Bills to cut a quarterback after naming Tyrod Taylor their starter.
Coach Rex Ryan has said the team would probably keep three quarterbacks, but he has been anything but forthcoming about his quarterbacks during the last month. E.J. Manuel seems like the obvious choice if Buffalo decides to release someone, but Matt Cassel's $4.75 million cap charge could earn him the boot. The Bills would get all of that $4.75 million off the cap by releasing Cassel. Aug 31 - 12:15 PM

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Matt Cassel completed 6-of-7 passes for 38 yards in Buffalo's third preseason game.

E.J. Manuel started, with Cassel the No. 2 quarterback through the rotation. Cassel nearly threw a pick-six on a tipped pass at the line of scrimmage, but managed to avoid making any other mistakes. The Bills can't be overly impressed with what the saw from Cassel. Cassel is 13-of-15 for 83 yards in two preseason appearances.
Aug 29 - 5:44 PM

WKBW's Joe Buscaglia still considers Matt Cassel the favorite for the Bills' starting job.

Tyrod Taylor has been building steady momentum, but ace beat writer Buscaglia still thinks it's Cassel's job to lose. It sounds like the competition could come down to next week's preseason game. Speaking Saturday, coach Rex Ryan said it's a "high, high possibility" the team keeps three quarterbacks, meaning E.J. Manuel's roster spot is likely safe.
Source: ABC Buffalo
Aug 22 - 6:28 PM

Matt Cassel worked with the first-team offense in Saturday's practice.

It appeared Tyrod Taylor had taken hold of the starting job after Cassel missed Thursday's preseason game, but the battle appears to still be going strong. This also could be a diversion technique from coach Rex Ryan, who said after Thursday's game he would not announce his starter until the last possible minute. Taylor remains the favorite to start Week 1.
Aug 22 - 11:06 AM

Matt Cassel won't play in Thursday's preseason game against the Browns.

It will be an extended showcase for Tyrod Taylor, whom the Bills desperately want to seize the No. 1 job. Of course, he'll be missing his top five running backs and top three receivers against a pretty good defense. E.J. Manuel should get some extended run in the absence of Cassel. The 2013 first-rounder could be auditioning for his roster spot.
Aug 20 - 7:04 PM

NFL Network's Albert Breer reports Matt Cassel has been "much better" in camp than he was in OTAs.

Breer points toward Cassel's foot getting back to 100 percent as the reason. Nevertheless, Breer has also reported that Tyrod Taylor could lock up No. 1 duties with a strong performance against the Browns on Thursday. The Bills have been hinting for days that they want to hand the reins to Joe Flacco's longtime backup.
Aug 20 - 3:12 PM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci confirms the Bills' quarterback battle has "clearly" become a two-man race between Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor.

E.J. Manuel "continues to fade out of the competition," Carucci wrote. Manuel's practice reps have diminished, while Cassel started Buffalo's preseason opener and Taylor will start the second game. Our money is on Cassel starting in Week 1, but we'd also bet on seeing Taylor at some point this season.
Aug 17 - 4:51 PM

Matt Cassel completed 7-of-8 passes for 45 yards in Buffalo's preseason opener.

Cassel started and showed good accuracy on the first two series, but didn't take any chances downfield. His longest pass was a 15-yard catch by Charles Clay. Cassel did nothing to lose his early lead on the starting job, but the Bills plan to use the entire preseason before making a decision. Tyrod Taylor replaced Cassel late in the first quarter and could start the Bills second preseason game.
Aug 14 - 7:55 PM

Bills OC Greg Roman was noncommittal when asked if Matt Cassel is the front-runner to start.

Cassel will start Buffalo's first preseason game, but remains in a three-man competition with Tyrod Taylor and E.J. Manuel. The Bills plan to take most of training camp before deciding on their quarterback. Cassel has reportedly looked better in recent weeks after generating negative offseason reviews. Regardless of who starts, Buffalo will be among the most run-heavy teams in the league.
Aug 12 - 5:19 PM

According to the Buffalo News, Matt Cassel is the "clear front-runner" in the Bills' quarterback competition.

Per beat writers Vic Carucci and Tyler Dunne, the job is Matt Cassel's "to lose" heading into the exhibition opener. Lose it he very well may, but Cassel is the leader after two weeks of camp. He'll start the first preseason game, and Tyrod Taylor will run with the twos. E.J. Manuel is a distant third. Dunne and Carucci suggest Cassel as a poor man's Alex Smith for OC Greg Roman.
Aug 12 - 1:43 PM

Matt Cassel will start Friday's preseason opener against the Panthers.

Cassel gets the nod over E.J. Manuel and Tyrod Taylor. It suggests he has his nose in front of this hideous three-man battle, but this job is far from decided. Coach Rex Ryan has already said he may not even name his starter until just before Week 1. No matter who wins out, they'll be asked to hand the ball off and avoid mistakes as the Bills try to win games with their defense.
Aug 10 - 12:21 PM

Coach Rex Ryan said Matt Cassel will probably start the preseason opener.

The Bills decision to go with Cassel is likely out of veteran deference. Buffalo is expected to rotate starts after the first preseason game. E.J. Manuel got the first series with the starters in Saturday's scrimmage. Buffalo's quarterback competition should extend until late in training camp.
Aug 8 - 8:39 PM

Coach Rex Ryan said he may not name a starting quarterback until September 13, the Bills' Week 1 opener against the Colts.

Ideally, Ryan would like to know who his starter will be heading into the final preseason game, and the quarterbacks would prefer to know as soon as possible. But neither Matt Cassel, E.J. Manuel, nor Tyrod Taylor has pulled away from the other two after a week-plus of camp. Based on camp reports, Cassel is the slight favorite, Taylor is the unknown with a willingness to pull the trigger on big plays, and Manuel has had the best and worst practice days of the three.
Aug 7 - 12:35 PM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci considers Matt Cassel the leader of the Bills' quarterback competition after four training-camp practices.

Cassel has "done just enough" to remain ahead of Tyrod Taylor and E.J. Manuel and would be the "default choice" to start if today was Week 1. Cassel is doing nothing to win the job; he simply hasn't been as bad as the other two. GM Doug Whaley openly admitted Wednesday morning the Bills are in "quarterback purgatory," as in they're going to be too good to get a top pick in the draft.
Aug 5 - 9:34 AM

The Buffalo News considers Matt Cassel the "leader in the clubhouse right now" in the Bills' quarterback derby.

Cassel hasn't been particularly sharp in early-camp practices, but he's been more consistent than E.J. Manuel, who has reportedly appeared overwhelmed. Tyrod Taylor would give the Bills' offense a potentially-exciting read-option element, but his passing leaves much to be desired. Regardless of which player "wins" the quarterback battle, his job will be strictly avoiding turnovers in 2015.
Aug 2 - 3:29 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Tyrod Taylor
2Matt Cassel
3E.J. Manuel
4Matt Simms
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Anthony Dixon
3Karlos Williams
4Bryce Brown
5Bronson Hill
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Anthony Dixon
3RB1LeSean McCoy
2Anthony Dixon
FB1Jerome Felton
2John Conner
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Marquise Goodwin
3Marcus Easley
4Dezmin Lewis
5Marcus Thigpen
WR21Robert Woods
2Percy Harvin
3Chris Hogan
4Deonte Thompson
5Andre Davis
WR31Percy Harvin
TE1Charles Clay
2Matthew Mulligan
3MarQueis Gray
4Chris Gragg
5Nick O'Leary
K1Dan Carpenter
2Jordan Gay