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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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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

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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

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning that "it would not be surprising" if the Cowboys turned to Matt Cassel in Week 5 should Brandon Weeden struggle Sunday night at New Orleans.

Weeden severely limits Dallas' offense and has lost nine straight starts. Cassel wouldn't add a new dimension, but the Cowboys may feel he's a more savvy game manager. This potential move obviously hinges on Weeden's performance in a spot where he has a great matchup against a swiss-cheese New Orleans pass defense.
Oct 4 - 10:39 AM

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said QB Matt Cassel is picking up the offense quickly.

"He's working hard at it," Garrett said Monday. "He's a smart guy. He's an experienced guy. It comes to him quickly." The Dallas Morning-News speculates Cassel could be active as a backup as early as this week, and ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Sunday some people in the league expect Cassel to replace Brandon Weeden as the fill-in starter sooner rather than later.
Sep 29 - 11:25 AM

Cowboys declared QB Matt Cassel, LG Ron Leary, RB Christine Michael, DE Randy Gregory, WR Dez Bryant, DE Jeremy Mincey, and TE Geoff Swaim inactive for Week 3 against the Falcons.

Kellen Moore will back up Brandon Weeden. With Leary sidelined, La'El Collins will start after splitting snaps with Mackenzy Bernadeau last week. Bryant is targeting a Week 7 return.
Sep 27 - 11:48 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that "some around the league believe it's only a matter of time" before Matt Cassel supplants Brandon Weeden as the Cowboys' starter.

This isn't a shock at all. The Cowboys have very little confidence in Weeden, no matter that they were saying publicly this past week. The only reason Cassel isn't starting now is because he doesn't know the playbook. Weeden hasn't won a game as a starting quarterback since December 2012. The Cowboys will have to piece this together for the next two months while Tony Romo (clavicle) is out.
Sep 27 - 10:40 AM

Cowboys acquired QB Matt Cassel from the Bills in exchange for a 2017 fifth-round pick.

The 33-year-old veteran provides experienced insurance behind fill-in starter Brandon Weeden, who has been among the worst starters in the league when he's taken the field. It's possible the Cowboys will eventually turn to Cassel. The earliest Tony Romo (collarbone) can return is Week 11.
Sep 22 - 6:26 PM

Bills re-signed QB Matt Cassel.

Cassel was released at final cuts three days ago, and he likely returns at much less than the $4.15 million base salary he was scheduled to make before being cut. Now back with the team, Cassel is expected to serve as the No. 2 behind starter Tyrod Taylor. TE Nick O'Leary was waived in a corresponding move.
Sep 8 - 10:42 AM

The Texans have no interest in free agent QB Matt Cassel.

Tom Savage (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve last week, leaving the Texans with just two healthy quarterbacks. The Texans will certainly be on the lookout for a No. 3, though Cassel doesn't appear to be on their short list. The 33-year-old was cut by Buffalo Saturday after getting passed over by E.J. Manuel for backup duties behind starter Tyrod Taylor.
Sep 6 - 11:16 AM

Bills released QB Matt Cassel.

The move comes less than 24 hours after Cassel said he wouldn't be cut. It's the right decision for a team that would have been going nowhere had it installed Cassel as the head of a traditional "ground and pound" offense. Dual threats Tyrod Taylor and E.J. Manuel will help keep defenses honest, and provide a different course of attack for staunchly-traditional coach Rex Ryan. Cassel, now 33, offers very little at this point in his career, but considering the sorry state of quarterback league wide, he should find a new home relatively quickly. The Bills have also parted ways with DT Red Bryant, C Dalton Freeman, S Jonathan Meeks and LB Kevin Reddick.
Sep 5 - 2:33 PM

Matt Cassel said he doesn't expect to be released.

"There’s been no indication that way," Cassel said. "Whether or not they will is probably a question you’d have to ask them, but right now that’s what I’m planning on." Coach Rex Ryan said last month he expects to carry three quarterbacks, but Cassel's spot is in danger after getting outplayed by E.J. Manuel. Buffalo would save $4.75M from releasing Cassel.
Sep 4 - 5:41 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo's Sal Cappacio reports the Bills are "having internal debate" on whether or not to release QB Matt Cassel.

Cassel has had an up-and-down six months in Buffalo, going from struggling badly to having a so-so training camp and preseason. Meanwhile, Tyrod Taylor has lit Buffalo on fire with his legs and earned the starting job. E.J. Manuel has performed in the preseason with a 146.9 passer rating, giving him the edge over Cassel. Releasing Cassel would save the Bills $4.75 million against the cap.
Sep 2 - 8:54 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matt Cassel
2Brandon Weeden
3Kellen Moore
4Tony Romo
RB1Joseph Randle
2Darren McFadden
3Christine Michael
GLB1Joseph Randle
2Darren McFadden
3RB1Darren McFadden
2Joseph Randle
FB1Tyler Clutts
WR11Terrance Williams
2Devin Street
3Dez Bryant
WR21Cole Beasley
2Lucky Whitehead
3Brice Butler
WR31Devin Street
TE1Jason Witten
2James Hanna
3Gavin Escobar
4Geoff Swaim
LT1Tyron Smith
2Charles Brown
LG1Ronald Leary
2La'El Collins
C1Travis Frederick
2Mackenzy Bernadeau
RG1Zack Martin
RT1Doug Free
K1Dan Bailey