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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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Matt Cassel received the first rep in team drills when the Bills opened training camp Friday.
Tyrod Taylor was second up, while E.J. Manuel and Matt Simms were Nos. 3 and 4. We wouldn't read much into this, as this figures to be a full-blown competition for much of the summer. Cassel received the bulk of the reps Friday, but didn't draw positive reviews from Bills beat writers. His spring struggles appear to have carried over. Taylor and Manuel will get plenty of work with the ones. Jul 31 - 11:52 AM

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ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak left Matt Cassel off his initial 53-man roster projection heading into training camp.

Rodak has been driving home the point that Cassel is squarely on the roster bubble in Buffalo. On his way-early roster projection, Rodak has the Bills keeping E.J. Manuel and Tyrod Taylor and cutting Cassel and Matt Simms. There's obviously plenty of time for Cassel to right his spring wrongs, but this just goes to show how truly awful he must have looked at OTAs and minicamp.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 24 - 11:26 AM

ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak believes Matt Cassel is on the team's roster bubble.

Rodak is reiterating a point he made last month, but it's still notable. Rodak believes Cassel was "noticeably worse" than E.J. Manuel and Tyrod Taylor this spring. During the Bills' six practices open to the media, Cassel was "inaccurate, made poor decisions with the ball and was intercepted more than the other two quarterbacks." Rodak believes Cassel needs to "clean up his accuracy and interception problems from OTAs" if he wants to cement himself as Rex Ryan's starter. Cutting Cassel would create $4.15 million in cap space.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 16 - 4:22 PM

Per the Buffalo News' Vic Carucci, Matt Cassel was "easily the worst-looking quarterback" at Bills offseason practices.

"Cassel doesn’t move well, he doesn’t always throw the prettiest ball, and has easily had the worst-looking practice performances of all of the quarterbacks," wrote Carucci, who isn't the first Bills writer to dog on the 11-year veteran this spring. With spring practices in the books, it sounded like E.J. Manuel was the best of the bad among Bills quarterbacks. Still, odds are Cassel will get the nod to start come Week 1 unless he completely faceplants in the preseason.
Jun 22 - 9:29 PM

ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak suggests Matt Cassel might be on the roster bubble entering training camp.

Rodak calls Cassel the "clear loser" after OTAs, where he was outplayed by E.J. Manuel. Cassel was reportedly "just downright bad" in one or two practices. Rodak says he initially believed Cassel would be the Bills' Week 1 starter, but "now question(s) if he will make the roster." If Cassel's struggles continue into August, Buffalo could save $4.15 million by cutting him.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 19 - 3:03 PM

Matt Cassel had a "brutal" day during Wednesday's OTAs.

We're not going to overreact to June minicamp performances. But this is a reminder that Cassel won't run away from E.J. Manuel/Tyrod Taylor, and is a poor bet to succeed if he does win the job. Cassel "put too much air under his throws. ... was late on throws, was inaccurate ... and missed a deep throw by about 15 yards." The Bills are going to try to hide their quarterback situation by saddling up LeSean McCoy and the run game.
Source: WKBW.com
Jun 11 - 9:45 AM

The Bills are giving all three of their quarterbacks equal reps at their voluntary minicamp this week.

Rex Ryan has problems at the quarterback position and he knows it. We'd consider Matt Cassel the favorite, with E.J. Manuel and Tyrod Taylor also in the mix. Don't expect a starter to get named until deep into training camp.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 28 - 12:43 PM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reports the Bills are looking to extend Matt Cassel's contract to make it "cap friendlier."

Going into the final year of his deal, Cassel is currently due $4.75 million between salary and bonuses. Kicking the can down the road on a 33-year-old (in May) backup talent doesn't seem like the most prudent cap strategy, but the Bills continue to be ultra-aggressive as they claw for relevance in the AFC East.
Mar 24 - 7:10 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia expects Matt Cassel to be the Bills' Week 1 starter.

Buscaglia admits it's just a "gut" feeling, but we would project this as well. Unless E.J. Manuel suddenly becomes a confident pocket player and accurate thrower, Cassel will be the Bills' best option. With Cassel, new OC Greg Roman may hope to recreate the success he had in San Francisco with game manager Alex Smith. The Bills will be able to "protect" their quarterback with a high-volume run game and one of the NFL's premier defenses.
Mar 11 - 11:14 PM

Bills acquired QB Matt Cassel and a 2015 sixth-round pick from the Vikings in exchange for a 2015 fifth-round pick and 2016 seventh-round pick.

After swinging a blockbuster deal for LeSean McCoy on Tuesday, GM Doug Whaley is back at it again Wednesday. After losing out to the Browns for Josh McCown, the Bills turned their attention to the trade market. It's basically a salary dump by the Vikings, who save $4.75 million against the cap and further clear the quarterback room for Teddy Bridgewater. Cassel, 33 in May, appeared in 12 games (nine starts) for Minnesota the past two seasons, composing a 4-5 record with a 14:13 TD:INT ratio and 6.9 YPA average. He's nothing more than a game manager who will compete with E.J. Manuel for the starting job.
Mar 4 - 12:36 PM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman hinted Matt Cassel would return as Teddy Bridgewater's backup in 2015.

Cassel is owed $4.75 million, a number that includes a $500K roster bonus due March 17. It sounds like the Vikings are willing to pick up that tab. "Matt's done a great job," Spielman said. "He came in and won some games when he had to play and he’s a great locker room guy. Matt adds a lot of value to us."
Feb 20 - 8:25 AM

Matt Cassel has a $500,000 roster bonus due on March 17.

Cassel is slated to make $4.15 million in 2015. His contract is reasonable for a top backup, but the Vikings could avoid paying any further guaranteed money by cutting him. Cassel is four months removed from Lisfranc surgery and questionable to be ready for OTAs.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 30 - 4:57 PM

Matt Cassel will undergo surgery to repair his broken foot on Friday.

Cassel was placed on I.R. earlier this week, so his season is already over. He broke "several bones" while getting tackled on a quarterback keeper against the Saints. It's believed Cassel is dealing with a severe Lisfranc injury. He's signed through 2015, and could be back as a serviceable No. 2 to Teddy Bridgewater.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 11:16:00 AM

Vikings placed QB Matt Cassel on injured reserve with a broken foot, ending his season.

Cassel broke "several bones" in his foot in last week's loss to the Saints. He's likely dealing with a severe Lisfranc injury. Cassel had a fine preseason and Week 1 against the Rams, but struggled badly the past two starts. The Teddy Bridgewater chants were ringing through TCF Bank Stadium in Week 2, and now the 32nd pick in May's draft will get his shot. It's Bridgewater's team for the foreseeable future. He's a low-end QB2 until we see him put it together. Christian Ponder is the No. 2. Cassel is signed through 2015.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 09:52:00 AM

Matt Cassel fractured several bones in his foot during Sunday's Week 3 loss at New Orleans and is out indefinitely.

We don't have a timetable yet, but players can't gut it out through broken bones in their feet. This is rookie Teddy Bridgewater's team now, a good thing for the entire Vikings offense. Bridgewater went 12-of-20 for 150 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions and also rushed six times for 27 yards in relief Sunday.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 04:11:00 PM