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16 Matt Cassel QB
Height/Weight: 6-4/228 | Birthdate: 5/17/1982 | Birthplace: Northridge, CA, USA | Team: Minnesota | College: USC | NFL Experience: 10 | Owned/Started%: 9/1 | Average Draft Position: 171.08
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Matt Cassel has multiple broken bones


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel doesn't just have turf toe, as initially reported, but multiple broken bones in his foot. He is sidelined indefinitely and could potentially miss the rest of the season.

Rookie Teddy Bridgewater, who replaced Cassel early in the second quarter Week 3 at New Orleans, figures to start for the Vikings going forward. Cassel was off to a shaky start this season with three touchdown passes compared to four interceptions.


Matt Cassel won't return in Week 3


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel, who was carted off the field early in the second quarter Week 3 at New Orleans with a toe injury, has been ruled out for the rest of the game with turf toe. Cassel was 5 for 10 for 53 yards before leaving. He also had a 5-yard run, the play that resulted in the injury.

Rookie Teddy Bridgewater took Cassel's place under center and could get the start Week 4 against the Falcons if Cassel is unable to go.


Matt Cassel carted off with foot injury


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel ran up the middle for 5 yards on third-and-10 early in the second quarter Week 3 at New Orleans, but even if he had picked up the first down, it wouldn't have been good news for the Vikings. His foot bent awkwardly as he was going down, and he limped off the field with what appeared to be an ankle injury.

The Vikings carted Cassel to the locker room for X-rays on what they called a toe injury. Rookie Teddy Bridgewater took his place under center.


No changes planned for Vikings at QB


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel struggled mightily in a 30-7 loss to the Patriots in Week 2, but head coach Mike Zimmer told the Pioneer Press Sunday he is not planning to make a change to rookie Teddy Bridgewater at this point.

"I'm going to hold the quarterback position just like every position here to the same standard, and I also said I wasn't going to have a quick hook," Zimmer said.

Cassel matched a career-high with four interceptions in Week 2, but does not seem to be at risk of losing his job heading into Week 3 against the Saints. And Cassel made no secret of his happiness with Zimmer's vote of confidence after the game.

"I do appreciate it,'' Cassel said. "There's no doubt about it.''


Patriots teach ex-quarterback Matt Cassel tough lesson


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel took on his former team, the Patriots, for the first time in his career. He got dominated. The Patriots picked off Cassel four times and sacked him six times as part of a 30-7 win. Cassel completed 19 of 36 passes for 202 yards with a touchdown to running back Matt Asiata on the first drive of the game. 

Cassel will try to redeem himself at New Orleans in Week 3. 


Matt Cassel tosses two touchdowns in blowout win vs. Rams


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel completed 17 of his 25 pass attempts for 170 yards and two touchdowns without throwing an interception in his team's 34-6 blowout win over the Rams Sunday.

Cassel leaned on the rushing attack early but started to pick up chunks of yardage in the second quarter, finishing with an eight-yard touchdown to Greg Jennings late in the first half to make it 13-0. His second touchdown later in the game went to tight end Greg Rudolph in the fourth quarter.

While some will have an eye on when first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater will take over under center, the blowout victory should loosen the leash on Cassel as the starter. He faces a tough stretch moving forward, starting with a Week 2 home matchup with the Patriots.


Matt Cassel to face big pressure in Week 1 vs. Rams


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel earned the starting job over rookie Teddy Bridgewater this, but many feel that the first-round pick will be under center before long despite head coach Mike Zimmer vowing not to have a quick hook. If that isn't enough pressure, the Vikings travel to St. Louis to face an imposing Rams pass rush in Week 1.

Cassel didn't light the field on fire in his first season in Minnesota, but he didn't struggle too badly either, considering the contstant merry-go-round carrying the teams' quarterbacks in and out of the lineup. He settled under center in December, completing 57.8 percent of his passes while averaging just under 240 yards per game and throwing seven touchdowns and six picks. Those numbers were even better when you consider he didn't face any creampuffs at the end of the season, with all five opponents finishing 7-9 or better.

Cassel figures to face a relentless pass rush Sunday, but he didn't perform all that poorly under pressure last year, tying for 12th in the league in accuracy percentage, per Pro Football Focus (minimum 25 percent of team's dropbacks). On his 67 pass attempts under pressure, the Vikings quarterback threw just one interception while scoring three touchdowns. That doesn't make him worth a look in Week 1 Fantasy lineups, but it certainly should make owners of other Vikings players a little more comfortable.


Vikings won't be quick to change quarterbacks


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday he doesn't intend to have a quick hook with starting quarterback Matt Cassel. The veteran beat out rookie Teddy Bridgewater for the starting quarterback job this summer.

"We've gone seven, almost eight weeks now where we feel this is the way we want to go," Zimmer said, per 1500ESPN.com. "If we throw an interception the first play of the game, I'm not going to yank [Cassel]. I have to go on the OTAs and everything we've seen from there.

"I know the fans are excited about Teddy. I'm excited about Teddy. But we have to do what's best for the football team at this point, and what's best for the future -- and as you know, coaches' futures aren't necessarily very long. I'm always trying to think between the now and the future, and what's best for this organization as we go down the road."


Matt Cassel named Week 1 starter


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Vikings players were informed Monday morning that Matt Cassel will start at quarterback in the season opener at St. Louis, reports Fox Sports. Cassel put together a solid preseason to hold off rookie Teddy Bridgewater.

Mike Zimmer not ready to name Matt Cassel his starter


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was asked following Saturday night's game in Kansas City if he was ready to name a starting quarterback, and Zimmer said, "No." But Zimmer praised Matt Cassel, who hit 9 of 17 throws for 152 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Minnesota is fully expected to name Cassel the starter over rookie Teddy Bridgewater. Cassel played into the third quarter Saturday.


Matt Cassel throws 53-yard TD in third preseason game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel appeared to be in control of the offense early on during Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs.

Cassel got the party started with a 53-yard touchdown strike to Cordarrelle Patterson in the opening quarter. However, he took a step back in the second quarter and was intercepted by Ron Parker. He compiled 152 yards through the air while completing 9 of 17 passes. He added a touchdown, an interception and was sacked three times.

Matt Cassel to start again Saturday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel will make his third straight preseason start Saturday at Kansas City, coach Mike Zimmer told reporters. The paper said it would be "extremely surprising" if Cassel doesn't start the regular-season opener Sept. 7 at St. Louis.

Cassel, who's competing with rookie Teddy Bridgewater, hit 12 of 16 throws for 153 yards and a touchdown and added 30 rushing yards in last Saturday's win over Arizona.


Matt Cassel hooks up on long TD pass vs. Cardinals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel went 12 of 16 for 153 passing yards and one touchdown while also adding 30 rushing yards on three carries in his team's 30-28 preseason win over the Cardinals Saturday.

Cassel foreshadowed the touchdown on the first offensive play, connecting with tight end Kyle Rudolph on a 17-yard pass. Two drives later, he hit Rudolph down the deep let side for a 51-yard touchdown. Cassel put his team in field-goal position in three of his other four drives, with the kicker nailing two of his chances. Cassel seems like a good bet to open the season as the starter, despite rookie Teddy Bridgewater's late-game heroics in Saturday's win.


Teddy Bridgewater: 'I have been overthinking'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Vikings rookie Teddy Bridgewater, who seems to be losing ground in the quarterback battle with Matt Cassel, believes he needs to lessen the mental load on the field as he tries to learn the nuances of his offense and opposing defenses.

"Basically, I have to stop overthinking," Bridgewater told NFL.com. "I haven't been pressing, but I have been overthinking."

Mike Zimmer, who has named Cassel the starter for the second preseason game Saturday night against Arizona, concurs.

"He's got so much going on in his mind right now that I just want him to play," Zimmer told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "That's what I told him ... and that's what I'm going to tell him before the ballgame. Just go play. You've been doing this since you were 5 years old. Go play and have some fun."


Matt Cassel extending lead in Vikings QB competition?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Thursday there is a chance quarterback Matt Cassel will play the entire first half during Saturday's preseason game against the Cardinals. Cassel is battling with rookie Teddy Bridgewater for the starting quarterback job.

Matt Cassel limited to one series in preseason opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel got the start and enjoyed and was limited to one series of work with the first-team offense Friday against the Raiders.

Cassel led his team to a 10-play, 70-yard drive, which was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run from Matt Asiata. He completed 5 of 6 passes for 62 yards before being replaced by Teddy Bridgewater with 6:22 left in the first quarter.

Teddy Bridgewater to get reps with starters in preseason opener


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Although Matt Cassel will start Friday's preseason opener for the Vikings, rookie Teddy Bridgewater will get snaps with the starters against the Raiders, coach Mike Zimmer told 1500ESPN.com.

"When the lights come on, it's a different deal," Zimmer said. "It will be good for [Bridgewater] and how he reacts to seeing defenses that he hasn't seen very much of. How he has to readjust the blitz, how he has to get the ball out and make the right calls; how he plays under pressure. I anticipate he's going to play very well."


Matt Cassel ahead of Teddy Bridgewater on QB depth chart


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) The Vikings released their first unofficial depth chart Tuesday and Matt Cassel was listed as the No. 1 quarterback. Rookie Teddy Bridgewater was listed second on the quarterback depth chart, per ESPN.

Vikings' QB race taking shape


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Vikings quarterbacks Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater are likely to get the bulk of the snaps moving forward, reports ESPN.com. That means Christian Ponder will get fewer reps.

"You can't work three [quarterbacks] for a long time, so the reps will get divided up differently," Turner said.

Turner added preseason games will factor "heavily" into the team's decision on a starter.


Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater splitting first-team reps


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Veteran quarterback Matt Cassel and rookie Teddy Bridgewater are "pretty much splitting reps" in Vikings' training camp, reports Fox Sports' Jay Glazer. Bridgewater might not start Week 1, "but he's definitely been more impressive than they expected," Glazer added.

Matt Cassel opens camp as No. 1 quarterback


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said veteran Matt Cassel is the No. 1 quarterback entering training camp, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Rookie Teddy Bridgewater has drawn lots of praise from coaches and will push Cassel for the job.

Norv Turner: Teddy Bridgewater should have gone Top 10


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner sounded impressed with rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater after Monday's workout, saying Bridgewater "should have gone in the first 10 picks." Minnesota selected Bridgewater with the 32nd and final pick of the first round.

He'll try to beat out Matt Cassel for the starting job.


Jaws: Matt Cassel is NFL's worst starting quarterback


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski, a former quarterback, ranked the Vikings' Matt Cassel the league's worst starting quarterback. Jaworski said Cassel is a poor fit for Norv Turner's scheme because he's not very good at executing play-action passes.

"Turner's offense starts with the run game. With Adrian Peterson in the backfield, Cassel's 66 quarterback rating last year on play-action passes just wasn't good enough," Jaworski said.

Cassel will try to hold off rookie Teddy Bridgewater during training camp.


Vikes won't name starting QB until well into training camp


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) While most expect Matt Cassel to open the season as the Vikings' quarterback, coach Mike Zimmer told USA Today he won't name a starter until well into training camp.

"I want to give everybody an opportunity and make sure that it's a legitimate opportunity for all of them," Zimmer said after the team opened its mandatory minicamp Tuesday. "Then we'll start narrowing down the reps as we get going. But it won't be for a while."

Cassel will have to fend off rookie Teddy Bridgewater and former first-rounder Christian Ponder.


Zimmer declares Vikings starting QB job open


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/17/2014) Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he plans on giving all of his quarterbacks an opportunity to compete for the starting job in camp, suggesting that rookie Teddy Bridgewater could overtake veteran Matt Cassel for the gig. 

"Everybody wants to rush into things," Zimmer said according to ESPN. "I want to give everybody an opportunity and make sure it's a legitimate opportunity for all of them. And we'll start narrowing down the reps as we get going."

Cassel had taken the majority of snaps through the early OTAs with Bridgewater behind him and Christian Ponder running third string. It was previously believed that Cassel would begin the year as the starter and eventually give way for Bridgewater. 

Zimmer said he wouldn't name a starter "for a while."