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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%: 6/2 | Average Draft Position: 183.04
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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."


Christian Ponder: Matt Cassel is the starter


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Quarterback Christian Ponder said the Vikings will start Matt Cassel while trying to get rookie Teddy Bridgewater ready to play, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Ponder isn't getting as many practice reps as the other two QBs.

"We'll see how it plays out once it goes to training camp, but obviously there's an agenda to try to get Teddy ready, and Cassel's the starter right now," Ponder told the paper.


Matt Cassel expected to open camp as starter


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Veteran Matt Cassel "figures" to open training camp as the Vikings' starting quarterback, ahead of rookie Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Ponder, reports ESPN.com. Cassel, 32, threw for 1,807 yards and 11 touchdowns with nine interceptions in nine games last season.

Fantasy owners might have to wait for Teddy Bridgewater


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) The Vikings have plans to not rush Teddy Bridgewater along in his progress and have no problems starting the season with Matt Cassel as their starting quarterback. 

"There is no pressure on this kid to come in and play," GM Rick Spielman said. "We're very comfortable with Matt Cassel right now. We're very comfortable with Christian Ponder. He'll come in and compete and then the coaches will determine if he's even ready to play this year."

With playing time not promised to Bridgewater and a good but not great receiving corps waiting for him even if he does play, Fantasy owners shouldn't get too excited about his prospects this season. That can change of course if he does do well in training camp and unseats Cassel. Until then, he's only worth drafting with a middle- to late-round pick in dynasty/keeper leagues and a pick between fifth and 15th overall in rookie-only drafts. 


Matt Cassel signs two-year deal with Vikings


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2014) Matt Cassel will be sticking around with the Vikings, according to the NFL Network. The 31-year-old signed a two-year deal with Minnesota on Friday, according to the report. No word on the details of his contract.

Cassel started in six games and appeared in nine for the Vikings last season, completing 153 of 254 passes for 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions over that span.


Texans have 'real' interest in Matt Cassel


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/6/2014) Quarterback Matt Cassel wouldn't have exercised an out in his contract with the Vikings if he didn't have a team to sign up with. That seems to be the case -- NFL Network is reporting there is "real" interest in Cassel reuniting with coach Bill O'Brien in Houston. O'Brien was an assistant with the Patriots while Cassel was there including the year he started 15 games for them. 


Houston seen as landing spot for Matt Cassel


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) If quarterback Matt Cassel does not return to the Vikings, "Houston is seen as a likely landing spot for him," reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

Cassel, whose agent met with the Vikings last week, is seeking more than the $3.7 million he was scheduled to earn before opting out of the final year of his deal. The Texans could be in the market for a veteran quarterback if they release Matt Schaub.


Vikings 'looking so hard' for a quarterback


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) Christian Ponder's presence on the roster does not figure into the Vikings' quarterback plans. "We have to have a quarterback, so we are going to have to find some, and that is why we are out here looking so hard and why we'll continue to look in free agency," new coach Mike Zimmer said, per NFL.com. "We'll find a guy."

Minnesota could select a quarterback with the No. 8 overall pick. The Vikes also have met with Matt Cassel in an effort to re-sign the free agent.


Vikings meeting with Matt Cassel's rep


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said he'll meet with Matt Cassel's agent Thursday and that the team wants to re-sign the quarterback, reports ESPN.com. Cassel opted out of his contract recently, becoming an unrestricted free agent.

He played in nine games last season, throwing for 1,807 yards and 11 touchdowns against nine interceptions.


Norv Turner: 'We need a good young quarterback'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2014) New Vikings offensive coordinator said team brass is in agreement that "we need a good, young quarterback," reports KARE-TV. Turner, however, left the door open for Matt Cassel's return after Cassel opted out of his contract this week and called the team's quarterback situation "a process."

Christian Ponder is the only quarterback on the roster. Turner said he's been impressed with Ponder's ability to throw from outside the pocket but added Ponder must limit negative plays.


Matt Cassel a possibility for Houston?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2014) With quarterback Matt Cassel opting out of his contract and becoming an unrestricted free agent, speculation is swirling over whether Cassel will return to the Vikings. ESPN.com suggests Houston as a possible landing spot for Cassel, noting he and new Texans coach Bill O'Brien worked together with the Patriots.

"O’Brien could be looking for a veteran to play ahead of a rookie if Houston takes a quarterback with the first pick in the draft," the report said.


Matt Cassel makes it official, opts out of contract


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2014) Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel opted out of his contract Wednesday, making him an unrestricted free agent, reports the Minneapolis StarTribune. Christian Ponder is the only quarterback on Minnesota's roster.