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Height/Weight: 6-4/228 | Birthdate: 5/17/1982 | Birthplace: Northridge, CA, USA | Team: Buffalo | College: USC | NFL Experience: 11 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 171.08
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Bills' Rex Ryan not ready to 'throw out' EJ Manuel


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) New Bills coach Rex Ryan brought in veteran quarterbacks Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor in the offseason, but that doesn't mean he's ready to give up on EJ Manuel

"And then EJ. Let's not just throw him out after two years. Aaron Rodgers never took a snap for three years. So let's see where Manuel's going to be," Ryan said, per the Buffalo News.

Ryan plans to have a quarterback competition during OTAs and training camp. 


Bills HC Rex Ryan says QB competition to be open


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Bills head coach Rex Ryan has options at the quarterback spot going into the 2015 season. There will be competition for the starting spot this offseason.

“It’s going to be open,” Ryan told WGR radio, via the team’s official website.  “It’s a competition and whoever earns the job will be the guy that’s out there.”

The Bills currently have four quarterbacks on their roster including Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel, Tyrod Taylor and Jeff Tuel. Ryan brokedown what each signal caller brings to the table.

“We have some talented guys and we’ll see what happens,” Ryan said.  “You bring in a veteran like Matt Cassel.  He’s done some pretty good things in this league.  He’s got that veteran presence about him.  With EJ back there just going into his third year I really believe EJ is going to improve with his fundamentals having [quarterbacks coach] David Lee here.  I love the fact that he’s a gym rat and he’s smart.  With our offense being multiple we’ll be able to get out of bad plays, so the mental part of it all of the quarterbacks we have should be able to handle that.

“With Taylor that’s going to be a young man, he’s probably the fastest quarterback in the league,” Ryan said.  “He’s explosive running the zone reads, and we’ll see where he’s at.  Then Tuel.  We’ve got guys there to work with.  That’ll be the important thing.  There will be competition, but a person has to earn the job.  It hasn’t been handed to somebody.”


Bills QB Tyrod Taylor in three-way battle to start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor turned down more money in free agency to join the Bills, where he'll have the opportunity to compete for a starting job, NFL.com reports.

"There is going to be a competition," Taylor said. "No one is really ahead of the other guy right now. They're looking forward to us coming in and pushing each other to make this team better."

The Bills view Taylor as a zone-read possibility similar to the role 2013 first-round pick EJ Manuel was supposed to fill. Head coach Rex Ryan actually indicated he tried to acquire Taylor during his previous job.

"I actually tried to trade for (Taylor) when I was with the Jets," Ryan told CJCL in Toronto. "If he's not the fastest quarterback in the league, he's certainly up there with them. He's got great run skills. I'm not gonna say he's Russell Wilson, but he's got a little of that in him, where he's able to run zone-reads and pull the ball down and be effective."

Taylor, Manuel and offseason acquisition Matt Cassel are set to compete for the team's starting quarterback job heading into the 2015 season.


QB Matt Cassel: 'The foot feels great right now'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/11/2015) New Bills quarterback Matt Cassel told the team's website he expects to participate fully when offseason practices begin. Playing for Minnesota last year, Cassel fractured bones in his foot Week 3, an injury that required surgery.

"The foot feels great right now,” Cassel said. “Everything has been going well with all my rehab up to this point and it was a severe foot injury at that point. I’m at about 22 weeks removed from the injury so I feel great. I’m doing exercises. I’ve been dropping back and throwing and everything else, and running so I feel good to go.”

Cassel will compete with EJ Manuel for the starting job.

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Bills, Vikings announce Matt Cassel deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) The Bills have acquired quarterback Matt Cassel and an undisclosed draft pick from the Vikings in exchange for undisclosed draft picks, the team announced Tuesday.

Cassel passed his physical Tuesday, making the trade official. He was limited to just three games in 2014 due to a foot injury that required season-ending surgery. He's made 71 starts during his 10-year career but played in just 12 games with the Vikings over the last two seasons.


Bills acquire QB Matt Cassel for draft picks


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/4/2015) The Bills announced they've acquired quarterback Matt Cassel from the Vikings. Buffalo also will receive one undisclosed draft pick while giving away two undisclosed draft picks.

Cassel, 32, won the starting job in Minnesota last year but suffered a season-ending foot injury Week 3 that required surgery.

Cassel is signed for this season at $4.15 million. He'll compete with EJ Manuel and possibly otheres for the starting job in Buffalo.

The trade won't be finalized until the new league year begins next Tuesday.

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Vikings unsure whether to bring Matt Cassel back another year


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Vikings general manager Rick Spielman told FOX Sports North last week at the combine that "nothing definitively has been decided" about bringing veteran Matt Cassel back to the team. 

"We went through our process, we evaluated all of our players," Spielman said. "We looked at everything from what they bring to our football team, in the locker room, off the field, what they bring to us on the field. But we also have to look at where they're at from a standpoint of their contract, where we're at from a cap standpoint…Matt has done a great job. Came in and has won some games when he had to play. He's a great locker-room guy. Matt has a lot of value to us."

Cassel opened as the starter last season before breaking several bones in his foot, which led the way to Teddy Bridgewater becoming the full-time starter. Cassel is signed for the 2015 season at a salary of $4.15 million. He will turn 33 before the start of the season.


Matt Cassel's season is over


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/24/2014) The Vikings put quarterback Matt Cassel on injured reserve, ending his season. Cassel broke several bones in his foot in Sunday's loss in New Orleans.

Rookie Teddy Bridgewater takes over as Minnesota's full-time starter. He hit 12 of 20 throws for 150 yards and ran six times for 27 yards against the Saints.

"Moving forward, I think I am definitely going to be ready," Bridgewater said. "I just need to get more practice reps throughout the week."


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 | Senior Analyst
(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 | Senior Analyst
(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 | Senior Analyst
(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 | Senior Analyst
(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."