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1 week ago

A group of 35 NFL coaches and executives didn't have anything good to say about Bills QBs Matt Cassel and E.J. Manuel.  Cassel "is not accurate, has a long motion, a big over-stride, a flat ball and he just looked like he has regressed," an offensive coach said.  Most of the group couldn't believe Buffalo signed Cassel to be a potential starter this season.  The word on Manuel wasn't any better.  "Manuel has no instincts after the ball is snapped," a personnel director said. "He's a great kid, has some talent. But he could not decipher or make quick decisions in college, and I do not see him doing it now."  The underwhelming top of the depth chart is why QB Tyrod Taylor has a chance to start for the Bills.  But he completed just 52.7% of his college passes and has attempted just 35 throws as a pro.  Buffalo's giant question mark at QB is a major concern for the team's pass catchers -- especially WR Sammy Watkins.

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ESPN Bills writer Mike Rodak on Friday placed QB Matt Cassel in the group of "on the bubble" players to make Buffalo's regular-season roster. This follows word of QB Tyrod Taylor getting a serious shot at the starting role and reports that Cassel looked bad in OTAs. Any of the 3 Bills QB competitors still seem to have a chance at the gig, but it appears we shouldn't assume Cassel is the front-runner just because of his experience.

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1 month ago

"Only word can describe his performance to the only practice the media was able to see this week: Woof."  That's Bills insider Joe Buscaglia on QB Matt Cassel's performance at Wednesday's practice.  Cassel's touch, timing and accuracy were all off, according to Buscaglia.  It's only 1 practice in June, but it obviously doesn't inspire much confidence in the guy who's considered the favorite to start for Buffalo this season.  QB remains a major concern for the Bills and is 1 of the big reasons to expect a run-heavy attack in 2015.

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4 months ago

The Bills have acquired QB Matt Cassel from the Vikings.  Minnesota also ships its 2015 6th-round pick to Buffalo in exchange for a 2015 5th-rounder and 2016 7th.  With no 1st-round pick and a weak free-agent crop, this is as good as Buffalo could do for a QB upgrade.  Cassel had an impressive 2008 campaign in New England but has completed just 57.8% of his passes with 73 TDs and 57 INTs in the 6 years since.  He'll compete with E.J. Manuel for the starting job this offseason.  The winner will only be asked to manage an offense that will rely on its running game.

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10 months ago

The Vikings have placed QB Matt Cassel (foot) on IR, ending his 2014 season.  That locks in QB Teddy Bridgewater as the starter the rest of the way.  The rookie turned in a solid performance in New Orleans last weekend, completing 12 of 20 passes for 150 yards with 0 TDs and 0 INTs.  He added 27 more yards on 6 carries.  Minnesota figures to stick with a conservative game plan the rest of the way.  That, plus the loss of TE Kyle Rudolph for about 6 weeks, hurts Bridgewater's fantasy upside.  But this is an NFL-ready QB with some rushing upside.  He's on the QB2 radar.

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10 months ago

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer announced after Sunday's loss to the Saints that QB Matt Cassel fractured "several" bones in his foot.  That figures to know him out for a significant length of time and opens the door for QB Teddy Bridgewater.  The rookie completed 12 of 20 passes for 150 yards in his NFL debut, adding 27 more yards on 6 carries.  Bridgewater is worth grabbing in all 2-QB leagues and deeper 1-QB setups.  His next 3 games are against the Falcons, Packers and Lions.

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10 months ago

Vikings QB Matt Cassel suffered a left foot injury in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Saints.  He's currently being evaluated by trainers, while QB Teddy Bridgewater warms up.  We'll update Cassel's status when we learn more.

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HC Mike Zimmer didn't downplay the Week 2 struggles of Vikings QB Matt Cassel after the loss to the Patriots.  But he's also not replacing the starter yet.  “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, per the Pioneer Press. “Matt needs to play better. It’s pretty obvious he needs to play better. We all need to play better. I need to coach better.”  Cassel may be relatively safe for now, but similar struggles going forward will only make switching to the rookie an easier decision.  We expect Teddy Bridgewater to start games for the Vikings at some point this season.  We'll see how soon that comes.

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According to NFL insider Jay Glazer, Vikings QB Matt Cassel will start Week 1 at St. Louis. Teddy Bridgewater is the future in Minnesota, but Cassel was the favorite to start on opening day all along and didn’t do anything to lose the gig. Through 3 preseason games, the veteran has completed 26-of-39 attempts (66.7%) for 367 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT. While Cassel’s off-limits in fantasy drafts, he’ll be a viable streaming option in the right matchup. Bridgewater remains a strong candidate to start games in 2014.

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The Vikings don't need to make an official announcement.  It's pretty clear that QB Matt Cassel will open the season as the starter.  He played significantly more than Teddy Bridgewater in Saturday night's 3rd preseason game, attempting 17 throws to Bridgewater's 7.  Cassel completed 9 of those for 153 yards and a TD, a 53-yard connection with WR Cordarrelle Patterson.  We'd still bet on Minnesota switching to Bridgewater at some point this season for the sake of the team's future.  But Cassel could be a sneaky weekly option until that happens, given the talent around him on offense and OC Norv Turner's long history of offensive success in the NFL.

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Vikings QB Matt Cassel will start the team's 3rd preseason game.  That's the regular-season dress rehearsal, making Cassel a near lock to be under center for Week 1.  Rookie Teddy Bridgewater turned in a brilliant performance this past weekend, but Cassel has done nothing to lose the starting job.  He's completed 77% of his passes with 1 TD and 0 INTs.  We're not betting on Cassel hanging on to the starting job all year, but he could be a streaming option early in the season.  After a tough Week 1 matchup against the Rams, he'll play in 5 straight potential shootouts (vs. NE, at NO, vs. ATL, at GB, vs. DET).

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Vikings QB Matt Cassel played well Saturday night against the Cardinals, completing 12 of his 16 passes for 153 yards.  This comes after ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Cassel's leading the starter competition.  The veteran appears on track to take the job over Teddy Bridgewater at least to start the season.  That doesn't make Cassel too attractive an option in your fantasy football draft, but he's a viable QB-streaming candidate.  Cordarrelle Patterson, Greg Jennings, Kyle Rudolph and Adrian Peterson give Cassel plenty of talent to work with.

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ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that Vikings QB Matt Cassel is the front-runner in the starting competition, having outplayed rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater to this point.  Cassel had already been named as the starter for the 2nd exhibition, and it shouldn't shock anyone if he opens the year as the starter.  Cassel -- given his large experience edge -- would likely help the fantasy outlooks of Vikings WRs Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg Jennings.  He should be especially good for Jennings after the 2 developed a quick rapport on and off the field last season.

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