Matt Cassel
Matt Cassel
37-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year, $1.11 million contract with the Lions in April of 2018.
Little action in 2018
QBDetroit Lions
December 30, 2018
Cassel completed seven of 17 passes for 59 yards and one interception across two game appearances in 2018.
Starting quarterback Matthew Stafford played through a list of injuries all season long, and Cassel consequently made just two appearances on the year, once when the Lions blew out the Jets in Week 1 and another in Week 15 on the opposite side of a blowout against the Vikings. The 36-year-old Cassel will now enter the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, though it's possible the Lions could bring back the USC product for another go-around in 2019.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Matt Cassel's measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* All metrics are from his Pro Day (not the combine).
6' 4"
225 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.88 sec
Shuttle Time
4.06 sec
Cone Drill
7.20 sec
Vertical Jump
34.0 in
Broad Jump
115 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Though 36 years old and well past his prime, Cassel signed with the Lions this offseason to compete for the primary backup gig behind starting quarterback Matthew Stafford. Both GM Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia are familiar with the signal-caller considering the three spent four seasons together in New England from 2005 to 2008, so the Lions presumably know what they're getting in the 14-year veteran. Cassel beat out his only competition (2016 sixth-rounder Jake Rudock) for the No. 2 job during the offseason program. However, Stafford hasn't missed a game in six seasons, making it seem unlikely that such a role would result in a significant snap count this year.
Cassel started the 2016 season finale with Marcus Mariota on the shelf due to a broken fibula, but he'll be back in a backup role with the Titans' starter expected to make a full recovery well before the season opener. While beating out Alex Tanney for the No. 2 spot shouldn't be too difficult for the 35-year-old veteran, Cassel lacks upside even if Mariota goes down again after failing to throw more than 11 touchdowns in a season since 2010.
Cassel was signed as a free agent this offseason to provide a veteran presence and give the Titans an experienced backup to 2015 No. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota, but he likely won't see the field unless the former Oregon star gets hurt. The 34-year-old threw for 1,276 yards with five touchdowns and seven interceptions in eight appearances for the Cowboys last season, and Tennessee doesn't have the offensive talent to expect a significant uptick from that production, even if a Mariota injury hands the backup the reins to the offense.
The Bills traded for Cassel this offseason as an insurance policy if EJ Manuel's development remained stagnant, with the idea of giving them a consistent veteran who can at least keep games close. Alas, Tyrod Taylor landed the team's starting job thanks to a solid preseason, with Cassel let go during the team's final cuts.
As far as failed starting quarterbacks go, Cassel might not be so bad. He threw more touchdowns (11) than interceptions (nine) in 2013 and managed to complete 60 percent of his passes. He'll start for Minnesota in Week 1 after signing a two-year, $10 million deal, but he'll be on a short leash and probably won't have much fantasy upside given his career YPA of 6.7. If Cassel does succeed in 2014, the arrival of offensive coordinator Norv Turner might have something to do with it. It's still hard to see Cassel holding off Teddy Bridgewater for long, though.
Cassel is expected to start the 2013 season as Ponder's backup.
With an average of just 6.4 yards per pass attempt in his three-year career with the Chiefs, Cassel has demonstrated that he’s no more than a game manager in the best-case scenario. The Chiefs, however, have done a good job of providing him with that scenario. Even as he returns from a Week 2 ACL tear, Jamaal Charles pairs with Peyton Hillis to give Kansas City what might be the best running back duo in the league, and the team heads into 2012 with one of its most talented offensive lines, too. With relatively little pressure on him, Cassel could do a decent re-enactment of his 2010, a season in which he threw 27 touchdowns compared to seven interceptions (though just 3,116 yards).
Cassel’s 2009 season in Kansas City was ugly, but he made a huge improvement in 2010, raising his quarterback rating from 69.9 to 93.0 and throwing 27 touchdowns to seven interceptions in the process. Last year seems like the best-case scenario with Cassel, however. His offense ran the ball more than any team in the league last year, and it’s concerning that he didn’t complete 60 percent of his passes or average seven yards per pass attempt. It also doesn’t help that he was a bit hit-or-miss last year – 17 of his touchdowns were thrown in just five games, and he failed to reach the 200-yard mark in nine games. The addition of first-round rookie Jonathan Baldwin should help as the team had very little wideout production beyond Dwayne Bowe last year.
This is a make-or-break year for Cassel. His skill talent in KC has taken a dramatic turn for the better relative to last summer. Dwayne Bowe had his moments with the new coach Todd Haley but has premium ability. Jamaal Charles is Chris Johnson Jr. at running back and especially catching passes out of the backfield. Chris Chambers doesn’t seem like a good fit in a Charlie Weis system, but the Chiefs were convinced enough to give him $15 million over three years. Cassel is a strong value play this year in the late middle rounds. Given the coaching and system and the fact that the Chiefs are likely to remain bad and thus will throw often, Cassel should post a winning yardage number and at least moderate TDs. The worry is the Chiefs' porous offensive line.
Although he did much better than expected, Cassel wasn't even half the player Tom Brady was in same Patriots offense in 2007. Now he gets to play in what we expect will be a pass-oriented offense, as head coach Todd Haley was brought in after helming the Cardinals offense in 2008. Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, who also was pass-happy last year near the end of Herm Edwards' Chiefs run, was retained in that role. But this will be Haley's offense. Cassel's big deficiency is the same one that plagues most inexperienced passers - downfield throwing. Our functional arm strength measures only throws 11-to-20 yards from the line of scrimmage. In 2008, Cassel had a 72 QB rating on these throws, completing less than 50 percent of his attempts (54-of-116). Clearly the Patriots believed in his ability to execute these throws, because they made up 22.5 percent of his attempts, about league average and a higher rate than Brady attempted in 2007. But Cassel, despite the appearances of a strong arm, simply did not execute. He looked much more at home when his tosses traveled within that five-to-10 yard area from scrimmage. The many easy attempts this distance elevated his overall completion rate to 63.4 percent and his YPA to 7.2, both of which are barely good enough for fantasy starter consideration. The loss of Tony Gonzalez is going to hurt the passing attack, but Dwayne Bowe is about as close as you're going to find to Haley's former WR (and sideline nemesis if you remember back to the playoffs), Anquan Boldin. But who plays opposite Bowe? Mark Bradley? He's never showed much consistency, and slot-man Bobby Engram is 36 years old and limited to the short passing game. And there's no one to threaten the seam-area of the field post-Gonzalez. This season shapes up as a long, transitional one for the Chiefs and especially for Cassel, who will miss the A-plus playing environment he had in New England.
As Tom Brady's backup, Cassel won't see any meaningful p[laying time, unless the unthinkable -- a Brady injury -- happens. With just 39 passing attempts over three seasons, the sample size with Cassel is small, but he has been in the Pat's system long enough that he at least should be comfortable enough with the team's offense, if pressed into duty.
Cassel, who has been working behind great QBs since his USC days, will continue to serve as the top backup to the Patriots' durable starting QB, Tom Brady. He has good size and arm strength, plus the smarts to run the New England offense. The only thing he lacks is experience, which is something the team hopes he'll get in the preseason, rather than as the result of the unthinkable; a Brady injury.
Though the Patriots could choose to bring in a veteran QB at some point, Cassel opened training camp as the top backup behind Tom Brady. Though he has limited game experience over the last few years, the team apparently believes that the USC product has the tools to be an effective NFL quarterback and his learning curve has even been compared to that of young Brady.
After backing up the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart and former USC Heisman winner and current Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, Cassel is somewhat of an unknown quantity since he has not seen much game action of late. Still, the Patriots hope that they have a diamond in the rough in Cassel, who could either push for the No. 3 QB job or land on the practice squad, where the team can develop him.
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Enters game in relief of Stafford
QBDetroit Lions
December 23, 2018
Cassel completed five of 11 passes for 45 yards during Sunday's 27-9 loss to Minnesota.
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Moves to No. 2 on depth chart
QBDetroit Lions
June 5, 2018
Cassel has surpassed Jake Rudock for the No. 2 spot on the Lions' quarterback depth chart, Kyle Meinke of reports.
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Slated to back up Stafford
QBDetroit Lions
April 4, 2018
The Lions are nearing agreement on a contract with Cassel, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
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Released by Titans
QBTennessee Titans
March 9, 2018
Cassel was released by the Titans on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Struggles as fill-in starter
QBTennessee Titans
October 8, 2017
Cassel completed 21 of 32 passes for 141 yards with a touchdown and a lost fumble in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Dolphins.
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