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  Lions | Jake Rudock's spot in jeopardy?    Fri Jul 20, 11:27 PM

Detroit Lions QB Jake Rudock is unlikely to beat out QB Matt Cassel for the backup quarterback job, according to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com, and Meinke doesn't expect the Lions to keep three quarterbacks on the roster.

Footballguys view: A sixth-round pick out of Michigan back in 2016, Rudock has been developing for the last two seasons behind Matthew Stafford. He doesn't have a rocket arm but Rudock is tough and can make accurate short-to-intermediate throws. We'll see if he can hold off Cassel for the backup job to Stafford in 2018.

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  Lions | Lions hosting backup QB competition    Wed Jun 6, 06:29 PM

Detroit Lions QB Jake Rudock received most of the second-team reps Wednesday, June 6, after QB Matt Cassel took most of them on Tuesday, June 5. The club appears to be giving both signal-callers an equal opportunity to win the backup job behind QB Matthew Stafford.

Footballguys view: Neither one is interesting as dynasty prospects. Cassel is well known by the NFL community from his days as a starter. Rudock is much more unknown, but from his college days at Michigan he's a player with a ton of moxie and toughness in the pocket. We're not expecting much from him if he ever gets the chance to start.

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  Lions | Detroit signing Matt Cassel    Wed Apr 4, 04:20 PM

Free-agent QB Matt Cassel (Titans) is signing an undisclosed deal with the Detroit Lions Wednesday, April 4, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Cassel will compete with 2016 sixth-round pick Jake Rudock to back up Matthew Stafford.

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  Titans | Tennessee cuts Matt Cassel, Eric Weems    Fri Mar 9, 01:05 PM

Tennessee Titans QB Matt Cassel and WR Eric Weems were released Friday, March 9.

Footballguys view: Weems plays mostly on special teams and should be able to find a landing spot. Cassel is not a great backup option, but the veteran brings a lot of experience to the table that some team may be interested in.

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  Titans | Matt Cassel expected to face Miami    Sun Oct 8, 08:47 AM

Tennessee Titans QB Matt Cassel is expected to start Week 5's game against the Miami Dolphins, with QB Brandon Weeden likely to serve as the backup.

Footballguys view: The Titans offensive outlook is dim with Cassel at quarterback and Ndamukong Suh gumming up the works for the run game.

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  Titans | Matt Cassel ineffective in relief    Sun Oct 1, 05:13 PM

Tennessee Titans QB Matt Cassel was 4-for-10 for 21 yards and two interceptions in hia team's 57-14 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday, Oct. 1. Cassel was in the game in relief of QB Marcus Mariota (hamstring).

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  Titans | Alex Tanney could win backup job    Sun Jul 9, 09:43 PM

Tennessee Titans QB Alex Tanney will have a chance to compete with QB Matt Cassel for the backup quarterback job during training camp, according to Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com, and while Wyatt believes Cassel's experience gives him an edge, he said it is possible Tennessee decides to keep three quarterbacks.

Footballguys view: A lot of teams are keeping three quarterbacks now for developmental purposes. If the Titans see any potential in Tanney, they will find a spot for him even if he can't beat out Cassel to back up Marcus Mariota.

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  Titans | Alex Tanney delivering in OTAs    Sun Jun 4, 09:19 PM

Tennessee Titans QB Alex Tanney has looked good during OTAs, according to Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com, and Wyatt believes Tanney will benefit from the extra reps created by the injury to QB Matt Cassel (thumb).

Footballguys view: Hit up YouTube and check out Alex Tanney as a trick-shot quarterback. He's amazing when it comes to throwing a football into a trash can from the fourth floor, but playing NFL quarterback is a much different skill set. Undrafted out of Monmouth in 2012, Tanney has spent time with seven teams during his pro career. Once Cassel is healthy, Tanney will go back to being third on the depth chart and is no lock for the 53-man roster.

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  Titans | Matt Cassel out six weeks    Wed May 31, 02:38 PM

Updating a previous report, Tennessee Titans QB Matt Cassel (thumb) will be sidelined for around six weeks because he needs to have a pin inserted into his injured thumb, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.

Footballguys view: At this time, reports indicate the Titans are not going to make a move to add a camp arm.

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  Titans | Matt Cassel to miss sidelined until camp    Wed May 31, 02:04 PM

Tennessee Titans QB Matt Cassel (thumb) will miss the rest of offseason workouts because of an injured thumb but should be ready for training camp.

Footballguys view: The trick-shot quarterback Alex Tanney will now serve as the backup to Marcus Mariota in OTAs and minicamp. Tyler Ferguson is also in Titans camp right now.

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  Titans | Matt Cassel contract update    Fri Mar 3, 04:14 PM

Updating a previous report, Tennessee Titans QB Matt Cassel signed a new two-year contract worth $5.25 million, according to a source.

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  Titans | Matt Cassel re-ups with Titans    Thu Mar 2, 10:06 AM

Tennessee Titans impending free-agent QB Matt Cassel agreed to terms with the Titans Thursday, March 2. Terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: An insurance policy for a still-healing Marcus Mariota and no more. In fact, more than anything, Cassel's name might come up as a cautionary tale for those interested in Jimmy Garoppolo.

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  Titans | Matt Cassel officially named starter    Mon Dec 26, 04:54 PM

Tennessee Titans QB Matt Cassel was name the starter for Week 17 by head coach Mike Mularkey. Mularkey was noncommittal on QB Alex Tanney possibly playing.

Footballguys view: Tanney is the best trick-shot QB in the league...seriously, look him up on YouTube. However, he doesn't have the experience that Cassel does. Cassel should be able to make the Texans defense a strong fantasy or DFS play in Week 17, but we seriously doubt his ability to move the offense with consistency or potency.

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  Titans | Matt Cassel finishes up    Sat Dec 24, 05:39 PM

Tennessee Titans QB Matt Cassel completed 13 of his 24 pass attempts for 124 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Week 16 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, taking over for the injured QB Marcus Mariota (fibula).

Footballguys view: Cassel bumbled the snap on his first play and generally looked....well....like Matt Cassel.

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  Titans | Marcus Mariota mostly sharp against Carolina    Sat Aug 20, 06:11 PM

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota went 9-for-10 for 104 yards with a touchdown and an interception against the Carolina Panthers on Saturday, Aug. 20. He added 13 yards on the ground before giving way to QB Matt Cassel early in the second quarter.

Footballguys view: Mariota has been highly efficient this summer, but it doesn't appear that he'll be piloting a high volume pass offense or get a lot of opportunities as a runner by design. He's a QBBC/streamer option because of the nature of his offense.

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  Titans | Tennessee signs Matt Cassel    Wed Mar 9, 05:23 PM

Free-agent QB Matt Cassel (Cowboys) agreed to a one-year deal with the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday, March 9, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Cassel gives the Titans veteran depth behind Marcus Mariota. He'll compete with Zach Mettenberger to be the primary backup.

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  Cowboys | Kellen Moore not named starter yet    Sun Dec 20, 01:44 PM

Dallas Cowboys QB Kellen Moore replaced QB Matt Cassel during the team's Week 15 game, but head coach Jason Garrett is not ready to name Moore the starting quarterback for the final two games of the season. Moore went 15-for-25 for 158 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions during the game.

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  Cowboys | Matt Cassel benched     Sat Dec 19, 09:27 PM

Dallas Cowboys QB Matt Cassel was benched against the New York Jets in Week 15 and replaced by QB Kellen Moore. Cassel completed four of his nine pass attempts for 36 yards and an interception before being replaced.

Footballguys view: Cassel hasn't gotten much help from his supporting cast, but he was clearly part of the problem, not part of the solution. Moore should get another shot to show his stuff against the Bills next week.

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  Cowboys | Matt Cassel on short leash    Sat Dec 19, 06:55 PM

Dallas Cowboys QB Matt Cassel will start Saturday, Dec. 19, but he's on a short leash, according to sources. QB Kellen Moore saw first-team snaps this week and will be the backup.

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  Cowboys | Matt Cassel will start    Mon Dec 14, 04:35 PM

Dallas Cowboys QB Matt Cassel will start in Week 15, according to head coach Jason Garrett.

Footballguys view: This is the choice you make when Brandon Weeden is your only viable option. Expect the passing-game struggles of the Cowboys to continue.

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  Cowboys | Matt Cassel does very little    Tue Dec 8, 01:44 AM

Dallas Cowboys QB Matt Cassel completed 16 of his 29 pass attempts for 222 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 13 game against the Washington Redskins Monday, Dec. 7.

Footballguys view: This shouldn't be a headline....it's a mere statement of reality in what Cassel does every single week.

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  Cowboys | Matt Cassel the starter once again    Fri Nov 27, 05:35 PM

Dallas Cowboys QB Matt Cassel is the starting quarterback again with QB Tony Romo (clavicle) out for the rest of the year. The Cowboys expect Romo to be 100% for the offseason program in March. QB Kellen Moore will likely be added off the practice squad to back up Cassel.

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  Cowboys | Matt Cassel practices in full Friday    Fri Nov 13, 04:35 PM

Dallas Cowboys QB Matt Cassel (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 13, and he is listed as probable for the Week 10 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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  Cowboys | Matt Cassel fully practices    Thu Nov 12, 08:02 PM

Dallas Cowboys QB Matt Cassel (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 12.

Footballguys view: Cassel isn't great but he's not bad--and is a nice QB2 start this week against an improving Tampa Bay defense.

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  Cowboys | Matt Cassel fully practices    Wed Nov 11, 04:44 PM

Dallas Cowboys QB Matt Cassel (knee) participated fully in practice Wednesday, Nov. 10.

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  Cowboys | Matt Cassel tosses three TDs    Mon Nov 9, 01:15 AM

Dallas Cowboys QB Matt Cassel completed 25 of his 38 pass attempts for 299 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the Week 9 game against the Philadelphia Eagles while also running twice for 17 yards.

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  Cowboys | Matt Cassel active for SNF    Sun Nov 8, 07:26 PM

Dallas Cowboys QB Matt Cassel (knee) is active and starting in Week 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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  Cowboys | Dez Bryant, Matt Cassel probable    Fri Nov 6, 05:05 PM

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) and QB Matt Cassel (knee) are both listed as probable for Week 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Bryant was limited in practice Friday, Nov. 6, while Cassel was a full participant.

Footballguys view: Bryant is a WR2...even with Cassel floating him the rock.

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  Cowboys | Matt Cassel has full practice    Thu Nov 5, 07:05 PM

Dallas Cowboys QB Matt Cassel (knee) participated fully in practice Thursday, Nov. 5.

Footballguys view: Romo isn't back yet? Well, then there shouldn't be a Cowboy at quarterback for you. Cassel is a QB3--and a mediocre one--against Philadelphia this weekend.

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  Cowboys | Matt Cassel a full participant    Wed Nov 4, 07:38 PM

Dallas Cowboys QB Matt Cassel (knee) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Footballguys view: Cassel will get a mostly healthy Dez Bryant as well as Jason Witten, Darren McFadden and Terrance Williams to help him out and yet we still don't view him as more than a QB3.

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  Cowboys | Ugly performance for Matt Cassel    Sun Nov 1, 10:48 PM

Dallas Cowboys QB Matt Cassel completed 13 of 25 passes for 97 yards and ran four times for 43 yards in a 13-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 8.

Footballguys view: The Cowboys pass offense didn't try anything too risky with Richard Sherman locking down a still rusty Dez Bryant and still almost won this one. Next week against Philadelphia probably won't be much more daring for Cassel as the team bides their time waiting for Tony Romo in Week 11.

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  Cowboys | Matt Cassel will start in Week 7    Wed Oct 14, 12:19 PM

Dallas Cowboys QB Matt Cassel is expected to start in Week 7 against the New York Giants when they return from their bye week, according to a league source. QB Brandon Weeden was informed by the coaching staff that Cassel will start against the Giants.

Footballguys view: Cassel recently said he is now comfortable with the play book and can execute the offense. Weeden went just 5-for-15 on passes thrown more than five yards down the field in a loss in Week 5.

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  Cowboys | Matt Cassel could start Week 7    Tue Oct 13, 12:21 PM

Dallas Cowboys QB Matt Cassel could start over QB Brandon Weeden in Week 7 against the New York Giants, according to executive vice president Stephen Jones.

Footballguys view: That seems to be the buzz building around the Cowboys right now. We'll know more about their intent next week when they're back at practice.

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  Cowboys | Matt Cassel to start Week 7?    Mon Oct 12, 01:54 AM

Dallas Cowboys QB Matt Cassel could get a chance in Week 7 after the team's bye, as head coach Jason Garrett said Sunday, Oct. 11, he will evaluate a quarterback change during the team's bye week.

Footballguys view: That's pretty much a lateral move from Brandon Weeden, but the Cowboys need to do something as Weeden continues to struggle. We'll know more about this next week, but don't be surprised to see a change.

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  Cowboys | Dallas inactives for Week 4    Sun Oct 4, 07:13 PM

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot), QB Matt Cassel, OT La'El Collins, DE Randy Gregory (ankle), DE Ryan Russell, TE Geoff Swaim and WR Lucky Whitehead are inactive for the Week 4 game against the New Orleans Saints.

Footballguys view: Christine Michael is active, and should see some work tonight.

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  Cowboys | Week 3 Inactives    Sun Sep 27, 11:55 AM

The Dallas Cowboys have declared RB Christine Michael, WR Dez Bryant, TE Geoff Swaim, DL Jeremy Mincey, QB Matt Cassel, DE Randy Gregory, OG Ronald Leary inactive for Week 3.

Footballguys view: Michael is still inactive and it might take an injury to get him in the lineup. He remains a stash in deep leagues, but in shallower bench league, he is droppable for a more compelling pickup until we hear about a change coming in Dallas.

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  Bills | Buffalo trades Matt Cassel    Tue Sep 22, 06:39 PM

Buffalo Bills QB Matt Cassel was traded to the Dallas Cowboys Tuesday, Sept. 22, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Cassel was not going to see the field for Buffalo so long as Tyrod Taylor keeps performing well. The team is likely to get some form of late-round pick for Cassel.

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  Cowboys | Dallas acquires Matt Cassel    Tue Sep 22, 06:33 PM

Buffalo Bills QB Matt Cassel was acquired by the Dallas Cowboys Tuesday, Sept. 22, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Cowboys need all the help they can get at the quarterback position, and that's why they make the move here. Cassel will provide the team with valuable veteran depth behind Brandon Weeden.

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  Bills | Matt Cassel re-ups with Buffalo    Tue Sep 8, 10:48 AM

Free-agent QB Matt Cassel re-signed with the Buffalo Bills Tuesday, Sept. 8, on a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum. TE Nick O'Leary was waived to make room for him.

Footballguys view: That was whiplash-inducing, but speaks volumes about how bad EJ Manuel is doing or at least how little he has impressed the new regime. Stay away from all three quarterbacks here.

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  Texans | Matt Cassel not an option    Sun Sep 6, 11:34 AM

Free-agent QB Matt Cassel (Bills) is not a player the Houston Texans are interested in signing.

Footballguys view: Cassel has a connection to the same Patriots organization that Texans head coach Bill O'Brien came from, but if Cassel can't win a spot on the Bills roster, it's doubtful that he'll help another team.

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  Bills | Matt Cassel released    Sat Sep 5, 02:46 PM

Buffalo Bills QB Matt Cassel was released Saturday, Sept. 5.

Footballguys view: It's pretty bad when E.J. Manuel beats you out for a backup spot on the roster. Manuel will be the primary backup behind Tyrod Taylor this year. Cassel could draw some interest from any team looking for veteran depth.

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  Bills | Buffalo could keep three QBs    Fri Sep 4, 07:43 PM

Buffalo Bills QB Matt Cassel said the team has indicated that they will hold three quarterbacks on the roster heading into the regular season. Head coach Rex Ryan was vague on whether he will keep three quarterbacks. Cassel played in only four series in the preseason.

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  Bills | Matt Simms might still make roster    Wed Sep 2, 10:35 PM

Buffalo Bills QB Matt Simms is not believed to be in line to make the 53-man roster, and 'the odds are stacked against' him according to head coach Rex Ryan. However, if the team elects to cut QBs Matt Cassel or EJ Manuel, that could change things dramatically.

Footballguys view: We can't imagine Simms making the final roster, but a spot on the practice squad might be available for him.

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  Bills | EJ Manuel expected to be No. 2    Wed Sep 2, 11:32 AM

Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel is expected to remain on the team as the backup quarterback. There is growing expectations that QB Matt Cassel will be cut.

Footballguys view: Manuel did enough this preseason to earn his backup job behind Tyrod Taylor. Plus, with Manuel in at quarterback the offense wouldn't drastically change. Manuel is athletic enough to move around and keep plays alive with his feet like Taylor (although not quite as quick/fast). Cassel is your traditional pocket passer and the offense would look a lot different with him under center.

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  Bills | Matt Cassel could be cut    Wed Sep 2, 09:21 AM

Buffalo Bills QB Matt Cassel could be cut by the team, as they are internally discussing the option.

Footballguys view: Should this come as a surprise to anyone? Yes, Cassel has more experience starting than E.J. Manuel or (newly named starter) Tyrod Taylor. However, he is a below average starter at best who doesn't provide the athleticism the other two have. If cut, there would be some team interested in him as a reserve quarterback.

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  Bills | Tyrod Taylor named starter in Buffalo    Mon Aug 31, 11:27 AM

Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was named the starting quarterback Monday, Aug. 31, over QB Matt Cassel an QB EJ Manuel.

Footballguys view: We shouldn't be surprised by this....and fantasy owners should be somewhat excited about the prospects. Taylor is super athletic, and that could help open things up for LeSean McCoy if this team starts doing some option plays to keep defenses honest. He's got a rocket arm, but Taylor needs to improve his accuracy as a passer. Cassel and Manuel were not exciting options, but Taylor will be quite interesting to see develop.

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  Bills | Buffalo QBs should play equally    Sat Aug 29, 03:07 PM

Buffalo Bills QBs EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor are expected to play a series or two each Saturday, Aug. 29, versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. Manuel will start.

Footballguys view: It's still baffling why Manuel would start, but whatever--we're not expecting him to win the starting job for the regular season. Cassel has more experience, but Taylor might be the best starter of the bunch.

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  Bills | Buffalo to use rotation at QB?    Tue Aug 25, 02:31 PM

Buffalo Bills QBs Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel may each be rotated in with the starting unit Saturday, Aug. 29, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to Joe Buscaglia of WGR Sports Radio 550. All three quarterbacks have received first-team repetitions the last two practices.

Footballguys view: The Texans have already made their decision about a starting quarterback, and now it's Buffalo's turn to figure out who is the top guy. Cassel has the experience advantage, but we like Taylor out of this poor group. Taylor has incredible athleticism and a rocket arm. He needs to improve his accuracy and decision making as a passer if he wants to play up to his potential.

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  Bills | Matt Cassel back in mix    Sat Aug 22, 06:02 PM

Buffalo Bills QB Matt Cassel was working with the first-team offense Saturday, Aug. 22.

Footballguys view: Rex Ryan is doing Rex Ryan things, which means you will get no clarity on this until Week 1 in all likelihood. As we have said many times, we would avoid all three of the quarterbacks vying for the job, with the winner as no more than a QB3, and a shaky one at that. Save the headaches (and the Tylenol) and avoid this.

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  Bills | Buffalo could keep three QBs    Sat Aug 22, 01:38 PM

Buffalo Bills QBs Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel could all be on the Bills' final roster, according to head coach Rex Ryan. Ryan said there is a high possibility that the Bills could keep all three quarterbacks, adding that Cassel, Taylor and Manuel would all receive playing time in their next preseason game.

Footballguys view: Unless Ryan is trolling us and he's looking to keep Matt Simms, it appears the Bills aren't totally giving up on EJ Manuel. That's not to say he'll be starting anytime soon though. And really, we'd still avoid this mess. Taylor is at least intriguing but too unproven to rely on for fantasy purposes. Matt Cassel is aggressively mediocre. And the offensive line is shaky. Despite some good weapons in the passing game, we day pass on them.

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