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QB Matt Cassel - Buffalo Bills

6-5, 230Born: 5-17-1982College: USCDrafted: Round 7

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Summary

New head coach Rex Ryan knew he had a massive issue at quarterback and traded for Matt Cassel to try and paper over it. Cassel was supposed to push third year quarterback EJ Manuel for the starting job but as it stands he might have pushed Manuel so hard he fell over. Right now the competition seems to be between Cassel and Tyrod Taylor, with Manuel a potential roster casualty. Cassel is no more than a game manager, but that was all Ryan ever really wanted in New York with the Jets - he just couldn't seem to really find one. If Cassel wins the job - and that is no sure thing right now - with Sammy Watkins, Percy Harvin and Robert Woods to throw to, that's not just whistling Dixie. However, his own limitations only really leave him as no more than a backup in mist leagues if he wins the job, someone to grab late in a fantasy draft for a cheap bye week filler. (August 18)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 35, 28, 30, 30, 31, 32, 32, 33, 33, 34, 34, 34, 34, 35
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Stats and Projections

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2012 KC 9 161 277 1796 6 12 27 145 1
2013 MIN 9 153 254 1807 11 9 18 57 1 1
2014 MIN 3 41 71 425 3 4 7 19 0
2015 PROJ-Dodds 6 124 208 * * * 20 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 3 19 30 * * * 3 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 8 120 190 * * * 13 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 4 63 104 * * * 7 * * *

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Latest News

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.

Our 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.

Our 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.

Our 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.

Our 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.

Our 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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