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QB Matt Cassel - Minnesota Vikings

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

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Summary

With a new coaching staff and a rookie QB, you have to expect that Matt Cassel isn't going to be Minnesota's first option when the season starts. The job is basically going to be Bridgewater's to lose. Even if he struggles, Cassel wasn't exactly setting the world on fire last season, and you can bet that at some point, Bridgewater will be inserted no matter what. (May 29)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 36, 22, 30, 33, 33, 34, 34, 35, 35, 35, 35
QB Dynasty - 42, 38, 42, 42, 43, 49

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2011 KC 9 160 269 1713 10 9 25 99 0
2012 KC 9 161 277 1796 6 12 27 145 1
2013 MIN 9 153 254 1807 11 9 18 57 1 1
2014 PROJ-Dodds 10 80 135 * * * 19 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 5 73 125 * * * 6 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 5 100 155 * * * 10 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 4 76 126 * * * 11 * * *

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Latest News

Vikings | QBs splitting reps (Mon Jul 28, 01:12 PM) - Minnesota Vikings QBs Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Ponder have been evenly splitting reps during the early part of training camp, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Turner will split the reps two ways after the team's upcoming off day.

Our View: Ponder is obviously the QB who will drop out of this race soon. Bridgewater is a star student and hard-working, so he might push Cassel more than observers expect him to. The Vikings should have a truly open competition and not give Cassel any "veteran" advantage because he has been so mediocre in the past. The Seahawks weren't afraid to crown a rookie in an open camp QB competition, and it has worked out for them.
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Vikings | Christian Ponder has done well (Wed Jul 23, 11:17 PM) - Minnesota Vikings QBs Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Cassel saw a majority of the snaps during spring workouts, but QB Christian Ponder has a chance to start, and head coach Mike Zimmer claims it will be a fair competition. 'Actually, I think Christian has done a very good job in the time that we've had him and how much he has improved in that amount of time,' Zimmer said. 'We're going to give everyone a fair shot, and preseason games will help determine it. We want someone who is going to take care of the football, lead the team in the right direction and when called upon be able to win football games.'

Our View: We'll see if Ponder and Cassel can hold off rookie first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater to be the team's starter in 2014. Ponder is in a make-or-break season with the Vikings. If he doesn't get it done this year, the team will move on with Bridgewater as their quarterback of the future. Ponder has shown the ability to be a decent spot starter, but he's mostly a backup-caliber quarterback.
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2014 Schedule

1@ St. Louis Rams
2vs New England Patriots
3@ New Orleans Saints
4vs Atlanta Falcons
5@ Green Bay Packers
6vs Detroit Lions
7@ Buffalo Bills
8@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9vs Washington Redskins
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Chicago Bears
12vs Green Bay Packers
13vs Carolina Panthers
14vs New York Jets
15@ Detroit Lions
16@ Miami Dolphins
17vs Chicago Bears