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QB Matt Cassel - Buffalo Bills

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

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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 is supposed to push third year quarterback EJ Manuel for the starting job but the situation is untenable enough to make it entirely possible he will win it, and handily. 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. Cassel has a shot to be the starter in Buffalo, and 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. (May 16)

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Latest News

Bills | Buffalo QBs receiving equal reps at OTAs (Wed May 27, 02:37 PM) - Buffalo Bills QBs EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor and Jeff Tuel were given equal repetitions during organized team activities Tuesday, May 26. Manuel and Cassel worked with the starters while Taylor and Tuel worked with the backups. Head coach Rex Ryan said he wants to give everyone a fair chance.

Our View: Cassel has the most experience, but he's not an exciting option as a starter. Manuel is big, somewhat athletic and has a strong arm but his decision making needs a lot of work. Taylor could be a sleeper here. He's ultra athletic and has a rocket arm. He needs to show better accuracy as a passer if he wants to win the starting job in Buffalo.
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Bills | EJ Manuel part of open competition (Sat May 23, 11:44 PM) - Buffalo Bills QBs EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor and Jeff Tuel will all have a chance to win the starting job, according to general manager Doug Whaley.

Our View: Let's go ahead and leave Tuel out of this conversation. Manuel is big, athletic and has a strong arm but he failed to make quick decisions as a passer. Cassel has the most experience, but he's not an exciting option as a starter--even for a team that is going to be run-heavy on offense. Taylor is supremely gifted athletically and he has a rocket arm, but he's unproven and needs to be more accurate as a passer. The Bills are going to run the ball as much as possible, and any starting quarterback for them isn't going to be much of a fantasy factor.
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Bills | Matt Cassel to be backup? (Fri May 15, 07:32 PM) - Buffalo Bills QB Matt Cassel is likely to enter Week 1 of the season as the team's backup quarterback, in the opinion of The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci. He also thinks head coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Greg Roman are open-minded about QB EJ Manuel and will give him a fair shot to compete for a starting job this summer. If Cassel or QB Tyrod Taylor win the starting job, the Bills would be expected to trade Manuel before outright cutting him.

Our View: Manuel certainly has more upside than Cassel, even though he also has a much lower floor. The Bills know what Cassel is, but Manuel could be better if Roman can leverage his running ability and put him in a position to succeed as he did with Colin Kaepernick earlier in his career. Taylor is also a running QB and shouldn't be dismissed if this truly is an open competition, only because of the quality of his competition.
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