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Matt Cassel | QB | Minnesota Vikings
Posted: 7/31/2014 10:30am et
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater saw reps with the first-team offense in practice Wednesday, July 30. According to NFL Network's Albert Breer, QB Matt Cassel appears to lead the race for the starting quarterback job, but Bridgewater has closed the gap.
Huddle Up: Bridgewater continues to draw raves from OC Norv Turner, and he's being at least worked in with the first team in just about every opportunity. The Vikings may prefer to start the season with Cassel under center, but if Bridgewater continues to perform he may make that decision a whole lot more difficult.

Posted: 7/28/2014 1:47pm et
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.
Huddle Up: Cassel is believed to have the edge but Bridgewater is making a strong case to start. The battle will continue during the preseason but the rookie Bridgewater could be under center when the Vikings open the season in St. Louis if he performs well in August.

Posted: 5/26/2014 12:17am et
Minnesota Vikings QBs Teddy Bridgewater, Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder will all get an opportunity to work with the first-teamers this offseason, but the team would like to enter training camp with an established depth chart.
Huddle Up: Ponder would seem to be the odd-man out, and much will boil down to how fast Bridgewater picks up the team's offense. If the first-round pick proves to be a quick learner, the new coaching staff could very well be inclined to start off fresh at QB.

Posted: 5/6/2014 7:34pm et
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel is expected to start, with QB Christian Ponder serving as his backup.
Huddle Up: We'll see what the draft brings with the Vikings currently owning the 8th overall pick, but if it is Cassel, he figures to be no better than a low-end No. 2 QB after notching 1 300-yard game and 3 multiple-TD-pass contests in 6 starts last season.

Posted: 3/7/2014 11:22pm et
Updating a previous report, the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to a two-year contract with free-agent QB Matt Cassel (Vikings). Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Cassel was the most effective of the Vikings' trio of quarterbacks last season, which isn't necessarily saying much. He would be an effective mentor for a rookie quarterback should the Vikings take one with the eight overall pick or on Day 2, and at present projects to be the team's starter.

Posted: 2/22/2014 9:06pm et
There is growing chatter that the Houston Texans might be interested in free-agent QB Matt Cassel (Vikings).
Huddle Up: There were a couple seasons of overlap between Cassel and new Texans coach Bill O'Brien in New England, so it makes sense that O'Brien would be comfortable with Cassel as the mentor to Houston's new QB of the future. Whether that's the role Cassel wants, however, remains to be seen.

Posted: 2/10/2014 1:45pm et
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the team has already made contact with the agent for free-agent QB Matt Cassel. Spielman said he expects to talk with Cassel's agent again in the future.
Huddle Up: The logical move would be for Minnesota to use Cassel--the most effective of the three quarterbacks the Vikings used in 2013--as a bridge to their next "quarterback of the future", someone likely acquired in the first two rounds of the upcoming draft. So even though Cassel has voided his contract, don't write him out of Minnesota's plans just yet.

Posted: 2/5/2014 11:00pm et
The Minnesota Vikings are interested in re-signing QB Matt Cassel after he voided his option for the 2014 season.
Huddle Up: With Cassel voiding his contract the Vikings have only Christian Ponder left at quarterback. Cassel could return to Minnesota as a short-term starter, which would allow them to draft a quarterback on Day Two and bring him along more slowly. It makes sense, but you can't blame Cassel for exercising his right to at least test the free agent waters.

Posted: 1/1/2014 12:29pm et
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel can void the remaining year of his deal in February. Only QB Christian Ponder is under team control for 2014.
Huddle Up: Cassel was the one Vikings quarterback who had success this season, but not keeping him around all but ensures that Minnesota must take a quarterback with the eight overall pick in the upcoming draft. Should Cassel not void his deal he could be the caretaker QB while Minnesota grooms a later pick or a first-rounder in 2015 as they build towards the opening of their new stadium in 2016.

Posted: 12/24/2013 12:56am et
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said QB Matt Cassel will be the starting quarterback Week 17.
Huddle Up: Cassel fell on his face (13-of-27, 114 yards, 1 TD, 3 interceptions, fumble) for those who gambled on him in Week 17. He has a decent matchup with the Lions visiting in Week 17, but do you really want to take that chance?

Posted: 12/16/2013 10:50pm et
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel is expected to start the final two games of the regular season, barring injury, according to sources. The team feels there is no reason to further evaluate QB Josh Freeman.
Huddle Up: Cassel on Sunday blistered the Eagles for 382 yards -- the first 300-yard passing game for a Vikings' QB this season -- and 2 TDs. He also was able to get prize FA acquisition Greg Jennings involved as the WR finished with a season-high 11 catches for 163 yards and a TD. Meanwhile, it appears the Freeman era in the Twin Cities is over before it really got started.

Posted: 12/4/2013 12:11pm et
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) still isn't cleared to practice, and QB Matt Cassel is likely to start in Week 14.
Huddle Up: Cassel has been solid in a couple relief performances, and the Vikings seem reluctant to test-drive former Buc Josh Freeman. With continued decent play Cassel could nail down the backup gig to whomever the Vikings draft this spring; for now, he gives the Minnesota passing game mild fantasy upgrades across the board.

Posted: 12/2/2013 8:46pm et
The Minnesota Vikings are undecided who will start at quarterback in Week 14 against the Baltimore Ravens as they await word on whether QB Christian Ponder (concussion) will be healthy enough to play. QB Matt Cassel replaced Ponder in Week 13 against the Chicago Bears and threw for 243 yards, a touchdown and an interception in an overtime victory. If Ponder isn't cleared to start practicing early in the week, the team could be influenced to go in another direction.
Huddle Up: Cassel would seem the most likely starting candidate -- even if Ponder is healthy -- but the Vikings have already gone down that route before and wound up turning back to Ponder. Of course, don't forget about Josh Freeman, the wild card of the bunch.

Posted: 11/18/2013 11:50am et
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier was non-committal when asked Sunday, Nov. 17, who his Week 12 quarterback would be against the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: Christian Ponder struggled against Seattle, with Matt Cassel coming on in relief for a late touchdown. The Vikings also have Josh Freeman, who should be acclimated to the playbook by now. The Minnesota passing game hasn't produced much in the way of fantasy help, and a change at quarterback would only marginally alter that prognosis.

Posted: 10/14/2013 7:57pm et
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier did not indicate who would be his starting quarterback in Week 7 against the New York Giants after QB Matt Cassel and Co. took another defeat in Week 6. 'Yeah, I want to go back and evaluate what Matt did in this ballgame and then make a determination as we go this week,' Frazier said when asked if he was undecided about his starting quarterback. Cassel went 32-for-44 with 241 yards and a touchdown and two interceptions. QB Josh Freeman was inactive, and the team is unsure if he'll have a good enough grip of the offense to start this weekend.
Huddle Up: Going by the above, it doesn't sound as if Christian Ponder and his fractured rib are ready to return to action, reducing the candidates to Cassel and Freeman. Cassel had a solid first start in Week 5, but the turnover and lack-of-bug-play issues that plauged him in 2012 cropped up an inopportune time in Sunday's blowout home loss to the Panthers. Stay tuned on this one.

Posted: 10/10/2013 11:53am et
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder has been cleared to play in Week 6. However, QB Matt Cassel is likely to start again.
Huddle Up: Cassel led the Vikings to a win over Pittsburgh, while Ponder was winless through the first three games. Cassel's fantasy numbers weren't outstanding, but he was more efficient and sparked Greg Jennings and Jerome Simpson to solid stats as well.

Posted: 10/1/2013 3:51pm et
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said the team's starting quarterback job between QBs Christian Ponder (ribs) and Matt Cassel is up in the air because Ponder is still hurt, and he won't be re-evaluated until next week. 'It's hard to be concrete when you know Christian is dealing with an injury,' Frazier added, 'so we'll see what happens.'
Huddle Up: Cassel did a fine job last week, but the Steelers were making things easy for him. He does appear to give the skill position guys a boost in fantasy football, but don't get overly excited.

Posted: 9/27/2013 10:31am et
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel will start in Week 4 over QB Christian Ponder.
Huddle Up: The Vikings have taken a curious route to this point, notifying Ponder on Tuesday that he had an injury yet giving him the majority of first-team snaps on Thursday--only to announce Friday that Cassel will be the starter. Little fantasy impact here, as you weren't looking to the Vikings' passing game for fantasy help anyway and defenses are already keying fully on Adrian Peterson.