Matt Cassel | QB | Minnesota Vikings
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.
Posted: 6/19/2013 3:51pm et
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder might be challenged by Matt Cassel for the starting job during the 2013 season.
Huddle Up: Ponder is still the starter in Minnesota, but the leash isn't particularly long with a quality backup plan like Cassel in the wings. Neither is on the fantasy radar; what fantasy owners are hoping for is enough from one or the other to keep Kyle Rudolph and Greg Jennings relevant.
Posted: 3/16/2013 10:58pm et
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel said he understands that he will be the No. 2 quarterback and that QB Christian Ponder will be the team's starting quarterback. "They said they're looking to bring somebody in with experience who could come in and basically be somebody who can step in if need be. The fact of the matter is, again, Christian is the starting quarterback. I think we'll have a great [meeting] room. I'm there to add value. I'm there to help him out in whatever capacity that is, and go from there," Cassel said.
Huddle Up: The Vikings' desperate need for a quality backup reared its head in the playoff loss to Green Bay, and it was a priority in the offseason. While the jury is still out on whether or not Ponder is the solution at quarterback, the Vikings' front office remains committed to giving him an opportunity to see what he can do with a better receiving corps; hence the Greg Jennings signing. However, they don't want to waste Adrian Peterson so having a veteran backup on hand in case Ponder falters or is injured is the smart move.
Posted: 3/14/2013 5:55pm et
QB Matt Cassel, released by the Kansas City Chiefs earlier in the day, signed with the Minnesota Vikings and is expected to compete with QB Christian Ponder for the starting quarterback job next season.
Huddle Up: Cassel chose the Vikes over the Bucs, ostensibly because he'll have a better shot at beating out Ponder than Tampa's Josh Freeman.
Posted: 3/14/2013 2:00pm et
The Kansas City Chiefs have released QB Matt Cassel.
Huddle Up: A mere formality with the team dealing for Alex Smith in February and signing FA Chase Daniel earlier this week.
Posted: 2/28/2013 11:23pm et
The Minnesota Vikings could show interest in Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel if he is released this offseason because the Vikings want a veteran quarterback to pair with QB Christian Ponder.
Huddle Up: Cassel in purple makes more sense than the other rumor of the day which had the Arizona Cardinals reportedly showing some interest despite Cassel's lack of a big arm. The Vikings, on the other hand, throw a lot more underneath as evidenced by Ponder's paltry 6.1 yards per attempt -- a figure which ranked ahead of only the Jaguars' Blaine Gabbert (6.0) among starting QBs this past season.
Posted: 2/24/2013 12:54pm et
The Kansas City Chiefs have not given QB Matt Cassel the option to accept a pay cut in order to remain with the team.
Huddle Up: There's a new regime in town with Andy Reid at the controls and all indications are that Cassel's 4-year run in K.C. is over. Expect him to be released sooner rather than later.
Posted: 2/8/2013 11:16pm et
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said the team is still evaluating QB Matt Cassel and that it is too early for the team to make a decision on him. "We're too early in the process to know that. We'll continue to evaluate it. We're evaluating him just like we do a free agent. That's what you do, and the thing about that is it takes time. I think he realizes that. That's how it works when there's a change," Reid said.
Huddle Up: Right now it looks like the Chiefs will use the first overall pick in the draft on a quarterback, but if their evaluation reveals something about Cassel they really like there are other options--including trading back in the draft. Plenty to consider between now and that day in April when Roger Goodell puts the Chiefs on the clock.
Posted: 1/16/2013 11:19am et
Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel, who was benched this season, will be due over $16 million in base salary over the next two seasons. It is likely Cassel will be cut.
Huddle Up: There are enough QB-needy teams that Cassel should at least find a camp to visit, but the luster is definitely off the one-time Tom Brady backup.