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Draft Scout Matt Cassel News
09/24/14 - QB Matt Cassel was hoping to prove this season he deserved to be a full-time NFL starting quarterback again. The offseason went well. Training camp was better. The preseason and the season-opening 34-6 win were beyond outside expectations as Cassel beat out rookie first-round draft pick Teddy Bridgewater and then asserted control of the team.
But then came Weeks 2 and 3. Cassel threw four interceptions in a 30-7 loss to the Patriots and then suffered a season-ending broken foot in a 20-9 loss at New Orleans on Sunday. Wednesday, when he was placed on injured reserve, Cassel said he was "devastated."
"It's disappointing professionally and personally," Cassel said. "You work so hard in the offseason to give yourself an opportunity to go out there and play, and then to have it happen this early in the season — especially with the belief that I have in this team, the thoughts of going on and having a lot of success this year — and for it to happen this early is super devastating to me. At the same time, now all your focus goes into your rehab and getting better and trying to get back on the field."
09/21/14 - QB Matt Cassel struggled against the Saints' pressure, and he was a sitting duck against a defense that struggled in its first two games. Credit Vikings coach Mike Zimmer for honesty not often seen from NFL head coaches. He announced that Cassel broke several bones in his foot and said Cassel would undergo an MRI exam Monday. Cassel could be out for an extended period.
09/17/14 - QB Matt Cassel's touchdown on the opening drive of last week's game gave the Vikings at least one touchdown in 53 consecutive games, which is third most in team history.
09/14/14 - QB Matt Cassell finished 19-for-36 passing for 202 yards and one touchdown with four interceptions. It was the first time Cassel has thrown four picks in a game since Week 13 of the 2009 season, when Cassel played for the Kansas City Chiefs.
09/07/14 - QB Matt Cassel was very efficient, completing 17 of 25 passes for 170 yards and a pair of TDs. Getting help from schemes which emphasized maximum protection against the Rams' ferocious pass rush, Cassel was sacked just once. That version of Cassel, who finished with a 113.8 QB rating, is one the Vikings can win with if their defense plays like it did Sunday.