Matt Cassel

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Matt Cassel (#16) at the New England Patriots 2006 training camp.

Matt Cassel is a National Football League (NFL) quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs. He is 6-4 and weighs 225 pounds. Matt has two brothers (Jack and Justin Cassel) in baseball's minor league system. Matt also played baseball for the USC Trojans in 2004 but was not drafted by any major league team. While attending the University of Southern California he majored in communications

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High School

Matt Cassel attended High School in Chatsworth, California. Starting at quarterback in his junior and senior seasons, Matt had a total of 336 completions on 621 attempts for 4950 yards, 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in those two years.

College Football Career

From 2000 to 2004 Matt Cassel attended the University of Southern California and played college football for the USC Trojans. From 2001 through 2004 he backed up Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks and NFL top ten first round draft picks Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart. In his total playing time with USC (he played in 25 games), Cassel completed 20 of 33 pass attempts for 192 yards and one interception. He also played backup tight end for the Trojans but only caught one pass for 12 yards in his playing time.

NFL Career

In 2005 the New England Patriots drafted Matt Cassel in the 7th round of the 2005 NFL draft. After a great preseason performance he made the team as the third quarterback on the Patriots roster[1]. In his rookie regular season with the Patriots he played in two games and attempted 24 passes and completed 13 of those passes for 183 yards and 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Most of the action that he saw in 2005 came in the last game of the season vs Miami. In that game[2] he led the Patriots from behind to come within a two point conversion of tying the game and sending it into overtime. Both of Cassel's touchdown passes came in the last six minutes of the game.... In 2006 Matt became the the number two quarterback and the primary backup to Tom Brady on the Patriots roster. In 2006, he didn't see any real action but he did attempt 8 passes for 5 completions and 32 yards in forth quarter blowout situations.

In 2007, he backed up Brady again but did not see much playing time. However, in 2008, Brady suffered a season-ending injury in the first game, forcing Cassel to start for the rest of the season. In 16 games (including the one in relief of Brady), he threw for 3,693 yards and 21 touchdowns. He led the Patriots to an 11-5 record and they narrowly missed the playoffs.

Since Brady was recovered by the 2009 season, Cassel joined the Kansas City Chiefs and became their starter. In 15 games, he had 2,924 yards passing and 16 touchdowns. In 2010, Cassel was named to the Pro Bowl after leading the Chiefs to a 10-6 record and an AFC West title. They lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the playoffs. In 2011, Cassel was hampered by injuries and only played 9 games. In 2012, he was named the Opening Day starter but was ultimately benched due to injury and poor play.

References

  1. http://www.patriots.com/search/index.cfm?ac=searchdetail&pid=12047&pcid=47
  2. http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/live/NFL_20060101_MIA@NE

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