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Matt Cassel

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/* NFL Career */
== 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<ref>http://www.patriots.com/search/index.cfm?ac=searchdetail&pid=12047&pcid=47</ref>. 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<ref>http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/live/NFL_20060101_MIA@NE</ref> 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 is expected led the Patriots to backup an 11-5 record and they narrowly missed the playoffs. Since Brady was recovered by the 2009 season, Cassel joined the [[Tom BradyKansas 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]] once again in 2007the 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.
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