Matt Cassel, QB Buffalo Bills

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Matt Cassel continues to run with first team

Sunday, August 2, 2015, 2:57pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

For the third consecutive day, the Buffalo Bills gave veteran quarterback Matt Cassel reps with the first-team group in their "two spot" drill during Sunday's practice.

Cassel has been joined by either EJ Manuel and Tyrod Taylor in taking reps with the top group in 11-on-11 action. Taylor rotated with Cassel on Friday and Sunday, while Manuel took reps with Cassel on Saturday.

"We put [Cassel] there. That's what we want to do," coach Rex Ryan said after Sunday's practice. "With his experience, we think it's more important that he's always rotating with that group. Tyrod is going to get his equal turns at the one spot and so is EJ.

"So it's like, we're putting him there, but then to him running some other ones, they go down to the threes. Because they're younger, they're going to be with some of these younger guys. And we think that's the best way to develop these quarterbacks."

Fantasy Impact:

It's also worth nothing the story added Cassel's performance in practice hasn't stood out above Manuel's or Taylor's and, at times, has been worse. But on Sunday, it was Manuel who lagged behind Cassel and Taylor. When the Bills broke into a single 11-on-11 drill at the end of practice (as opposed to their simultaneous "two spot" drill), Manuel held the ball too long on his first dropback for a sack and then overthrew Chris Hogan on his second dropback, the story said. In this run-first offense, whoever wins the job isn't expected to put up huge fantasy numbers.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside
Matt Cassel is a veteran who has had some mild success during his NFL career. Part of the problem is the last year he was even close to being an effective NFL starter was 2010 with Kansas City. But the Bills will likely want a game manager and Cassel can be that. He had nine starts the last two seasons with Minnesota and actually managed to complete 59.6% of his passes. But that might be the best thing we can say about him from a statistical standpoint.

Fantasy Downside
Cassel threw 14 touchdowns in 9 starts over the past two seasons with the Vikings. He accompanied that with 13 interceptions and really looked bad most of the time. Really, Cassel is an NFL backup so the fact the Bills are considering him a starter shows how desperate they are. In other words, Cassel's numbers aren't going to magically get better. In fact, they might get worse.

Bottom Line
Most likely, the Bills quarterback for 2015 will not be a strong fantasy option. Obviously, Buffalo brought in a veteran like Matt Cassel because of their doubt in E.J. Manuel. The Bills aren't publicly dismissing Manuel, but Cassel will have the inside track for the job. No matter who it is, it will be one of the lowest rated starting fantasy quarterbacks in 2015. Unless you have a league where you need three or four quarterbacks on the roster, no reason to have Cassel on your team.

2015 Strength of Schedule - BUF
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
21
IND
24
NE
6
@MIA
26
NYG
22
@TEN
3
CIN
17
@JAX
BYE6
MIA
7
@NYJ
24
@NE
5
@KC
12
HOU
29
@PHI
32
@WAS
18
DAL
7
NYJ

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2014 Game Stats
WkOppCompAttPaYdsPaTDIntYPAYPCRuAttYdsTDFumYPRSnaps%
1STL1725170206.8010.004-300-0.7558/58100%
2NE1936202145.6110.63316005.3366/66100%
3NO51053005.3010.6015005.0016/5629%
4ATL--------------
5GB--------------
6DET--------------
7BUF--------------
8TB--------------
9WAS--------------
10BYE--------------
11CHI--------------
12GB--------------
13CAR--------------
14NYJ--------------
15DET--------------
16MIA--------------
17CHI--------------
Totals4171425345.9910.37818002.25140/18078%

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