Matt Cassel on WR Lance Long:
“He’s a great slot receiver,” Cassel said. “He’s got tremendous quickness, he gets in and out of his breaks well, he catches the ball, he’s a tough guy – he’s not afraid to lay in a block on a linebacker or a safety. He’s a great player and he’s been helping us, there’s no doubt about that.”
Cassel knows a bit about what a great slot receiver looks like. He did, after all, play with WR Wes Welker in New England. Welker was on the receiving end of 111 footballs last year for the Patriots – just one short of his career-high 112 in 2007 when working under a full season with QB Tom Brady.
“You know, he’s got a similar mentality in that he’s a bulldog,” Cassel remarked with comparing Long’s attributes with Welker’s. “He just goes out there and he works hard. Like I said, he’s a guy that you really do want to see in the slot in terms of his quickness and how he goes about his business. There are definitely some resemblances between Welker and Lance.”