Matt Cassel Fantasy News
Matt Cassel likely to opt out and hit free agency
Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 2:03pm
Cassel has until Friday to void his contract, in which case he will become a free agent. There's still a possibility he can re-sign with the Vikings with different terms on the contract.
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Cordarrelle Patterson expected to start at split end
Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 10:59am
In his first year in the NFL, Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson looked like a star in the making. Granted, much of his best work came as a kick returner, but Patterson had moments when he showed he could be a dangerous threat as a receiver, too -- most notably his 79-yard screen pass against the Ravens on Dec. 8. Patterson could be the Vikings' next iteration of Percy Harvin, and will likely be the team's starting split end for years to come. Greg Jennings had an underwhelming first year in Minnesota, but that was due largely to the uncertainty the Vikings had at quarterback; once Matt Cassel took over as the starter at the end of the season, Jennings took off, catching a career-high 11 passes in the Vikings' Dec. 15 win over the Eagles.
All arrows are pointing up for Patterson, who was the #10 WR from Week 10 to Week 17. He scored seven touchdowns in that span (three rush, four receiving) while racking up 29 catches for 323 yards to go along with 10 carries for 156 rushing yards. With Josh Gordon coming off of a breakout season under new Vikings OC Norv Turner, Patterson should be a fantasy starter sooner rather than later.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 9:38pm
Four people with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports that Vikings QB Josh Freeman was late for numerous meetings in his roughly three months with the Vikings. A third player said Freeman often was among the last players to the facility.
One of Freeman's agents, Erik Burkhardt, said "anything about meetings or missing anything is false."
Freeman was thrown in the fire against the Giants where he played poorly and also suffered concussion symptoms. Former HC Leslie Frazier couldn't go back once Freeman was healthy, particularly because the consensus in the locker room was Matt Cassel should have kept the job after he led the Vikings to their first win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 29, three weeks before Freeman's debut. However, playing Freeman too soon was a big part of why Frazier was fired this week.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 11:40am
Matt Cassel will start at quarterback in the Vikings’ season finale against the Lions on Sunday, with Christian Ponder as the backup. Josh Freeman is expected to be inactive for the ninth time in 12 games since joining the Vikings.
“I don’t know what would change that as the week goes on, but that’s the thought process as we speak,” coach Leslie Frazier said Monday.
Cassel had his worst game this season in Sunday’s 42-14 loss at Cincinnati. He was 13 of 27 for 114 yards with a touchdown, three interceptions and a fumble. Frazier will stick with Cassel, who has the option to become an unrestricted free agent during the offseason. As the story points out, Ponder is signed for 2014 and Freeman can become a free agent.
Aaron Rodgers ruled out vs. Steelers
Friday, December 20, 2013, 1:53pm
This is not surprising news given the way this week has gone. Owners waiting on Rodgers will have to continue to put a band aid on the QB position. Kirk Cousins, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Tannehill, Joe Flacco and Jason Campbell are all decent-to-good streaming options. Even Matt Flynn and Matt Cassel are worth consideration. Check our QB rankings to see how we believe these players will perform this week.
Monday, December 9, 2013, 2:13pm
We'll see if Ponder gets the start this week as Matt Cassel again played pretty well with Ponder out. It's a decent matchup on paper but the Eagles defense is somewhat improved despite its ranking. Whoever the starter is may have to throw a bit more with the statuses of RBs Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart in question.
Christian Ponder suffers concussion
Sunday, December 1, 2013, 8:50pm
Ponder took a helmet-to-helmet hit on a two-yard completion to Greg Jennings near the end of the first half, and went to the locker room without his helmet to be evaluated.
After Ponder left the game, Matt Cassel led a 10-point comeback in the fourth quarter and eventually directed the Vikings to a 23-20 overtime win. Cassel threw for 243 yards in relief of Ponder. Josh Freeman would be the backup to Cassel if Ponder misses time. But it's a tough matchup at Baltimore in Week 14.
Sunday, November 17, 2013, 8:58pm
Saturday, November 9, 2013, 9:43am
Rapoport said we should know by Wednesday of next week. Ponder played pretty well against the Redskins on Thursday and is showing signs of improving but is still too inconsistent for lineups outside of a low-end QB2. It seems the team wants go back to him despite Matt Cassel looking good in his limited work and trading for Josh Freeman.
Christian Ponder has a dislocated shoulder
Friday, November 8, 2013, 2:23am
Monday, October 21, 2013, 7:17pm
Josh Freeman will start in Week 7
Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 5:10pm
"I like the things that he's done in his career, along with what he's done since he arrived here with our football team," Frazier said.
"The time that he's put in, how well he's adapted to our system, and I like his work ethic. He's done enough for us to say we want to give him this opportunity — which is something we had in mind when we acquired him. We think now is the time."
Freeman, 25, took the first-team reps Wednesday, followed by Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel, who led the Vikings over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 29 in London in place of injured Ponder (ribs) but struggled in Sunday's blowout loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Matt Cassel flopped at home against a good Carolina defense in Week 6, which is why the Vikings decided to make the switch. Freeman has a strong arm and has played at a high level in stretches throughout his career. We generally don't endorse QBs who join new teams midseason and have to develop chemistry with receivers on the fly, but Freeman is a player to monitor for owners who have QB issues.