Matt Cassel QB BUF 5 hours ago

The Bills are reportedly having an internal debate with regard to the possibility of cutting Cassel, reports.

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Matt Cassel QB BUF 2 days ago

According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, the Bills plan to go with Cassel's teammate Tyrod Taylor as their starting quarterback.

Matt Cassel QB BUF 4 days ago

Cassel completed six of seven passes for 38 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers.

Matt Cassel QB BUF 3 months ago

Both Cassel and EJ Manuel took snaps with the starting offense at Tuesday's organized team activities, The Buffalo News reports.

With a number of NFL teams, you can look at snap counts during OTAs to determine who's ahead in the position races. However, the Bills are using a concept where they run two offenses huddling simultaneously on separate fields, then depend more on film later. The team did say Tyrod Taylor would get some looks with the starters this week as well, though it does seem clear that Cassel and Manuel are the two frontrunners.

Matt Cassel QB BUF 4 months ago

The Bills did not draft another quarterback, nor have they brought another one in after signing a handful of undrafted free agents Monday. That leaves the main competition for the starting job between Cassel and EJ Manuel, with Tyrod Taylor and Jeff Tuel seemingly looking like longer shots to compete.

Right now, it's a neck-and-neck race between the top two QBs, each of whom brings vastly different offerings to Rex Ryan's new table. Cassel offers a veteran presence and stability that can manage a game should Ryan and offensive coordinator Greg Roman feel their team is strong enough everywhere else, while Manuel offers more speed, arm strength, risk, and reward. At least there's not another fresh face added to the mix. This may be the most up-for-grabs QB battle in the NFL this summer.

Matt Cassel QB BUF 5 months ago

Coach Rex Ryan said on WGR Radio 550 on Friday that it will be an open competition between Cassel (foot) and the other Buffalo quarterbacks, reports. Said the new coach. "It's a competition and whoever earns the job will be the guy that's out there. We have some talented guys and we'll see what happens. You bring in a veteran like Matt Cassel. He's done some pretty good things in this league. He's got that veteran presence about him. With EJ back there just going into his third year I really believe EJ is going to improve with his fundamentals having (quarterbacks coach) David Lee here. I love the fact that he's a gym rat and he's smart. With our offense being multiple we'll be able to get out of bad plays, so the mental part of it all of the quarterbacks we have should be able to handle that."

The Bills also have Tyrod Taylor and Jeff Tuel in the mix, plus they might bring in one more guy, but presumably the real competition will be between Cassel and EJ Manuel. While neither player is the next coming of Jim Kelly or anywhere close, this will possibly be the biggest tossup in the league this summer as far as starting quarterbacks go. Manuel has the bigger upside, but he hasn't proven much of anything in limited appearances yet, while the Bills could side with Cassel if they feel they have a strong enough team elsewhere (the defense should be one of the league's better units) and want to take the safer, veteran route.

Matt Cassel QB BUF 6 months ago

Cassel, who sustained fractured bones in his foot last season that required surgery and landed him on injured reserve after winning the starting quarterback job for the Vikings, expects to be fully ready when offseason practices begin, reports. Said the veteran, "The foot feels great right now. Everything has been going well with all my rehab up to this point and it was a severe foot injury at that point. I'm at about 22 weeks removed from the injury so I feel great. I'm doing exercises. I've been dropping back and throwing and everything else, and running so I feel good to go."

The Bills seem prepared to give Cassel a fair shot at competing with EJ Manuel for the starting gig, something he wouldn't have gotten behind Teddy Bridgewater in Minnesota. For what it's worth, whoever wins the starting job will likely be leading a team that'll be leaning on a heavy run game and a strong defense to win.

Matt Cassel QB BUF 6 months ago

Cassel (foot) has passed his physical with Bills, which will make his trade trade from Vikings official, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Cassel is thus on track to compete with EJ Manuel for the Bills' starting QB gig, though given the team's recent trade for LeSean McCoy, look for a continued emphasis on the run in Buffalo in 2015.

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Cassel (foot) has been traded to the Bills from the Vikings. The teams have also exchanged undisclosed draft choices as part of the deal.

Well, if there's one team that's making headlines ahead of free agency it's the Bills, who made a big splash Tuesday with a trade for LeSean McCoy. The Bills lost out on Josh McCown, so apparently they'll go with Cassel (and maybe one other still undetermined guy) to create some competition with an unproven EJ Manuel in camp this season. Cassel, who missed most of last season with a broken foot after winning the starting job for the Vikings, heads to his fourth NFL team.

Matt Cassel QB BUF 6 months ago

Cassel is likely to return next season to the Vikings even though he's due $4.75 million in the final season of his two-year contract and coming back from a season-ending broken foot, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.There was some thought that the Vikings may cut or trade Cassel with Teddy Bridgewater becoming the clear No. 1 QB. It looks like Cassel will return as Bridgewater's backup in 2015 even with a large contract for a backup.