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Youth and High school career
Cassel attended Chatsworth High School and was a letterman and standout in football and baseball. (Cassel was, in fact, a member of the Northridge, California baseball team that reached the finals of the 1994 Little League World Series.
Cassel was selected in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft and the 230th choice overall by the New England Patriots, ahead of more accomplished college quarterbacks such as Timmy Chang and Jason White.
Cassel began the 2005 season third on the Patriots depth chart, behind Tom Brady and Doug Flutie. He saw his first regular season NFL action in the closing minutes of the Patriots' 41-17 loss to the San Diego Chargers on October 2, 2005, going 2-for-4 for 15 yards and throwing an interception.
In the Patriots' final game of the 2005 regular season, a 28-26 loss to the Miami Dolphins on January 1, 2006, Cassel played the final three quarters. Though he was sacked for a Safey, he threw two touchdown passes, one to Tim Dwight, and the second to Ben Watson. The pass to Dwight set up Doug Flutie's dropkick goal (the first such goal since 1941).
Following Flutie's retirement in the 2006 off-season, Cassel moved up to second on the Patriots' depth chart.
Matt played one season of baseball for USC (2004) and was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 36th round of the 2004 baseball draft.
Most people believe that 2005 was Matt Cassel's best year.
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Fumble Recovery Stats
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