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Full Name: Matt Cassel Primary Position: QB
Height/Weight: 6' 5"/230 College: University of Southern California
Birthdate: May 17, 1982 High School: Chatsworth (CA)
Birthplace: Northridge, California
Pro Experience: 2 years


Biography

Matt Cassel is a quarterback who currently plays for the New England Patriots.

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.

College career

Cassell spent all of his time at USC as a backup behind Heisman Trophy winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart.

Professional career

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.

As Tom Brady had done in 2000, when he himself was a late-round draft choice, Cassel worked hard in training camp and made the team, which resulted in the release of longtime backup Rohan Davey.

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.

Personal

His older brother, Jack, is a pitcher in the San Diego Padres organization and younger brother, Justin, is on UC Irvine's baseball team.

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.

Scouting Report

Statistics

Passing Stats

year team league games ATT CMP PCT YDS YPA TD INT SKD SKY RAT
2005 NWE NFL 1 24 13 54.2 183 7.63 2 1 1 1 89.4
2006 NWE NFL 6 8 5 62.5 32 4 0 0 3 10 70.8
2 year NFL career 7 32 18 56.3 215 6.72 2 1 4 11 84.8

Rushing Stats

year team league games ATT YDS AVG TD LNG
2005 NWE NFL 1 6 12 2 0 9
2006 NWE NFL 6 2 4 2 0 5
2 year NFL career 7 8 16 2 0 0

Fumble Recovery Stats

year team league games TOT OWR OPR YDS TD
2005 NWE NFL 1 2 0 0 0 0
2006 NWE NFL 6 1 0 0 0 0
2 year NFL career 7 3 0 0 0 0

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