Matt Cassel signed with the Titans this offseason, and he will be the No. 2 quarterback behind Marcus Mariota. Cassel was with Dallas in 2015, and he appeared in nine games with Tony Romo (collarbone) banged up. He passed for 1,276 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions, and it's clear he will never be a quality starting option again in the NFL. With the Titans, Cassel will hold a clipboard on the sidelines unless Mariota gets hurt, but hopefully he shouldn't see much action. He's not worth drafting in the majority of leagues.
Cassel is the clear favorite to back up Marcus Mariota after the Titans waived fellow quarterback Zach Mettenberger on Monday. Cassel brings veteran experience in the locker room, and has proven capable of holding his own at the NFL level in the past. The soon-to-be 34-year-old got a nice early birthday present with Mettenberger's departure, especially since Mariota did miss four games last year due to injury.
Cassel has signed a one-year deal with the Titans, ESPN.com reports. Cassel, who turns 34 in May, continues his tour around the NFL, and in his new uniform he'll be counted on to provide the Titans with an experienced veteran backup option behind franchise QB Marcus Mariota.
Cassel finished the 2015 season with 1276 passing yards and a 5:7 TD:INT ratio in eight games. His 58.3 percent completion rate and 6.3 YPA were also poor, and he eventually lost the starting job to Kellen Moore, who wasn't much better. Given the struggles the Cowboys had this season when Tony Romo went down, expect them to address their backup QB position in a significant way in the offseason, either in the draft or by acquiring an upgrade elsewhere.
Cassel will serve as the Cowboys' backup quarterback with Kellen Moore named the starter for Sunday's game at Buffalo, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Cassel was afforded the first four drives of Saturday's loss to the Jets, before head coach Jason Garrett exchanged the veteran for the untested Moore. If Cassel doesn't make another appearance this season, he'll finish as Dallas' leading passer with 1,276 yards. However, the mark accompanies a 58.3% completion percentage and five touchdowns versus seven interceptions, which likely won't translate to more than a reserve role, wherever he lands in 2016.
Cassell was pulled from Saturday night's game early after completing 3-of-8 passes for 37 yards and an interception. Caseell was reportedly on a short leash and that proved to be true. He led the Cowboys on a field-goal drive, followed by an interception and two three-and-outs. Kellen Moore came in for him and went 15-of-25 for 158 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|9||11/06||@San Diego Chargers||14||19.56|
|10||11/13||Green Bay Packers||15||19.78|
|15||12/18||@Kansas City Chiefs||6||18.00|
|3 Year Avg||59.1||1169||6||7||51||0||80|