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.
Cassel will be "on a short leash" Saturday against the Jets, ESPN's Ed Werder reports. Coach Jason Garrett announced Monday that Cassel would remain his starter for Week 15 despite Cassel's 1-5 record as a starter, sub-60 percent completion rate and 5:6 TD:INT ratio. However, the team has reportedly been giving Kellen Moore some first-team reps in practice this week, and if Cassel struggles yet again, the coaching staff may consider a quarterback change. Moore has not played a snap in four NFL seasons.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said Monday that Cassel would remain the starting quarterback despite the fact that the team is all but out of playoff contention, the Dallas Morning News reports. Cassel has been mostly awful, throwing more INTs than TDs with a 6.3 YPA and sub-60 percent completion rate while steering the Cowboys to a 1-5 record since he took over under center. Still, Garrett and the coaching staff feel that the veteran gives them a better chance to win than backup Kellen Moore, who hasn't thrown a snap in the NFL in four seasons. That could change once the team is officially eliminated from the postseason and the focus shifts to 2016, however.
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