Ron Jaworski ranks Matt Cassel as NFL's worst starting QB

Can Matt Cassel hold onto the Vikings' starting job? (USATSI)
Can Matt Cassel hold onto the Vikings' starting job? (USATSI)

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The NFL offseason is almost over. In a few weeks, training camps will open and a month after that, the season will officially be underway. In the meantime, there are jobs to be won or lost, and the highest profile of these jobs are the quarterbacks.

While the league's elite passers remain atop their respective depth charts, there will be plenty of interest in how things shake out in Cleveland, Oakland and Minnesota where rookie quarterbacks will be vying for snaps.

Which brings us to Matt Cassel, the Vikings' veteran quarterback, who will battle Teddy Bridgewater for the starting gig. And according to ESPN's Ron Jaworski, who is unveiling his annual QB rankings, Bridgewater may not have much to worry about.

"My 32nd rated quarterback entering the 2014 season is Matt Cassel,” Jaworski said on ESPN (via PFT).

To be clear: Jaws considers Cassel the NFL's worst starting quarterback. (If it's any consolation, Matt, you'd almost certainly be ranked ahead of Christian Ponder and Brandon Weeden, if, of course, they hadn't been demoted.)

The way Jaws sees it, Cassel isn't a good fit in Norv Turner's offense because it's reliant on play-action passes, something Cassel doesn't do well.

“Turner’s offense starts with the run game. With Adrian Peterson in the backfield, Cassel’s 66 quarterback rating last year on play-action passes just wasn’t good enough,” Jaworski said.

According to Football Outsiders, Cassel ranked 23rd in QB efficiency in 2013, ahead of Jake Locker, Kellen Clemens and Ryan Tannehill. Not dead last, but still below average.

But if Cassel struggles, the Vikings have options.

"Teddy will play when we feel like he's ready, if he's the best guy, which we hope that he will be,” Zimmer said back in May. “We always want to have competition.”

Which means that if Cassel plays down to Jaws' expectations, we'll see Bridgewater sooner rather than later.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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