Cassel completed eight of 13 passes for 88 yards and added a seven-yard scramble in Saturday's preseason win over the Panthers. Cassel suited up for Week 2 of preseason after sitting the opener for precautionary reasons related to a minor thumb injury. As expected, Cassel finished the first half after starter Marcus Mariota worked two drives. The veteran's as locked into a No. 2 role as any quarterback in the league since he has no chance of surpassing a healthy Mariota but also enjoys plenty of job security given third-stringer Alex Tanney's underwhelming resume.
Cassel (thumb) is expected to play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Jets, the Tennessean's Jason Wolf reports. Cassel getting the green light to play in preseason action suggests the thumb injury that ailed him throughout OTAs and minicamp is a thing of the past. He should rotate in before Alex Tanney but after starter Marcus Mariota.
Cassel suffered a thumb injury that will require surgery, but he's expected to be ready for training camp. The veteran signal-caller will have a pin inserted into his throwing thumb after injuring it earlier in the week. Fortunately, the time frame for his return lines up with the start of training camp, so it's expected that he won't miss any time beyond the remainder of OTAs and mandatory minicamp. Once healthy, Cassel figures to assume the backup role behind Marcus Mariota. The Titans are not expected to add another quarterback for depth in Cassel's absence.
Cassel signed a contract extension with the Titans on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Securing Cassel for the next year was one of Tennessee's main priorities entering this offseason. The extension will keep the veteran quarterback as the Titans' backup for the 2017 campaign. Marcus Mariota broke his right fibula in Week 16, pushing Cassel into the starting quarterback role. In his only start of the season, he completed 16 of 26 passes for 150 yards, one touchdown and one interception. While Mariota is making steady progress in his recovery, it is very possible that Cassel could see starting reps during training camp and into the preseason.
Cassel completed 16 of 26 passes for 150 yards with one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 24-17 win over Houston. Cassel wasn't very impressive filling in for Marcus Mariota (leg), but did enough to win his lone start of the season. Most of his damage came courtesy of wide receiver Rishard Matthews, who had nine catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. The unrestricted free agent will likely land a backup role somewhere else this offseason.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|15||12/17||@San Francisco 49ers||21||20.67|
|16||12/24||Los Angeles Rams||11||16.00|
|3 Year Avg||57.8||662||3||4||33||0||43|