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    Patriots' backup QB job open for the taking


    We’re hearing that after being very high on him through his first two years with the team, the Patriots are starting to sour a little bit on backup QB Matt Cassel. Drafted in the seventh round of 2005 out of USC despite never having started a game for the Trojans, Cassel displayed enough promise to convince New England it could develop him into a serviceable backup to Tom Brady. If all went according to plan, the Pats also harbored the hope they could fetch a high draft pick for him from a QB-needy team, a la Matt Hasselbeck. But Cassel has been a bit disappointing in 2007. In limited action — he has thrown just five passes — he sports a dismal QB rating of 19.2, with his lone interception getting returned for a touchdown by Dolphins DE Jason Taylor. Sources tell us it’s a distinct possibility that current third-stringer Matt Gutierrez could climb into the No. 2 role before the end of the season, and that even practice-squad player David Greene could mount a case for the job.


    I'm not the greatest Cassell fan. I had hoped he would develop nicely then the pats could trade him off for a draft pick. I'm thinking now that maybe we just cut ties and try to bring in someone like Griese or Simms.
     
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    Re: from Pro Football Weekly re: Cassell

    Maybe not all late round QB's are Tom Brady.

    I think Cassell was damned by high praise and expectations because, well Brady did it, shouldn't everybody?

    Brady doing what he did while having been drafted #199 is an extremely rare occurrence.
     
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    5 passes?

    He is Brady's back up. If Belichick had no faith in him Vinny would have been signed. Get off the kid's back until he has a chance to play.
     
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    Derek anderson - i rest my case .He played like crap in small outing but since given the starting job has improved every week.
    you cannot judge a player with 5 minutes of game time.
     
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    I agree to a point. Cassel hasn't played enough to really get a feel if he is a qualified backup or not. But, if Brady went down (I didn't just say that, it's your imagination), would you feel confident having Cassel leading this team into the playoffs? It's a scary thought.
     
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    Not the first time this has been posted.

    And, again, if the Pats were that unsure about things, why on earth did they let Testaverde go?
     
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    Cassel's performance, and any judgments of it, comprise a ridiculously, USELESSLY small sample-size. Also, this PFW Whispers thing is a week old, at least, isn't it? I think we already "did" this topic.
     
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    Cassel's tiny sample of game performance has certainly done nothing to inspire confidence. But when he's played longer, as in preseason games, he's generally gotten better as he's gone along. I get the impression that he presses too much at first, overeager since he gets so little action.

    2nd coming of Brady? Of course not. Respectable backup (and terrific 7th-round pick)? Sounds about right.
     
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    Cassell made one bonehead play where he followed the receiver all the way and Jason Taylor, a very good defensive end read him and made the interception. I think he will get more playing time as the season winds down and improve his play.
     
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    Because they had confidence in Gutierrez and/or Green, and perhaps they have some other veteran QB on the shadow roster.... :confused:
     
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    Agree with your points. What does the #2 QB do in practice besides know the plays, stay healthy and play catch with the backup WRs? The #3 likely plays with the scout team and gets some meaningful practice time against the #1 defense (granted with the other team's plays).

    You really can't effectively evaluate a backup until they get practice time as the #1 QB and start a regular season game. That being said, also agree with your gut-feel assessment of Cassel.
     
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    Bingo! Say hello to #80 Troy Brown. Our offense goes to the 4 TE set and we run the option every play.
     
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