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Matt Cassel
QB #16
Height:
6-4
Weight:
228
College:
USC
Hometown:
Northridge, CA
Experience:
13

Biography

 
PRO: The Titans signed Matt Cassel early in the 2016 offseason to provide a veteran presence among the team’s quarterbacks.  Cassel spent 11 previous seasons with the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys.  His career totals prior to arriving in Tennessee included 17,003 passing yards, 101 touchdown passes, 77 interceptions and a passer rating of 79.3.  In 2016, Cassel played in four games with one start and completed 30 of 51 passes for 284 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    In 2015, Cassel played for the Buffalo Bills and the Dallas Cowboys.  With the Cowboys, he started seven games and completed 119 of 204 passes for 1,276 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions.
•    In 2010, he was named to the Pro Bowl after setting career highs with 27 touchdown passes and a 93.0 passer rating as the starting quarterback for the Chiefs.  He helped guide the Chiefs to the AFC West title.
•    In 2008, went 10-5 as a starter with the Patriots after Tom Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener. He passed for 3,693 yards and 21 touchdowns.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    Cassel’s mother, Barbara, is an Emmy-winning set decorator in Hollywood.  His late father, Greg, was a script writer.
•    His wife, Lauren, was a captain of the Southern Cal volleyball team that won the 2002 national title.
•    Cassel played in the 1994 Little League World Series on the Northridge, Calif., team.  He went on to play a season of baseball at Southern Cal and was selected in the 36th round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft by the Oakland Athletics.
•    Cassel’s older brother, Jack, pitched for the Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians and San Diego Padres. His younger brother, Justin, was a pitcher in the Chicago White Sox organization.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Northridge, Calif., native was originally selected by the New England Patriots in the seventh round (230th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft.
•    Traded from New England to the Kansas City Chiefs along with Mike Vrabel in exchange for a 2009 second-round draft choice on Feb. 28, 2009.
•    Released by Kansas City on March 14, 2013.
•    Signed by the Minnesota Vikings on March 15, 2013.
•    Traded from Minnesota to the Buffalo Bills along with a 2015 sixth-round draft choice in exchange for a 2015 fifth-round pick and a 2016 seventh-round pick on March 10, 2015.
•    Released by the Bills on Sept. 5, 2015 and re-signed by the Bills on Sept. 8, 2015.
•    Traded from Buffalo to the Dallas Cowboys along with a 2017 seventh-round draft choice for a 2017 fifth-round pick on Sept. 22, 2015.
•    Signed by the Titans as an unrestricted free agent on March 10, 2016.

COLLEGE:
•    Played in 25 career games at Southern Cal as a backup to Heisman Trophy winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart.  Trojans won back-to-back national titles in 2003 and 2004.  
•    Saw some time at tight end as a junior.  
•    Saw action in career-high 10 games as a sophomore.  Earned USC’s Howard Jones/Football Alumni Club Academic Award for the upperclassman with the highest GPA.  
•    Played a season of baseball in 2004, going 0-1 as a starting pitcher for the Trojans.
•    Graduated in 2004 with a degree in communications and business.

PERSONAL:  
•    He and his wife, Lauren, have four children.
•    As a senior at Chatsworth (Calif.) High School, completed 137 of 261 passes for 2,020 yards with 14 touchdowns and five interceptions to go with 115 carries for 252 yards with 11 touchdowns.
•    Helped Chatsworth win the Los Angeles City baseball title in 1999 while hitting .390 with three home runs and 29 RBIs as a first and third baseman.
•    Has worked with Shadow Buddies program, a charity that makes condition-specific dolls for children’s hospitals.
•    Family lost its home in the 1994 Northridge, Calif., earthquake.
•    Born Matthew Brennan Cassel on May 17, 1982 in Northridge, Calif.
 
PRO: The Titans signed Matt Cassel early in the 2016 offseason to provide a veteran presence among the team’s quarterbacks.  Cassel spent 11 previous seasons with the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys.  His career totals prior to arriving in Tennessee included 17,003 passing yards, 101 touchdown passes, 77 interceptions and a passer rating of 79.3.  In 2016, Cassel played in four games with one start and completed 30 of 51 passes for 284 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    In 2015, Cassel played for the Buffalo Bills and the Dallas Cowboys.  With the Cowboys, he started seven games and completed 119 of 204 passes for 1,276 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions.
•    In 2010, he was named to the Pro Bowl after setting career highs with 27 touchdown passes and a 93.0 passer rating as the starting quarterback for the Chiefs.  He helped guide the Chiefs to the AFC West title.
•    In 2008, went 10-5 as a starter with the Patriots after Tom Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener. He passed for 3,693 yards and 21 touchdowns.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    Cassel’s mother, Barbara, is an Emmy-winning set decorator in Hollywood.  His late father, Greg, was a script writer.
•    His wife, Lauren, was a captain of the Southern Cal volleyball team that won the 2002 national title.
•    Cassel played in the 1994 Little League World Series on the Northridge, Calif., team.  He went on to play a season of baseball at Southern Cal and was selected in the 36th round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft by the Oakland Athletics.
•    Cassel’s older brother, Jack, pitched for the Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians and San Diego Padres. His younger brother, Justin, was a pitcher in the Chicago White Sox organization.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Northridge, Calif., native was originally selected by the New England Patriots in the seventh round (230th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft.
•    Traded from New England to the Kansas City Chiefs along with Mike Vrabel in exchange for a 2009 second-round draft choice on Feb. 28, 2009.
•    Released by Kansas City on March 14, 2013.
•    Signed by the Minnesota Vikings on March 15, 2013.
•    Traded from Minnesota to the Buffalo Bills along with a 2015 sixth-round draft choice in exchange for a 2015 fifth-round pick and a 2016 seventh-round pick on March 10, 2015.
•    Released by the Bills on Sept. 5, 2015 and re-signed by the Bills on Sept. 8, 2015.
•    Traded from Buffalo to the Dallas Cowboys along with a 2017 seventh-round draft choice for a 2017 fifth-round pick on Sept. 22, 2015.
•    Signed by the Titans as an unrestricted free agent on March 10, 2016.

COLLEGE:
•    Played in 25 career games at Southern Cal as a backup to Heisman Trophy winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart.  Trojans won back-to-back national titles in 2003 and 2004.  
•    Saw some time at tight end as a junior.  
•    Saw action in career-high 10 games as a sophomore.  Earned USC’s Howard Jones/Football Alumni Club Academic Award for the upperclassman with the highest GPA.  
•    Played a season of baseball in 2004, going 0-1 as a starting pitcher for the Trojans.
•    Graduated in 2004 with a degree in communications and business.

PERSONAL:  
•    He and his wife, Lauren, have four children.
•    As a senior at Chatsworth (Calif.) High School, completed 137 of 261 passes for 2,020 yards with 14 touchdowns and five interceptions to go with 115 carries for 252 yards with 11 touchdowns.
•    Helped Chatsworth win the Los Angeles City baseball title in 1999 while hitting .390 with three home runs and 29 RBIs as a first and third baseman.
•    Has worked with Shadow Buddies program, a charity that makes condition-specific dolls for children’s hospitals.
•    Family lost its home in the 1994 Northridge, Calif., earthquake.
•    Born Matthew Brennan Cassel on May 17, 1982 in Northridge, Calif.
 
Passing
YearTeamGAttCompPctAtt/GYdsAvgYds/GTDTD%IntInt%Lng20+40+SckSckYRate
TOTAL 105 2,666 1,571 58.9 25.4 17,449 6.5 166.2 104 3.9 81 3 79 210 32 209 1,144 78.8
2017 TEN 2 42 25 59.5 21 162 3.9 81 1 2.4 2 4.8 17 0 0 8 30 55.9
2016 TEN 4 51 30 58.8 12.8 284 5.6 71 2 3.9 2 3.9 50 3 1 5 23 71
2015 DAL 8 204 119 58.3 25.5 1,276 6.3 159.5 5 2.5 7 3.4 51 13 2 14 86 70.6
2015 BUF 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 MIN 3 71 41 57.7 23.7 425 6 141.7 3 4.2 4 5.6 28 5 0 6 39 65.8
2013 MIN 9 254 153 60.2 28.2 1,807 7.1 200.8 11 4.3 9 3.5 79T 26 5 16 85 81.6
2012 KC 9 277 161 58.1 30.8 1,796 6.5 199.6 6 2.2 12 4.3 46 24 1 19 101 66.7
2011 KC 9 269 160 59.5 29.9 1,713 6.4 190.3 10 3.7 9 3.3 52T 21 5 22 120 76.6
2010 KC 15 450 262 58.2 30 3,116 6.9 207.7 27 6 7 1.6 75T 40 4 26 182 93
2009 KC 15 493 271 55 32.9 2,924 5.9 194.9 16 3.2 16 3.2 61 37 8 42 243 69.9
2008 NE 16 516 327 63.4 32.3 3,693 7.2 230.8 21 4.1 11 2.1 76T 37 6 47 219 89.4
2007 NE 6 7 4 57.1 1.2 38 5.4 6.3 0 -- 1 14.3 21 1 0 0 0 32.7
2006 NE 6 8 5 62.5 1.3 32 4 5.3 0 -- 0 -- 10 0 0 3 15 70.8
2005 NE 2 24 13 54.2 12 183 7.6 91.5 2 8.3 1 4.2 36 3 0 1 1 89.4
Rushing
YearTeamGAttAtt/GYdsAvgYds/GTDLng1st1st%20+40+FUM
TOTAL 105 266 2.5 1,012 3.8 9.6 5 24 63 23.7 3 0 23
2017 TEN 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2016 TEN 4 4 1 3 0.8 0.8 0 3 0 -- 0 0 0
2015 DAL 8 15 1.9 78 5.2 9.8 0 24 4 26.7 1 0 2
2015 BUF 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 MIN 3 9 3 18 2 6 0 13 1 11.1 0 0 2
2013 MIN 9 18 2 57 3.2 6.3 1 13 3 16.7 0 0 1
2012 KC 9 27 3 145 5.4 16.1 1 21 12 44.4 1 0 3
2011 KC 9 25 2.8 99 4 11 0 11 5 20 0 0 1
2010 KC 15 33 2.2 125 3.8 8.3 0 23 5 15.2 1 0 1
2009 KC 15 50 3.3 189 3.8 12.6 0 13 6 12 0 0 9
2008 NE 16 73 4.6 270 3.7 16.9 2 19 23 31.5 0 0 2
2007 NE 6 4 0.7 12 3 2 1 15T 1 25 0 0 1
2006 NE 6 2 0.3 4 2 0.7 0 5 1 50 0 0 0
2005 NE 2 6 3 12 2 6 0 9 2 33.3 0 0 1
Receiving
YearTeamGRecYdsAvgYds/GLongTD20+40+1stFUM
TOTAL 105 1 -4 -4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 TEN 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2016 TEN 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 DAL 8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 BUF 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 MIN 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 MIN 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 KC 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 KC 9 1 -4 -4 -0.4 -4 0 0 0 0 0
2010 KC 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 KC 15 0 0 -- -- -- 0 0 0 0 0
2008 NE 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007 NE 6 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 NE 6 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 NE 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 105 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
2017 TEN 2 1 1 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2016 TEN 4 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 DAL 8 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 BUF 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 MIN 3 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 MIN 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2012 KC 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2011 KC 9 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 KC 15 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 KC 15 4 4 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2008 NE 16 2 2 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2007 NE 6 0 -- -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 NE 6 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 NE 2 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Fumbles
YearTeamGFUMLostFFOWN FROPP FROWN YDSOPP YDSTDOOBSftyTB
TOTAL 105 55 21 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 TEN 2 2 2 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 0 0
2016 TEN 4 1 0 -- 1 -- 0 -- -- 0 0 0
2015 DAL 8 4 0 -- 3 -- 0 -- -- 0 0 0
2015 BUF 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 MIN 3 3 0 -- 2 -- 0 -- -- 0 0 0
2013 MIN 9 3 1 0 1 -- 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2012 KC 9 9 7 0 1 -- 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2011 KC 9 5 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 0 0
2010 KC 15 3 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 0 0
2009 KC 15 14 3 0 4 -- 0 -- -- 0 0 0
2008 NE 16 7 4 0 2 -- 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2007 NE 6 1 0 -- 1 -- 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2006 NE 6 1 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 0 0
2005 NE 2 2 0 -- 1 -- 0 -- -- 0 0 0
Punting
YearTeamGPuntsYdsNet YdsLngAvgNet AvgBlkOOBDnIN 20TBFCRetRetYTD
TOTAL 105 1 57 57 57 57 57 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
2017 TEN 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2016 TEN 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 DAL 8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 BUF 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 MIN 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 MIN 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 KC 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 KC 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 KC 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 KC 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 NE 16 1 57 57 57 57 57 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
2007 NE 6 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 NE 6 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 NE 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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