Matt Cassel Settles For Backup Role With Minnesota Vikings

By Devin O'Barr
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When Joe Webb took the field for the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC  Wild Card game versus the Green Bay Packers, the whole team knew they were doomed. With Christian Ponder heading into his third NFL season, the Vikings have made a move to improve the play at backup quarterback by signing former Kansas City Chief Matt Cassel.

After the Buffalo Bills released Ryan Fitzpatrick I thought that Cassel would’ve fit perfectly with them, but the Vikings struck first by giving the former All-Pro a deal. Cassel is going to be backing up for the first time since his days with the New England Patriots in 2007. The Chiefs thought they had a steal when they signed him n 2008 as he led the Pats to a 10-5 record when Tom Brady tore his ACL in the first game of the season.

During his tenure in Kansas City, Cassel was inconsistent to say the least, but fans will always remember his incredible 2010 season that featured 27 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. After taking home All-Pro honors in 2010, he played in 18 of a possible 32 games, which definitely hindered the Chiefs’ productivity. Although he has the ability to be a starter in this league, his inability to stay healthy is what kept teams like Buffalo weary enough not to pull the trigger.

I think the move to Minnesota is good for Cassel as fans still aren’t sold on Ponder, who missed the Vikings’ biggest game last season due to injury. This time the club will be prepared if their starter goes down, but to think that Ponder isn’t going to be the starter on opening day is foolish.

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