When Matt Cassel signed with the Minnesota Vikings earlier this year, it was assumed that Cassel would serve strictly as a backup and to provide competition with starting quarterback Christian Ponder.
Cassel, a player who has endured quite the roller-coaster career since being drafted out of the University of Southern California, provides the Vikings with an experienced quarterback who could end up making a play for the starting job if things deteriorate for Ponder.
As it stands right now, the role of starter and backup couldn't be any clearer. Christian Ponder is the starter and Matt Cassel is the backup.
But after unexpectedly reaching the playoffs last season and bringing in a crop of fresh talent to help better the team this offseason, expectations for the franchise have been set incredibly high.
While most Vikings fans—myself included—want to see Ponder break out and thrive this season, we all realize that nothing is guaranteed. There's always a chance Cassel could end up landing the starting gig at some point during the year.
With all of that being said, start the slideshow below and take a look at five reasons why Matt Cassel could end up replacing Christian Ponder this season.