KEEVEN KUATE a.k.a. DJ KEY
As a writer, I do have free time for other things like fantasy football, and I am going to brag and say I'm in first place in my money league. I had the 4th pick and picked Tom Brady and that did not go too well, as I started 0-2, but I have won 9 straight and made a late season trade where I gave up Braylon Edwards for Matt Cassell, and I have been enjoying his services, and looking forward to him throwing for 400 yards every week for the rest of the season, at least I hope he will. But now, let's not talk about fantasy sports and talk about what these past two weeks mean for Mr. Matt Cassell.
He was known for being Tom Brady's backup and Week one, the unthinkable happened, Tom Brady went down...for the season. Here comes Matt Cassell who had not started a game since high school (He was a back up at USC all four years. I played high school football and you don't see me starting in the NFL).
He hit the lottery during Weeks 11 and 12, let's look at what i mean:
Week 11 - Matt Cassell comes back down 18 to the Jets and throws his third touchdown pass with :01 left in regulation (something number 12 would do). Stats: 400 yards, three TDs, zero INTs. Not bad, could be a fluke though...
Matt decides to show the nation that it was not a fluke the following week, today against the Miami Dolphins. (I actually benched him this week to start Kyle Orton on my fantasy team, as he was playing the Rams, and I have first place locked already)
Week 12 - Matt Cassell makes Randy Moss relevant again throwing three touchdowns all to him this time. This was much due, has he had only 8 touchdown receptions all season going into this game. This time he gets his victory, unlike Week 11 and earlier this season when the Patriots got torched by Miami, sorry I mean, Ronnie Brown for five touchdowns. Stats: 415 yards, four TDs (one rushing), one INT.
What is this even relevant you ask?
Let me tell you why, Tom Brady, who is scheduled to be back at his old form by the start of the 2009 season, who has three Super Bowls, two Super Bowl MVP, and perfect 16-0 season, and is a sure first-ballot Hall of Famer will most likely get his starting job back. However, many NFL teams, with big bankrolls would love to have Matt Cassell to anchor their offense.
However, I don't want to sound crazy but, the Patriots are back as a team who could win the Super Bowl this year...with Matt Cassell and not Brady what happens then? That's for a different article, for right now the Patriots are 7-4, one game back behind the Jets, and looking great.
I guess being a backup for so long and watching and learning from two Heisman trophy winners and a future Hall-of-Famer, helped a lot. I cannot wait for what he does for the Patriots in the playoffs and for my fantasy team (I had to say that!)
If all goes well for him, these teams will look to seek him via trade or free agency as his contract ends this year with the Patriots:
Here's my top five destinations for Matt Cassell, if he does not stay in New England after this year (in parentheses states the current starter for that respective franchise)
5. Seattle Seahawks (Matt Hasselbeck)
4. Philadelphia Eagles (Kevin Kolb, as McNabb got benched today)
3. Chicago Bears (Kyle Orton)
2. San Francisco 49ers (Shaun Hill)
1. Minnesota Vikings (Gus Frerotte)
Christmas came early for Matt Cassell, expect a big contract for him. Oh, and by the way, Matt Cassell, if you are reading this, give me a call, I'd love to be your agent, I knew you had it in you, gave up my second round pick for your services on my fantasy team!