Finding the next Cassel not easy

Originally Published: September 1, 2009
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

A year ago at this time, Matt Cassel looked like a quarterback who might be without a job instead of one who was eventually named the Patriots' franchise player.

In the preseason, Cassel was 19-for-34 with no touchdowns and one interception. He struggled so much that there were rumblings that the Patriots might have to find a new backup to Tom Brady. One quarter into the season, however, Brady went down with a knee injury, and Cassel established himself as an NFL starter by winning 11 games.

So ...

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