Print and Go Back ESPN.com: AFC West [Print without images]

Saturday, June 26, 2010
Pressure pointed at Cassel

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. is a spot-on talent evaluator. That’s why I tap into his NFL knowledge at every opportunity.

Cassel
Cassel
In this week’s pressure point feature, Williamson tackles Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel, who is entering his second season with the Chiefs.

Williamson gets to the point quickly. He thinks Cassel needs to get better. Here's a taste:
While he was often under siege behind a poor line, Cassel didn't show the timing and ability to unload the football on time. He struggled under pressure and must improve this area of his game. He also fumbled too much. Cassel is clearly at his best in the shotgun out of the spread, but he must improve under center in order for this offense to become more well rounded and balanced.

Williamson goes on to reason that Cassel, who excelled as Tom Brady’s injury replacement in New England in 2008, has a better supporting cast this year in Kansas City than he had last year, so he is set up to succeed better.

I agree with Williamson’s assessment of Cassel. Still, I do think Cassel will be fine. He showed in New England, he can be effective. Given better tools, I expect to see big improvements in 2010 from the Chiefs’ quarterback.

In other AFC West developments:

Seattle has reportedly waived safety Kevin Ellison because of an existing injury. He was just cut by the Chargers. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Chargers have to give Ellison an injury settlement.

The Chargers’ training camp practices will be, once again, open to the public.