The trickle-down effects of the Tom Brady injury are already being felt, as Brady’s collapsing knee has all but ensured the demise of one of the more unusually impressive streaks in sports. Backup Matt Cassel — who replaced Brady and led the Pats to a 17-10 win over Kansas City — has managed to become the #2 quarterback for (arguably) the top franchise in professional football despite not having started a game at the position since high school (it’s sort of a bizarro Brett Favre streak). Cassel was the understudy to Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart for four years at USC, and is now in his fourth year with the Pats.
Cassel threw more passes on Sunday (18) than he had in the last two seasons combined (15). As a reward for his unwavering commitment to the game and all the hard work he’s put in over the years to get his chance to shine, the Pats are bringing in just about anyone they can scrounge up for a workout, hopeful of keeping the non-start streak in tact.