With little in the off season concerning the wide receiver corps, I knew that Matt Cassel wouyld have to rely heavily on his running back and tight end groups. Only 28.5% of Matt Cassel's completions, 42, have gone to wideouts Chris Cambers and Dwayne Bowe. I still consider Dexter McCluster as a running back until I see more production out of the slot, and I believe most or if not all of his catches came from him lined up in the backfield. Here is the breakdown of the percentages between his corp of receivers:
- 28.5% caught by "true" wideouts Bowe and Chambers with 7 and 5 respectively.
- 28.5% caught by TE Tony Moeaki with 12 catches for 123 yards and 2 TD's.
- 43% caught by RB's Tim Castille, Jamaal Charle, Dexter McCluster and Thomas Jones with 6-23, 5-92, 5-78-1, and 2-6 respectively
- Matt Cassel has thrown for 494 yards with 25% to TE, 35% to WR, and 40% to RB/FB. That which makes the TE/Rb combo add to 65% of yards passed
- Cassel has thrown 4 TD's, 3 of which have came from TE/RB
So in all, 71% and 75% of Cassel's completions and TD's have come from the tight end and running backs. As you may have noticed, in the first 2 games there wasn't an abundent amount of screens. That hurt Cassel and came under alot of fire from fans. It's no coincidence that those games were close and the Kansas City Chiefs blew out the 49ers when they started to utilize the backs with screen's and flat routes.
If Cassel is going to be productive, he is going to have to lean on the backs and Moeaki until the defense cheats and brings up their coverages. The WR's will have one on one matchups more consistently and we will bve more complete. Whether or not Cassel can hit those receivers downfield is a whole 'nother post...