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Cowboys expect QB Cassel to take more chances

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Brandon Weeden was too cautious and the struggling team now needs a quarterback to take more chances.

Jones said he expects next week’s starting quarterback, Matt Cassel, will take those chances for the 2-3 Cowboys.

“I think he’s also got experience in basically just stepping up in the pocket and making some plays,” Jones said of Cassel. “Now, he will, with that experience though, do something that Weeden was not doing. Weeden was so conservative, he was coached to be conservative to a degree, but he was not taking chances with that ball. Now, we know you can’t make plays if you don’t take some chances. So, we’ll see more of that. We could see the risk of that hit us a little bit, but hopefully we’ll be getting our share of them over on the defense with this group we’ve got.”

Coach Jason Garrett confirmed Wednesday that Cassel will take over for Weeden at quarterback when the Cowboys, coming off their bye week, face the New York Giants on Oct. 25.

The Cowboys are winless in three games without Tony Romo as their starting quarterback.

Weeden started three games after Romo went down with a broken collarbone, completing 64 of 91 passes for 666 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Cassell was acquired in late September from the Buffalo Bills in a trade. He has more experience than Weeden, with 96 touchdown passes, 70 interceptions and 15,727 yards passing over 10 seasons.


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