AFC East: Mike Kafka

AFC East quarterback allocation

March, 28, 2013
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Quarterback is undoubtedly the most important position in the NFL. Teams are made and lost based on the success of their offensive leaders. We’ve seen that difference over and over again in the AFC East with Tom Brady, who kept the New England Patriots on top of the division for much of the past dozen years.

NFC West blogger Mike Sando provided this unique look at the quarterback position. He ranked all the teams’ quarterback situations based on the allocation of salary-cap money at that position.

Here is how much cap room AFC East teams are spending on the quarterback position in 2013:
A lot stands out with these figures. Obviously, something is very wrong with the Jets having the AFC East's most expensive quarterback situation. The Jets have a lot of quarterbacks. Mark Sanchez, David Garrard, Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms are all under contract in 2013. All are highly questionable for various reasons, and there’s a good chance another quarterback will be thrown in the mix via the NFL draft. So expect a lot of change between now and September.

The Patriots are in good shape. They have Brady, Ryan Mallett and Mike Kafka tying up $15.2 million of the cap this year, but it's worth it. New England gets elite production out of Brady and Mallett is a good, young backup. Kafka is the third quarterback and might not make the 53-man roster.

The Dolphins are getting a lot of bang for their buck. Ryan Tannehill was a 2012 first-round pick, but the rookie wage scale has kept salaries manageable. Tannehill still has something to prove but showed solid flashes as a rookie. Matt Moore is one of the best backups in the NFL, and Pat Devlin is another young quarterback Miami likes. The Dolphins have a good quarterback corps at an affordable price.

And it's no surprise the Bills are bringing up the rear with $2.7 million spent on quarterbacks. They only have journeyman Tarvaris Jackson and Aaron Corp on the roster (and no, we're not including Brad Smith in the QB accounting). That number will go up when Buffalo invests a high draft pick on a quarterback next month.

Rapid Reaction: Eagles 24, Jets 14

September, 1, 2011
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WHAT IT MEANS: The Jets finished the preseason at 2-2 after a sloppy, 24-14 loss to the Eagles on Thursday night at MetLife Stadium. Our advice: Erase those numbers from your memory because they don't matter anymore; it's time to focus on the season opener against the Cowboys. The only significant development from the annual Backup Bowl was a potentially serious thumb injury for rookie QB Greg McElroy, the Jets' No. 3.

QUARTERBACK ISSUES: With Mark Sanchez resting and Mark Brunell recovering from a pulled calf, the Jets started McElroy -- and he didn't make it past the second quarter. McElroy left the game after injuring the thumb on his throwing hand; he appeared to bang it on the helmet of right guard Matt Kroul on a follow-through. One preliminary report said McElroy dislocated his thumb, which would mean a long-term injury. The team didn't provide an immediate diagnosis.

Rex Ryan has said he expects Brunell to be ready for the opener, but it's still a precarious situation, considering Brunell missed all four preseason games and a lot of practice time. If something were to happen to Sanchez, they'd be in big trouble. One move that makes sense is re-signing Kellen Clemens -- assuming he's released by the Redskins. He knows the Jets' system and would be able to play in an emergency.

PHILLY'S QB ISSUES: Naturally, Michael Vick -- the $100 million man -- didn't play. His backup, Vince Young, pulled a hamstring just before halftime and didn't return. In came third-stringer Mike Kafka, who was drilled by linebacker Mattias Berning in the third quarter and nearly came out of the game. They have no other quarterbacks, so it would've been interesting if Kafka hadn’t been able to return. Andy Reid probably would’ve used the Wing-T before using Vick.

DREW WHO?: McElroy was replaced by fourth-stringer Drew Willy, an NFL journeyman who has bounced around on a few practice squads. He also played in the UFL. Willy did well for himself, throwing a 14-yard touchdown to rookie receiver Scotty McKnight on his first pass. Not bad, huh? Willy showed some mobility, running for his life on a few occasions. Willy was going to be released Friday or Saturday; maybe he earned an extended stay.

WOE-LINE: The Jets started their second-team offensive line and it was ugly. McElroy was under heavy pressure from the outset, suffering two sacks in the first quarter. That he got hurt on a freakish play was stunning, considering the pounding he took. Right tackle Vladimir Ducasse was a mess, committing three penalties -- two false starts and one holding (declined).

Clearly, the depth is a problem on the offensive line, with backup center/guard Rob Turner (leg) is down for at least two months. GM Mike Tannenbaum needs to get on the horn and bring in an experienced backup.

RUNNING IN PLACE: The coaching staff was hoping to see some big things from backup running backs Joe McKnight and rookie Bilal Powell, but they did virtually nothing -- a combined total of 10 rushing yards. Worse, McKnight lost a fumble, conjuring up memories of his mistake-prone preseason in 2010. So much for McKnight’s positive momentum.

POSITIVE AUDITIONS: Rex Ryan said they went into the game with three roster spots still up for grabs. Three defensive players helped their chances -- cornerback Ellis Lankster (67-yard interception return for a TD), outside linebacker Aaron Maybin (1.5 sacks) and rookie linebacker Nick Bellore. Outside linebacker Eddie Jones also flashed some potential. Ryan will have some difficult decisions to make at linebacker.

No one on offense really stood out, but rookie tight end Josh Baker showed some pass-catching ability and versatility. Baker, an H-Back in college, also lined up as a fullback. The Jets have only one fullback on the roster, John Conner, who is nursing a sprained ankle.

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