Thursday, June 13, 2013
Caldwell on QB Kafka: A legitimate chance
By Paul Kuharsky
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have no clear No. 1 quarterback, though I still believe Blaine Gabbert’s going to wind up their best option at the start.
Mike Kafka didn’t work in team drills Wednesday, his first session with the Jaguars since they claimed him off waivers from New England after the Patriots let him go to make room for Tim Tebow.
But Kafka, 25, will get a fair crack at more than a backup job with a team that is preaching competition and giving everyone at virtually every position a chance.
General manager Dave Caldwell said he considered Kafka early in the offseason, but the quarterback already had committed to the Patriots.
In 2011, when Caldwell was part of the Falcons front office, he saw the best of Kafka’s limited NFL work. Michael Vick got hurt, Kafka took over for him and the Eagles and hit on 7-of-9 passes for 72 yards in a game Philadelphia lost 35-31.
Caldwell said Kafka’s got “just as good an opportunity” to win the job as Gabbert, Chad Henne or undrafted rookie Matt Scott.
Kafka said very little in a media session I had to miss but got a transcript of. He’s happy to be here and excited for the opportunity.
Jordan Rodgers is also on the team. He's out until camp after recent sports-hernia surgery.
The Jaguars are one of only two teams currently in the NFL with five quarterbacks on the roster. The other is Philadelphia.