Jaguars add fifth quarterback, claiming Mike Kafka off waivers from Patriots
On Tuesday they added another young player to the mix by claiming quarterback Mike Kafka, a day after he was put on waivers by the New England Patriots .
Kafka is the fourth former Patriots player who has found a new home with the Jaguars in recent weeks. The 25-year-old Kafka is also the fifth quarterback on the Jaguars’ offseason roster.
The Jaguars have 2011 draft pick Blaine Gabbert and sixth-year pro Chad Henne returning from their quarterbacks group in 2012. However, Kafka’s main competition during training camp is expected to come from undrafted rookies Matt Scott and Jordan Rodgers.
Kafka figures to get immediate reps during minicamp this week with Rodgers expected to miss further offseason workouts while recovering from hernia surgery. Still, there’s really no guarantee that Kafka will win a roster spot with the Jaguars during training camp.
Kafka has not taken a snap since he was with Philadelphia Eagles in 2011. He remained out of football last season after suffering a broken hand in the 2012 preseason and getting surpassed by Nick Foles as well as Trent Edwards on the depth chart, which ultimately led to his release by the Eagles. Although the Patriots signed Kafka in January, they released him to create a roster spot after seeing better prospects with Tim Tebow, who recently signed a two-year deal with the team.
Over the past two years with the Eagles, Kafka has only played in four career games, completing 11 of 16 passes for 107 yards and two interceptions.
At Northwestern, Kafka started 19 games for the Wildcats, including all during his senior year on his way to being named a second-team All-Big Ten selection. He finished his collegiate career at Northwestern throwing for 4,265 passing yards and 19 touchdowns, while also rushing for 887 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns.
The Jaguars waived tight end Matt Veldman on Tuesday to create roster room for Kafka. Veldman missed the entire 2012 season with a knee injury that required surgery, and had returned to practice last week.
The Detroit Lions had also put in a waivers claim on Kafka but the Jaguars had priority.