Mike Kafka has a chance to start at QB for Jaguars

Jaguars GM says Mike Kafka has shot at starting QB job

6/13/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Mike Kafka has a chance to start at QB for JaguarsWhen quarterback Mike Kafka was claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he was considered a long shot to make the 53-man roster. Just two days later, however, Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell told reporters that Kafka has "just as good an opportunity" to win the starting quarterback job as Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne, or Matt Scott.

Kafka's NFL experience is limited, to say the least - he has thrown just 16 passes in regular season games since being selected in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. However, Caldwell saw nine of those pass attempts when he was working in the front office for the Atlanta Falcons. Michael Vick got hurt during an Eagles/Falcons game back in 2011, and Kafka was called on to lead the offense. He completed 7-of-9 passes for 72 yards as the Eagles lost 35-31.

Caldwell claims that he wanted to sign Kafka earlier in the offseason, but the quarterback had already committed to the New England Patriots. When the Patriots signed Tim Tebow, they made space by waiving Kafka, allowing the Jaguars to pick him up.

The chances of Kafka actually winning the starting job are very slim, but the fact that Caldwell even said he has a shot is a testament to the Jaguars' quarterback situation. Blaine Gabbert looks like nothing more than a draft bust, and the regime that drafted him has since been replaced, so no coach or GM is going to have any reason to put his neck on the line while Gabbert struggles. Henne has proven time and time again that he is a backup-caliber signal caller. Matt Scott, while very talented, is extremely raw and is likely years away from being realistically considered as a starting option.

The Jaguars' quarterback competition may come down to the wire, but it won't be as a result of two quarterbacks lighting it up during preseason action. It will more so be a decision made based on who struggles the least.
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