The New England Patriots were reportedly interested in Mike Kafka, a backup quarterback on the free agent market after passing waivers who has a skill-set that is similar to released backup Brian Hoyer. According to a source close to the Boston Herald, the Pats are working out Kafka today.
An extremely accurate quarterback who can succeed in the right scheme as a No. 2 QB, Dan Persa’s predecessor at Northwestern (was waiting to throw that reference together) is one of the most intelligent quarterbacks in the game. However, he has a weak arm and is thus limited by scheme.
Still, Kafka is one of the better backup quarterbacks in the business and is a better QB than Hoyer, who was overrated by the big guns in the media hyping him up after a few good preseasons in the past. Hoyer is a capable backup, but Kafka is, in all honesty, better- and cheaper. If he wasn’t better, then why would the Patriots look at him after releasing Hoyer? Because he’s one year younger? Yeah, I don’t think so either.
In any case, Kafka would make a great No. 3 to Ryan Mallett as the primary backup after winning the job over Hoyer this offseason. Mallett has upside, but it’s good to have insurance should the worst possible scenario transpire. Kafka has run into bad luck recently after losing his backup job to rising rookie Nick Foles (he looked terrific against the Pats), but a large part of that was due to breaking his left, non-throwing hand.
It will be interesting to see what the Patriots have gleaned from Kafka, who isn’t at full strength. It’s an interesting scenario, and something could get done if the Pats do indeed feel like Kafka presents enough of an upgrade over the QB they previously had, Hoyer. I honestly think he is, and the Patriots should give him a shot if he looks good and is affordably priced.
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