With the New England Patriots decision to sign the ever-popular Tim Tebow, the release of the quarterback who is yielding Tebow’s roster spot has gone under the radar. Yesterday, the Patriots cut former Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Mike Kafka, who is a heady Northwestern product with plenty of accuracy and good awareness. Kafka, however, doesn’t have much in terms of arm strength and is just a great, check-down backup.
The Patriots also decided to release undrafted free agent defensive tackle Dewayne Cherrington, who was a big DT signed out of Mississippi State. Since the Pats worked out Sedrick Ellis and another veteran DT in Spencer Johnson, the smart bet is that the Patriots sign one of those two defensive tackles and get more experience and a guy who can make the 53-man roster.
After those two moves, the Patriots are now at 88 players on the roster, with Tebow occupying the most recent spot. Kafka would have only received playing time if Tom Brady was injured and Ryan Mallett just flat-out sucked. Those two scenarios combined is almost impossible to envision, so the Pats decided that their third quarterback on the roster would be someone who can provide some versatility instead of just being depth on the roster.