Are the Jacksonville Jaguars trying to become the mini-New England Patriots? That’s what I saw one fan ask on social media after the Jaguars signed the third former Patriots player this offseason. All three players were promptly scooped up by Jacksonville shortly after their release, and former Patriots third-string quarterback Mike Kafka (since famously replaced by Tim Tebow for versatility reasons) is the first non-DT to head from New England to Jacksonville.
The Jaguars signed defensive tackles Brandon Deaderick and Kyle Love earlier this offseason, and Kafka is the latest addition to the Jaguars haul of Patriots players. Kafka is a quality backup in this league due to his intelligence (I mean, he did go to Northwestern), his great accuracy, and he has some athleticism. However, Kafka was not in a position to make the Patriots 53-man roster and will almost certainly never be a starting quarterback in this league due to his lack of arm strength. He’s a good backup to have and should make Jacksonville’s 53-man roster, but Kafka won’t get the starting gig, unless if the Jags quarterback situation is that dire.
Kafka is another solid former-Patriots signing for the Jacksonville Jaguars, because he does give the Jags another option and brings a stable backup into the fold for the Jaguars. They already beefed up on the defensive line by adding Love and Deaderick from the Patriots scrap heap, and a QB is the latest signing.