If you believe new Jacksonville Jaguars GM David Caldwell, then the Jaguars are prepared to give recently released New England Patriots backup quarterback Mike Kafka a legitimate chance to start. If you don’t believe what Caldwell is saying, then you’ll just chalk it up as “GM speak”. I have a hard time believing that Kafka is ever going to start in this league, but it is possible if Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne, and Matt Scott all flop and Kafka doesn’t flop even worse than those three.
In a press conference, Caldwell said that Kafka has “just as good an opportunity” to start as Scott, Henne, and Gabbert. I buy it, because he said “opportunity”, and there is nothing wrong with the Jaguars trying out all of those guys and seeing if any of them, even Kafka, has what it takes. Now if he said “chance”, then I wouldn’t buy it, because I view Kafka as the “solid career backup” than the guy who is your starting quarterback under center. What is going for Kafka, though, are is intelligence, accuracy, and stability; the other three quarterbacks are up-and-down. But with a weak arm, Kafka provides little upside.
Per Paul Kuharsky at ESPN’s AFC South blog, Caldwell “considered” Mike Kafka earlier in the offseason, but that was presumably right around the time the Patriots signed both Kafka and Marcus Benard to futures contracts in February. It seems like the Jaguars and Kafka have had legitimate, likely mutual interest for some time, and we’ll see what Kafka can do in Jacksonville. It would be interesting to see him start, because that would add stock to a former Patriots player. The Jags are already in mini-Patriot mode after scooping up three recently released New England Patriots players.