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Patriots Work Out Free Agent QB Mike Kafka

In what looks to be an attempt to place a security blanket behind number two quarterback Ryan Mallet, the New England Patriots have worked out former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mike Kafka.

Kafka was cut by the Eagles when the team had to cut the roster down to the league limit of 53 players. Coming into the preseason, Kafka was the number two quarterback behind Mike Vick until he broke his non-throwing hand in an exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. This led to him losing his number two spot to rookie Nick Foles and eventually led to him being cut.

In the two games played last season in due to an injury to Vick, Kafka went 11/16 for 107 yards. He threw no touchdowns and two interceptions.  Although these numbers are not the greatest in the world, Kafka has shown enough talent to draw interest from other teams out there.

Working out Kafka comes as a surprise as the Patriots recently cut Brian Hoyer, the team’s previous number two quarterback. While Kafka may be better prepared to replace Tom Brady on the field, Hoyer had knowledge of the offense and how it’s been run.  A guy like Kafka might not be a better fit in the long run.

It’s no definite that New England will proceed to sign Kafka to the team, but working him out may show that they are not one-hundred percent sure in Mallett as the definite back up to Brady.  There is a good chance this won’t happen but it does give an outlook into how the team feels about Mallet.