The Jacksonville Jaguars currently have one of the most unsettled quarterback situations in the NFL so it should come as no surprise that they jumped on the opportunity to bring in another arm to compete through the dog days of summer.
Former Philadelphia Eagles fourth-round draft pick Mike Kafka became the fifth quarterback on the Jaguars roster on Tuesday after he was released by the New England Patriots on Monday. Perhaps in a bit of irony, Kafka was released by the Patriots to make room for quarterback Tim Tebow.
The primary competition for the starting quarterback job for the Jaguars this offseason figures to come down to Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne, but Kafka will join undrafted rookies Matt Scott and Jordan Rodgers for a possible role as a developmental backup who the Jaguars staff believes could have some potential to develop into a starter down the road. Kafka figures to get some immediate reps this week in mini-camp as Rodgers continues to miss time as he recovers from hernia surgery.
Kafka was once a promising backup for the Eagles before suffering a broken hand during the 2012 preseason and got passed on the depth chart by Nick Foles and Trent Edwards, leading to his release. The Patriots signed Kafka back in January after spending the entire 2012 regular season out of football. The Dallas Cowboys also put in a waiver claim on Kafka.
The Jaguars released tight end Matt Veldman to make room for Kafka on the 90-man roster. Kafka is the third former Patriots player that the Jaguars have claimed off of waivers this offseason.
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