Mike Kafka Earning His WingsBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Friday, August 19th, 2011
In a game that featured very few highlights, third-string quarterback Mike Kafka managed to impress his peers and possibly, climb up the depth chart.
Michael Vick had a day to forget. Asante Samuel’s gamble backfired. And both Casey Matthews and Nate Allen looked out of place.
But not Kafka. He put up great numbers – 14 for 19 with 160 yards and two touchdowns — and solidified himself on this Eagles roster.
Now as to where he staked a spot on this roster, that is to be determined. Vince Young wasn’t sharp tonight, completing five of his eight passes but tossing an interception on a bad read. Simply put, Young didn’t do anything to make me say, “Wow, he definitely deserves the No. 2 role.”
On the contrary, Kafka, who ranks second on Northwestern’s all-time total yards list, convinced me that he is more than capable of being the No. 2 quarterback ahead of Young. He has amassed 292 yards through two week, whereas Young has compiled just 79 yards.
More impressive, though, is the fact that Kafka has done all of this with a bunch of guys who are more than likely going to be cut or training with the practice squad this season. Look at tonight’s action; Kafka made Gerald Jones look like a legitimate NFL receiver. Now nothing against Jones, but before tonight’s game, not many people around the area had heard his name or knew of his existence, but all of the sudden, he is becoming a possibility to make the team’s practice squad.
Just imagine how Kafka would look with DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Steve Smith and Jason Avant lining up alongside him. Actually, if that ever were the scenario, it would more than likely mean Vick suffered an injury, which is definitely not what Eagles fans want. But nonetheless, I believe Kafka will be a pretty useful backup quarterback in the NFL, and if anything were to happen to Vick this season, it would be interesting to see which quarterback would strut out onto the field.
The one advantage for Young, however, is that the offensive scheme is built around speed, and with Young having a similar skill set to that of Vick’s (granted it’s far less fine-tuned), the coaching staff is more likely going to hand the reigns to Young rather than Kafka.
So should Kafka be the team’s No. 2 quarterback heading into the season?
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