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Jags G.M.: Kafka has a chance to win starting job

Mike Kafka

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mike Kafka throws a pass during NFL football minicamp, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)


In case you were wondering how the league’s feeblest quarterback competition was going, consider this.

Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell was asked to assess the chances of Mike Kafka, who was claimed off waivers this week from the Patriots, and hasn’t taken a snap of work in team drills with his new club yet.

He replied that Kafka had “just as good an opportunity” to win the starting job as Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne or undrafted rookie Matt Scott, via Paul Kuharsky of

While that’s a recognition that the 25-year-old Kafka has some skills, it’s also a tacit admission that they haven’t been blown away with Gabbert or Henne.

It’s one thing to have an open competition, but the fact a guy can walk in off the street and be on equal footing with a former first-round pick speaks volumes.

Of course, that first-round pick was made by someone other than Caldwell, so draft status doesn’t matter to him, and it shouldn’t.