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Patriots take a flier on Mike Kafka

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One of the first items of business for teams when their seasons end is to sign guys to future contracts for the following year, usually their practice squaders.

The Patriots did a bit of that business as well, but threw in a quarterback who might still have some potential as a backup.

They signed former Eagles fourth-rounder Mike Kafka, who was lost in the shuffle when the Eagles drafted Nick Foles. Kafka played in four games as a rookie, but was released by the Eagles before the start of the regular season and didn’t sign with anyone this year.

Kafka had a workout with the Steelers last season when they were running out of bodies, but was never signed.

The Patriots also signed former Browns defensive end Marcus Benard, along with five of their practice squaders, running back James Develin, wide receivers Jeremy Ebert and Andre Holmes, defensive lineman Tracy Robertson and linebacker Jeff Tarpinian.

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26 Responses to “Patriots take a flier on Mike Kafka”
  1. godofwine330 says: Jan 24, 2013 11:24 AM

    If the Patriots turn Marcus Benard into a quality player I swear by *** and sonny ***** you will all visit the infirmary.

    I was against his release last year. He led us in sacks 3 years ago but fell out of favor with the new regime. SMH. And don’t delete this, you have to be able to allow a Shawshank quote every now and again.

  2. mazblast says: Jan 24, 2013 11:36 AM

    This is important, because the Patriots use their backup QB so much.

  3. aberystwyth2 says: Jan 24, 2013 11:43 AM

    Good now they can trade Ryan Mallet to the Chiefs!

  4. bobonmycob says: Jan 24, 2013 11:44 AM

    who cares? I almost fell asleep reading this article. The name “Mike Kafka” caused one eye to close.

  5. dalucks says: Jan 24, 2013 11:44 AM

    Besides being a great coach, Bill Bellichek is always trying to improve the roster.

  6. tyler4richardson says: Jan 24, 2013 11:51 AM

    About time they got a real QB.

  7. justwannawinna says: Jan 24, 2013 12:09 PM

    Ryan Mallet has show no signs of being good or even worth the 3rd round pick he was taken with. So stop with the Mallet for a high pick, theres a reason no one wanted him, his only pros are good arm and big body, he was shown no signs of good accuracy or ability to read defenses well.

  8. rc33 says: Jan 24, 2013 12:11 PM

    Has this guy got any game, Philly fans? I vaguely remember him.
    They need to trade Mallett for his own good. He must be going nuts watching stiffs like Locker & Gabbard get playing time while he can’t get a shot due to circumstances. Lots of other young QB’s getting their opportunity; he deserves one too. Lord knows he’s got the size and the arm many GM’s are looking for.

  9. jagsfan1 says: Jan 24, 2013 12:11 PM

    and the Brady succession plan begins…

  10. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: Jan 24, 2013 12:15 PM

    Does Kafka also turn into a roach and scuttle away like Billichick when he loses?

  11. wamj2008 says: Jan 24, 2013 12:21 PM

    Prepare for the metamorphosis of the Pats offense.

  12. ras1tafari says: Jan 24, 2013 12:24 PM

    The Pats need to figure out how to get Bernard Pollard on their team so he can’t destroy another season.

  13. godzilla111111 says: Jan 24, 2013 12:25 PM

    Is this a stab at Metamorphisis? What a Trial.

  14. unbreakable02215 says: Jan 24, 2013 12:28 PM

    Mallet’s not going anywhere. McDaniels loves
    him and he MAY have the strongest arm in the
    NFL.

  15. brohamma says: Jan 24, 2013 12:44 PM

    justwannawinna says:Jan 24, 2013 12:09 PM

    Ryan Mallet has show no signs of being good or even worth the 3rd round pick he was taken with. So stop with the Mallet for a high pick, theres a reason no one wanted him, his only pros are good arm and big body, he was shown no signs of good accuracy or ability to read defenses well
    ——————————————–

    One word.. FALSE

  16. brohamma says: Jan 24, 2013 12:56 PM

    These types of moves are what helps the Patriots be in the top five, year-after-year, in projections. It only takes one of these guys to step-in and make an impact for the word “paydirt” to be used.

    Benard could definately be one of those players and do not forget that Jake Ballard will be coming of the PUP soon.

  17. paulz624 says: Jan 24, 2013 1:00 PM

    From all the talk about their being no QB on the Chiefs roster that they like, i cant understad why Reid didnt jump on him since he knows more about him then anyone else, it can only mean two things, either Reid doesnt think highly of him, or Bilichick beat Reid to the punch, which being an Eagles fan, i seen happen a few times before between those two.

  18. azarkhan says: Jan 24, 2013 1:06 PM

    justwannawinna says: Ryan Mallet has show no signs of being good or even worth the 3rd round pick he was taken with….

    And you know this based on the huge number of passing attempts he had in 2012? BTW, he only had four (4) passing attempts. LOL

  19. brownoholic says: Jan 24, 2013 1:13 PM

    Lot of rumors of Browns trying to get Mallett.

  20. jnbnet says: Jan 24, 2013 1:26 PM

    ras1tafari says:
    Jan 24, 2013 12:24 PM
    The Pats need to figure out how to get Bernard Pollard on their team so he can’t destroy another season.

    ===========================
    No need to bother with Pollard. The “karma” you guys keep talking about will be paying him a vist.

  21. janvanflac says: Jan 24, 2013 1:28 PM

    Kafka played very well in one game and poorly in another as a rookie. Got hurt in preseason and Trent Edwards beat him for the last spot. He’s smart and reads defenses well but doesn’t have a great arm.

  22. ampats says: Jan 24, 2013 2:04 PM

    justwannawinna,

    Unless you are at the practices everyday,your statement makes no sense. Mallet in every mention by Brady is how much he has grown and has looked decent in preseason. Furthermore, Mike Lombardi has a crush on him and said he was the best QB from the draft two years ago. Lombardi’s son is also an assistant on the Patriots staff.I can see the Patriots trading Mallet to Cleveland for some good value.

  23. ampats says: Jan 24, 2013 2:06 PM

    brownoholic,

    Would love to see the Pats flip 1st round picks since the Brown’s don’t own a two and throw in another draft pick for Mallet. The Pats aren’t letting him go for less than a two.

  24. CKL says: Jan 24, 2013 3:55 PM

    godofwine330 says: Jan 24, 2013 11:24 AM

    If the Patriots turn Marcus Benard into a quality player I swear by *** and sonny ***** you will all visit the infirmary.
    ______________________________
    Let me make you feel better. As a Pats fan, I grit my teeth whenever I see Jeremy Mincey wreaking havoc for Jax.

    Maybe if Kafka is good, they will sign him to an exi-stension. :D

  25. thelastpieceofcheese says: Jan 24, 2013 6:33 PM

    Mike Kaka is the future of the Patriots

  26. patssteelersorgiants says: Jan 25, 2013 1:38 AM

    I remember Reid saying he thought Kafka was the answer before he got Vick and Foles. Maybe the Pats can use him to spike slide Pollard next AFC championship game.

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