JACKSONVILLE – When it comes to the NFL,
So, when the Jaguars claimed the third-year quarterback off waivers from the New England Patriots on Tuesday, he did what anyone would do.
He got to Jacksonville in a hurry, and he went to work.
“You just take it one day at a time,” Kafka said Wednesday following the second of three 2013 minicamp practices the Jaguars are holding this week at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields adjacent to EverBank Field. “You take it step-by-step.”
The first step for Kafka was getting a playbook, and working fundamentals. And while minicamp’s end on Thursday marks the end of the veterans’ offseason, Head Coach Gus Bradley said all five quarterbacks now on the roster could be there when training camp begins July 26.
“We’re still discussing that right now,” Bradley said. “There are a couple other teams that have five quarterbacks at this point in time. It’s something we’ll discuss, but it’s not far-fetched.”
Kafka (6-feet-3, 225 pounds), originally selected in the fourth round by the Eagles in the 2010 NFL Draft, has played in four NFL games, completing 11 of 16 passes for 107 yards in two seasons with Philadelphia. He spent the 2012 preseason with Philadelphia and was waived following the preseason.
He signed with the Patriots in January and was waived Monday.
“I’m really thankful to be here, and I’m happy to be here,” Kafka said. “Now, it’s time to get to work. Nothing really surprises me in this league. That (releasing him) was their decision and now I’m happy to be here. I’m looking forward to getting to work.”
VIEW FROM THE OZONE
“It was a challenging practice – very challenging. Both sides of the ball competed extremely hard, and it started with special teams. They set the tone for the whole practice. It was going back and forth. I saw some guys really competing. It was extremely taxing, but that’s what we meant it to be.”
--- Head Coach Gus Bradley
QUOTE OF THE DAY
---Jaguars Quarterback Blaine Gabbert
The Jaguars will hold the third of three 2013 mandatory minicamp practices at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields Thursday at 11 a.m. The session is open to the public.
AROUND THE JAGUARS
*Bradley on cornerback
*Tight end Brent Brackett underwent groin surgery Tuesday, Bradley said. Bradley said Brackett could attend practice Thursday, and should be back for training camp. “That’s why we did it now,” Bradley said.