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Mike Kafka isn't the break out star that is high on everybody's radar, but neither was Kevin Kolb back in 2009 when he was a very successful backup quarterback. Eagles fans know better than anyone who important backup quarterbacks are.
They have seen A.J Feeley, Jeff Garcia and the 2010 version of Michael Vick save their season after the starting quarterback went down to injury. Kafka could be forced to take on a similar situation in 2012 for the always injury-prone Vick.
Kafka had two chances to step up as a backup last season. He filled in during the fourth quarter in Week 2 and Week 3 last season.
He had great success in Week 2 in a Sunday night game against the Atlanta Falcons. Kafka completed seven out of nine passes in short relief of Vick. His only two passes were a failed Hail Mary attempt at the end of the game and a dropped pass by Jeremy Maclin on fourth down. He had great success on the short and intermediate routes.
The following week, Kafka took over for Vick in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants just as they had gone ahead 22-16. His first play was a designed deep pass that was underthrown and intercepted. The next time the offense took the field it was 29-16 and late in the fourth quarter. He never really had a chance to get anything going.
Last season his biggest weakness was the deep ball. He couldn't drive the ball deep enough to keep the safeties honest. That appears to be the biggest change in his game this summer. During OTAs, he was driving the ball deeper down the field with more accuracy.
If Kafka can throw a legitimate deep ball this season, then he will be a quality backup quarterback. He has the mobility, the pocket presence, the blitz recognition and he certainly has the accuracy as well. If he can add a quality deep pass to his game, Eagles fans will rest easy if Vick misses more time in 2012.