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QB Mike Kafka Ready For Backup Role

Eagles head coach Andy Reid thinks second-year quarterback Mike Kafka says is ready to assume the top back-up job, writes Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“I always have confidence in myself. But if Coach (Reid) says that, it’s great,” Kafka said last week. “I’m willing and waiting to take that next step to be that guy.”

A 2010 fourth-round pick out of Northwestern, Kafka (6-3, 225) did not appear in an regular season game as a rookie, spending most of his rookie as the team’s emergency quarterback, with injuries to Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick occasionally bumping him up to #2 status.

In four pre-season games, Kafka completed 25-of-59 pass attempts for 274 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions, compiling a passer rating of 41.2.

In addition to having the confidence of Reid, Vick thinks Kafka is up to the task.

“If Kevin’s not back, then I think the backup role is a role that Mike Kafka embraces,” Vick said. “I think he’s ready for it. I think he’s prepared himself well, and I think that will all translate on the field when it’s all said and done.”

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