During the absolute disaster that was the Falcons’ blow-0ut loss to the Bucs on Sunday, backup quarterback Dominique Davis went down with what looked like a serious knee injury. Fortunately for the Falcons, Davis hasn’t even been ruled out for this Thursday’s game against New Orleans, but in case he can’t go, the team has apparently made arrangements for a backup plan.
#Falcons worked out QBs Trent Edwards and Mike Kafka.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) November 20, 2013
Neither Trent Edwards or Mike Kafka would inspire any level of confidence if they actually had to play during a real, live NFL football game, but then again, neither does Dominique Davis. The Falcons have made the measured decision to go with only 2 quarterbacks on the roster, and it nearly bit them on Sunday, as Matt Ryan had to come back into the game once Davis left with injury.
Edwards is the former Stanford QB who does have over 6,000 yards as an NFL passer in 38 games, but has more interceptions (30) than touchdowns (26) for his entire career. Since a minor stint as the starter in Buffalo, he’s been profiled as a 2nd/3rd QB for the last handful of seasons.
As for Kafka, he’s probably the guy with higher “upside”, simply because we haven’t seen him fail at the NFL level. He’s also younger (Kafka is 26, Edwards is 30), and we have at least one report that Kafka stayed in Atlanta overnight on Tuesday.
Falcons kept Mike Kafka overnight here in Atlanta. Team apparently still waiting to decide on signing him based on Dominique Davis’ knee.
— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) November 20, 2013
What does this all mean? Well, it certainly appears that if Davis is healthy enough to play, the Falcons won’t ink either Edwards or Kafka to a deal. However, with the short week (the game is tomorrow), that doesn’t seem exceedingly likely, and we could realistically see one of them (likely Kafka) in uniform on Thursday.