Vikings cut QB Devlin after signing Kafka

The Vikings parted ways with QB Pat Devlin after signing his replacement, Mike Kafka.

With the signing of quarterback Mike Kafka going official on Thursday, the Minnesota Vikings released last year’s practice squad quarterback, Pat Devlin.

Devlin spent seven weeks on the Vikings practice squad last year after signing on Nov. 3. He was out of football in 2013 and was among the final cuts of the Miami Dolphins during roster trimming in 2012.

Devlin was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dolphins in 2011 and was one of the final cuts at the end of the preseason. He was signed to the practice squad, where he spent the next 14 games, then signed to the 53-man roster Dec. 20, 2011, but was inactive for the final two games.

Devlin arrived at Penn State in 2006 and redshirted. In two seasons at PSU, he completed 25 of 48 passes for 459 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He transferred to Delaware following the 2008 season. In two years with the Blue Hens, he completed 481 of 728 passes for 5,696 yards with 38 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Devlin is being replaced on the Vikings roster by Kafka (6-foot-3, 225 pounds), who was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a four-game stretch last year but didn’t play in any games. Kafka was a fourth-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010 after his collegiate career at Northwestern.

He was considered an accurate passer with the Wildcats but doesn’t possess great arm strength.

In 2011, his second season with the Eagles, Kafka played in four games but threw passes in only two of those, complete 11 of 16 passes for 107 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions for only a 47.7 rating.

Kafka competed in the NFL veteran combine in last month.


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