BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick were given the morning off, leaving rookie quarterback Mike Kafka with all the snaps Thursday morning for the fifth and final practice of rookie/selected veteran camp.
Afterward, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg showered the rookie from Northwestern with the highest praise possible, specifically regarding Kafka’s playbook grasp and decisive trigger.
“Within that realm, I think he could be – I’m trying to think back – the best rookie that I’ve ever had in 15, 16, 17 years or something like that,” Mornhinweg said. “So, he’s really sharp. Now, he’s sharp book-wise, but he’s also very intelligent in a football sense. He’s really picked it up very quickly.
“He’s had just terrific minicamps. He started hot and stayed hot. He had a very good practice today and took all the reps. Now, I will say this – he’s got a long way to go. There are so many things he hasn’t seen yet. We’ll see how he progresses.”
But the hot topic of Mornhinweg’s post-practice conference remained Kolb and the quarterback’s transition to the franchise’s first new starting signal caller in more than a decade.
“It’s been outstanding up to date,” Mornhinweg added. “The best qualities that Kevin has, and there are many of them, some of the better ones are his quick decision making and his accuracy and his timing. And I think he’s got some guts.”
The real test comes later this week for Kolb, when the contact scrimmages start and pressure ratchets up a few notches. The rest of the team is due at Lehigh by 5 p.m.
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