Head Coach Chip Kelly preaches competition. On Monday, the game-show Quarterback situation added another contestant.
The Philadelphia Eagles have signed QB G.J. Kinne to a two-year deal. Kinne was an undrafted free agent, signed by the Jets after the 2012 NFL draft. He was later cut by the Jets in training camp. Kinne recently played in the Arena Football league with the San Antonio Talons.
Kinne’s name is notoriously linked with the tragedy regarding his father. Gary Joe, Kinne’s father and high school coach, was shot by an angered team parent. G.J. Kinne obtained the news of his father’s “death,” as Gary Joe had an estimated 10 percent chance of survival. Later, Kinne learned that his father had overcome all odds, and was indeed living.
After spending a redshirt season at the University of Texas, Kinne transferred to Tulsa. There, he started as the Golden Hurricanes’ QB for three seasons. Kinne dazzled, throwing for 9,472 yards on a 61.3 completion rate. He scored 96 touchdowns and gave away 32 interceptions as a starter.
Coached under Eagles’ Offensive Quality Control coach Press Taylor, Kinne prototypes Chip Kelly’s QB mold. Only time will tell if Kinne’s roller-coaster life escalates him to the Eagles’ starting QB position.