Just when you thought the Philadelphia Eagles were done looking for quarterback depth, in comes 6-2, 234, G. J. Kinne. Kinne,24, is a former Tulsa graduate who signed with the Jets as a undrafted free agent in April. He was released on June 28, 2012. His former quarterback coach, Press Taylor, is now on the team as a Offensive Quality Coach.
As a starter in Tulsa, he was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year after completing 60 percent of his passes, throwing for 3,650 yards and 31 touchdowns. In his career at Tulsa, Kinne had 10,831 total yards, passed for 9,472 and rushed for 1,359 yards with 81 touchdowns.
He originally transferred from the University of Texas following his sophomore red-shirt season. Kinne will officially join the Eagles once formally released from the San Antonio Talons of the Arena League. Reuben Frank of CSNPHILLY broke this story.
Here are some scouting notes from ProFootballWeekly on this guy:
Has good feet and a quick-armed release. Throws with conviction. Functional arm strength. Has backyard athletic ability — throws naturally on the move and can make plays when the pocket breaks down. Generally knows where to go with the ball. Mentally and physically tough and will play hurt.Negatives:
Lacks ideal height. Operated a spread offense vs. mid-major competition. Has a low, three-quarters release, and balls tend to come out with a loose wobble. Inconsistent placement. Rarely pushed the ball deep and struggles to drive downfield throws on a line.Summary:
A tough, competitive, Texas-bred passer, Kinne lacks stature to ever thrive as a traditional dropback, pocket passer. However, has enough arm, athletic ability and moxie to entrust in a pinch with a controlled, rhythm offense where he could make short-to-intermediate throws, sprint out and create. Has a gunslinger’s mentality, and you always will have to live with mistakes that accompany the plays he makes. Ceiling is a No.
This guy has gone through some crazy things in life, here is a tidbit from the PE website:
Prior to his collegiate career, Kinne experienced a heart-wrenching series of events as a high school quarterback in 2005 when his father Gary Joe, the team’s coach, was shot by a disgruntled and deranged father of one of Kinne’s teammates. Kinne was initially told that his father had passed away, only to find out that his father had indeed survived despite being given a "10 percent" chance of doing so.
Here is a little Video on him:
and last but not least his tweets:
I am officially a Philadelphia Eagle— GJ Kinne (@GJKinne) February 28, 2013
Growing up an Eagles fan is what makes this even more special. Scroll to the bottom, my favorite NFL team is listed tulsahurricane.com/sports/m-footb…— GJ Kinne (@GJKinne) March 1, 2013
This new pick up may lead people to believe that Chip likes a dual threat Quarterback,contrary to belief that this is all he has really had to deal with at Oregon and went with it. It may even contradict the talks that Kelly is indeed infatuated with the only true pocket passer left on the roster.
We resigned Vick, signed Dennis Dixon, are about to sign Kinne and Kelly tried to recruit draft prospect E J Manuel, who is considered prospect for us in the draft if he is still around. Is Foles just that good that he makes Kelly rethink his "usual" QB or is this a ploy to beef up trade talk with Jets, Cards, Jaguars, Bills and the like? Are these tell-tale signs of significance? Let the trade talk begin again.