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Matt Barkley | Quarterback

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/8/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 227
College: USC
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 4 (98) / PHI
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49ers signed QB Matt Barkley, formerly of the Bears, to a two-year, $4-million contract.
Barkley started six games for the hapless Bears last season, completing 59.7 percent of his throws with an 8:14 TD:INT mark. He showed glimpses of competency at times, but Barkley completely fell apart the final month of the season, turning the ball over 11 times in the final three games. He threw five picks in a Week 16 home start against the Redskins. He'll have to win a backup job. Mar 9 - 11:49 PM

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Matt Barkley completed 10-of-14 passes for 125 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Bears' Week 17 loss to the Vikings.

Barkley was benched in the fourth quarter in favor of David Fales. Barkley ultimately made six starts this season for a Bears team that finished 3-13, the worst record in franchise history since the NFL expanded to a 16-game schedule. The former fourth-rounder looked serviceable in his first few starts, but completely imploded the final three weeks, turning the ball over 11 times in three losses. Barkley isn't the future in Chicago and will have to compete for a roster spot if he's brought back. The Bears' main goal this offseason will be to find a quarterback.
Jan 1 - 4:12 PM

Matt Barkley completed 24-of-40 passes for 323 yards, two touchdowns, and five interceptions in the Bears' 41-21, Week 16 loss to the Redskins.

After turning the ball over four times last week, Barkley came out like Santa and gift-wrapped five more turnovers to the Redskins in this one. Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland each picked him off twice, while Will Blackmon got the other one. Barkley made some solid throws, particularly a 37-yard sideline shot to Alshon Jeffery that set up a dime to Cameron Meredith on the next play for a 21-yard touchdown just before halftime. Barkley has proved the past two weeks he isn't the answer for 2017. The Bears will wrap up their three-win season next week in Minnesota.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 04:12:00 PM

Matt Barkley completed 30-of-43 passes for 362 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in the Bears' 30-27, Week 15 loss to the Packers.

Barkley also lost a fumble. It was a strong performance aside from the turnovers (how was the play Mrs. Lincoln?). Barkley's first pick was a first half hail mary. The second and third were just bad air mails. They were completely on Barkley. Nevertheless, Barkley flashed undeniable spunk, and kept dialing up downfield shots to keep the Bears in a game they almost got blown out of. Barkley has surpassed the 300-yard mark in 2-of-4 starts. He'll be on the streaming radar against the Redskins' leaky defense in Week 16.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 04:53:00 PM

Bears coach John Fox said he has been "impressed" by Matt Barkley.

"He’s been thrown in on the road in Green Bay. He came in and started with a week’s work and performed well [against the Titans]," Fox said. "And then really to come here [against the Lions] on the road against a good football team in a loud environment, I just continue to be impressed by the kid’s performance." Barkley is not the long-term answer for Chicago, but he has shown well enough to earn a backup job either with the Bears or someone else this offseason. With Alshon Jeffery expected back this week, Barkley could be worth a look in two-quarterback leagues against the Packers.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 09:52:00 AM

Matt Barkley completed 20-of-32 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' Week 14 loss to the Lions.

Barkley was lucky to avoid turnovers in this game because the Lions had multiple interception opportunities but couldn't reel them in. Although Barkley had early success as the Bears' fill-in quarterback, he is likely to get worse the more he plays as a career fringe No. 2/3 signal caller. With that said, he does have a good matchup against the Packers' leaky defense next and will be worthy of some two-quarterback-league consideration.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 04:28:00 PM

Matt Barkley completed 11-of-18 passes for 192 yards in Week 13 against the 49ers.

Barkley wasn't asked to do much in a game with bad conditions. He had a would-be touchdown dropped, but was able to manage Chicago to a win. Barkley isn't on the streaming radar for Week 14 against Detroit.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 04:57:00 PM

Matt Barkley completed 28-of-54 passes for 316 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's Week 12 loss to the Titans.

Barkley struggled early with two red-zone picks. He padded stats in the second half, throwing two of his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. It could have been a bigger game, but Barkley had a game-winning TD dropped on the final drive. Barkley looked shaky and doesn't have a supporting cast outside of Jordan Howard. Assuming Jay Cutler sits, he'll be a low-end streamer for a Week 13 matchup with the 49ers.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 05:12:00 PM

Matt Barkley completed 6-of-15 passes for 81 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions and rushed once for a loss of one yard Thursday in the Bears' Week 7 loss to the Packers.

He was thrown into the fire after Brian Hoyer left with a broken arm in the second quarter. Barkley was predictably awful, consistently missing his targets and showing very little pocket awareness. Both of his interceptions came while the Bears were in desperation mode late in the fourth quarter. The Bears were completely out of sync even before Barkley entered this train wreck of a game. The Vikings’ defense will be licking their chops next week with the overmatched Barkley under center. The Bears’ season is quickly unraveling.
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 12:52:00 AM

Bears signed QB Matt Barkley off their practice squad.

Barkley will take the place of OLB Lamarr Houston, who is headed to injured reserve with a knee injury. Barkley's promotion strongly suggests the Bears plan to be without Jay Cutler (thumb) this week. Brian Hoyer should start against the Cowboys.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 10:34:00 AM

Bears signed QB Matt Barkley to the practice squad.

Barkley cooled his heels in the fine climes of Arizona last year, but is now relegated to the frozen tundra of Chicago, on the taxi squad, no less. Barkley doesn't have an NFL skill-set. That was evident from Day 1. He's unlikely to ever attempt another regular season pass.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 03:56:00 PM

Cardinals waived QB Matt Barkley.

Acquired for a seventh-round pick from the Eagles at final cuts last year, Barkley spent all of 2015 on the bench. He still has some practice squad eligibility, but the Cardinals might just decide to move on.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 07:05:00 PM

Cardinals acquired QB Matt Barkley from the Eagles in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick.

The "condition" is Philadelphia gets a seventh-round pick if Barkley is on Arizona's roster for six games this year. The Cardinals' interest in Barkley has been rumored since he came out of USC, but Arizona brass didn't deem Barkley worthy of a day-two draft pick at that time. He went 98th overall to Philadelphia in 2013 and has since disappointed in preseason games. Barkley was probably going to get cut by the Eagles, perhaps in favor of Tim Tebow. In Arizona, weak-armed and barely-mobile Barkley will likely open the season on the third string behind Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton. The Barkley trade bodes poorly for Logan Thomas' chances of making the Cardinals' 53.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 03:56:00 PM

FOX's Jay Glazer reports the Cardinals are "working on" a trade for Eagles No. 3 QB Matt Barkley.

It's a nod to Carson Palmer's fragility, and shows a (deserved) lack of faith in backup Drew Stanton. Of course, Barkley would hardly upgrade on Stanton. If he's desert bound, it would almost certainly be for a sixth- or seventh-round pick. Barkley's arrival would spell the end of Logan Thomas' roster spot. His departure from Philly could also mean a place on the 53-man roster for Tim Tebow.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 03:51:00 PM

Eagles QB Matt Barkley will start the team's fourth preseason game.

This suggests Barkley is ahead of Tim Tebow in the battle for the third quarterback spot, but coach Chip Kelly may think Tebow's versatility makes him more valuable. Barkley could help his trade value with a good showing.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 10:49:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Brian Hoyer
2Matt Barkley
RB1Carlos Hyde
2Mike Davis
3Raheem Mostert
GLB1Carlos Hyde
2Mike Davis
3RB1Carlos Hyde
2Kyle Juszczyk
FB1Kyle Juszczyk
WR11Pierre Garcon
2Jeremy Kerley
3Aaron Burbridge
4Eric Rogers
5Rashad Ross
WR21Marquise Goodwin
2Aldrick Robinson
3DeAndre Smelter
4Chris Harper
5Bruce Ellington
WR31Jeremy Kerley
TE1Vance McDonald
2Garrett Celek
3Blake Bell
4Logan Paulsen
5Je'Ron Hamm
LT1Joe Staley
2John Theus
LG1Zane Beadles
2Norman Price
C1Jeremy Zuttah
2Daniel Kilgore
RG1Josh Garnett
2Alex Balducci
RT1Trent Brown
K1Robbie Gould
2Nick Rose