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Matt Barkley | Quarterback

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/8/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 227
College: USC
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Although Howie Roseman oversaw the 2013 draft, Matt Barkley was reportedly a Chip Kelly pick.
The Barkley pick was widely laughed at when it was made and nothing has changed since then. Unable to drive the football and lacking athleticism, he's not long for the NFL and a wasted fourth-rounder by Kelly. The Philadelphia Inquirer projects Tim Tebow as the Eagles' No. 3 quarterback this year behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez. May 18 - 11:35 AM

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Matt Barkley's grip on the No. 3 quarterback job is not secure.

The Eagles wasted the No. 98 overall pick in 2013 on Barkley, who has no value whatsoever on the trade market. He's going to have to fight off G.J. Kinne and Tim Tebow for his job this offseason. The Dolphins reportedly preferred a flier on Josh Freeman over Barkley.
Apr 20 - 8:44 AM

NBC Washington's Dianna Marie Russini confirms Eagles QB Matt Barkley is on the trade block.

From there, it gets much juicier, as Russini reports a Barkley trade would mean there's an "80 percent chance" free agent Tim Tebow becomes an Eagle. We find it hard to believe there's any sort of a market for Barkley's services. If football czar Chip Kelly is itching to make Tebow his latest daring addition, Barkley could soon be handed his walking papers.
Mar 17 - 7:01 PM

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Eagles would trade Matt Barkley for "a late draft pick."

Just not a very talented player, Barkley lacks NFL-caliber arm strength and athleticism. The Eagles would do well to get a sixth-round pick for him. He's struggled to beat out G.J. Kinne for third-string duties in Philadelphia, with only Barkley's higher draft status keeping him on the 53-man roster.
Mar 16 - 4:36 PM

Philly Mag's Sheil Kapadia admits Eagles QB Matt Barkley is likely fighting for a roster spot.

Kapadia adds that the Eagles' coaching staff "has showed no confidence" in Barkley. He can't get over the No. 3 quarterback hump, and coach Chip Kelly apparently has no intentions of handing him the backup gig this offseason. There were reports last summer that Barkley was being outperformed by QB G.J. Kinne.
Feb 4 - 10:41 AM

The Philadelphia Inquirer hints Matt Barkley could request a trade from the Eagles this offseason.

Barkley wants to remain with the Eagles and coach Chip Kelly, but admitted he'll speak with his agent to get a gauge on the league's quarterback landscape. Barkley has been the Eagles' No. 3 quarterback the past two seasons since being the 98th pick in the 2013 draft. On 178 regular-season and preseason passes, Barkley has managed a 4:8 TD:INT ratio. He hasn't shown anything.
Jan 2 - 9:30 AM

Lance Zierlein of Sports Talk 790 in Houston reports the Texans tried to trade for Eagles QB Matt Barkley before acquiring Ryan Mallett from the Patriots.

Zierlein is plugged into all things Texans, so we don't doubt its validity. The Philadelphia News and Inquirer reported last weekend that the Eagles were "open" to the idea of dealing Barkley. Houston likely didn't want to part with anything more than a late-round pick -- which was the price for Mallett -- while Philadelphia probably wanted at least a fourth-rounder for Barkley, considering it used the 98th overall pick on Barkley in last year's draft.
Fri, Sep 5, 2014 08:42:00 AM

"Multiple sources" tell Philly.com's Jimmy Kempski that the Eagles are "open" to trading third-string QB Matt Barkley.

This report was echoed by Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News. Barkley is a relatively unattractive trade target with limited physical tools, and coming off a ho-hum preseason. Perhaps he'd fetch a sixth- or seventh-round pick.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 02:36:00 PM

Matt Barkley completed 4-of-4 passes for 37 yards in Thursday night's preseason game versus Pittsburgh.

He played behind Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez, and ahead of only G.J. Kinne. Barkley is 20-of-32 passing for 242 yards this preseason, tossing two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Eagles are likely to keep him as their third-stringer this year, but Barkley has put zero heat on Sanchez's backup job.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 11:33:00 PM

CSN Philly believes there's a chance the Eagles could trade or release second-year QB Matt Barkley.

And Barkley seems to acknowledge it. "I figure every chance you get to be on the field in front of an audience is a tryout of sorts," he said, "whether it's for your own team, your own self or for another team." Mark Sanchez is locked in as Nick Foles' backup, while Barkley and second-year UDFA G.J. Kinne have been splitting third-team reps. Barkley probably has the edge over Kinne if all things end up being equal, but he can't afford to stink it up in preseason games.
Source: CSN Philly
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 08:58:00 AM

Eagles third-string QB Matt Barkley challenged reporter Jimmy Kempski to catch his footballs after Kempski observed during OTAs and minicamp that Barkley's "arm simply isn't good."

Our money's on Kempski here, who already accepted Barkley's challenge. "Shut up Jimmy," Barkley wrote on Reddit. "You don't know a thing about that route, the defensive coverage, technique of the wide receiver, the route he was actually running, let alone my maximum velocity arm strength. We can play catch sometime if you want to figure out for yourself how hard I can throw it, just lemme know." Barkley fell to the fourth round of last year's draft due to arm strength limitations. At spring practices, Barkley split third-team reps with G.J. Kinne.
Source: NJ.com
Mon, Jun 23, 2014 02:16:00 PM

After observing Eagles OTAs and minicamp, Philly.com's Jimmy Kempski observed that second-year QB Matt Barkley's "arm simply isn't good."

Per Kempski, "everything (Barkley) throws has way too much air under it," which was evident on Barkley's USC tape. He was a rainbow thrower, and can't drive the ball. Kempski saw Barkley get intercepted by third-string CB Curtis Marsh in Wednesday's practice, and called the pass "just not an NFL throw." In a recap column, Kempski deemed Barkley's arm strength a "major concern," and suggested the 23-year-old may not last much longer in the league.
Wed, Jun 18, 2014 05:11:00 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer observes G.J. Kinne has looked better than Matt Barkley at OTAs.

Barkley and Kinne are splitting snaps with the third-team offense, and Kinne has reportedly looked "more efficient." Nick Foles is running with the starters, obviously, while Mark Sanchez is handling all the reps with the twos. The Eagles are unlikely to give up on Barkley so soon, but he's not impressing in non-contact practices where quarterbacks should look like the best players on the field.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 09:57:00 AM

Philly Mag considers Matt Barkley the leading candidate to be the Eagles No. 2 quarterback in 2014.

Michael Vick once said he'd be willing to return as Nick Foles' backup, but he's since backpedaled on that. Vick is the top quarterback available in free agency and should get a chance to compete for a starting job elsewhere. Barkley and G.J. Kinne are the only other quarterbacks on the Eagles roster behind Foles. Coach Chip Kelly recently said he remains high on Barkley.
Tue, Jan 28, 2014 10:02:00 AM

Coach Chip Kelly reiterated that he remains high on Matt Barkley.

"I'm excited to get a full offseason with Matt in here to really get a chance to work with him because I think he's got a skill set that's exciting when you see him, how the ball comes out of his hands, the decisions that he makes," Kelly said. Barkley was a deer in the headlights in his two appearances as a rookie, tossing four interceptions to zero touchdowns, but he's going to have a chance to earn No. 2 duties in 2014 with Michael Vick a free agent.
Wed, Jan 15, 2014 08:56:00 AM