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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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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. Sep 5 - 8:42 AM

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"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.
Aug 30 - 2:36 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.
Aug 21 - 11:33 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
Aug 8 - 8:58 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
Jun 23 - 2:16 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.
Jun 18 - 5:11 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.
Jun 10 - 9:57 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.
Jan 28 - 10:02 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.
Jan 15 - 8:56 AM

Eagles declared QB Matt Barkley inactive for Sunday's Week 13 game against the Cardinals.

Michael Vick's hamstring is ready to go, so he's the backup to Nick Foles. Barkley is the No. 3 quarterback that hopes to stick next year as Foles' long-term backup. There are no surprises in the Eagles' inactives: S Earl Wolff, CB Curtis Marsh, RB Matthew Tucker, LB Sam Acho, T Matt Tobin and T Dennis Kelly.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 11:45:00 AM

Matt Barkley completed 17-of-26 passes for 158 yards with no touchdowns, one interception and one lost fumble in Sunday's Week 8 loss to the Giants.

Michael Vick couldn't move on his balky hamstring and Nick Foles (concussion) was inactive, so Chip Kelly turned to Barkley in the second quarter. He was a disaster yet again. Barkley held the ball far too long in the red zone on his first drive, resulting in a careless fumble. He was often not on the same page with his receivers and his balls toward the sideline had zero zip on them. Even if Vick can't go in Week 9 at Oakland, the Eagles will be desperate to get Foles back under center. Barkley looks like an unprepared and unqualified fourth-round rookie. He has five turnovers in limited action over the last two weeks.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 04:06:00 PM

Operating in relief of Nick Foles (head), Matt Barkley completed 11-of-20 passes for 129 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions in Sunday's Week 7 loss to the Cowboys.

Barkley proved to be both unprepared and incapable. His receptions were all of the humiliating variety, as he simply threw balls up for grabs with his pop-gun arm and hoped for the best. The fourth-round rookie looked like a guy who had gotten no reps since training camp. Even if Foles is out next week, the Eagles would be better off with an immobile Michael Vick (hamstring).
Sun, Oct 20, 2013 06:22:00 PM

Eagles rookie QB Matt Barkley says his right shoulder was still an issue during the offseason.

Barkley separated his right (throwing) shoulder in November of his senior year at USC. "It wasn't 100 percent," Barkley said, "I'll admit that." Per the Philly Inquirer, Barkley's passes noticeably "lacked jump" during practices open to the media. Barkley and the Eagles now insist his arm is stronger. "We've seen him get stronger and stronger as he's been there," coach Chip Kelly said. "His arm is a lot stronger than when he first got here, but we could tell that." Barkley is expected to "redshirt" his rookie season.
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 12:18:00 PM

Matt Barkley has yet to take a first- or second-team rep in Eagles camp.

Coach Chip Kelly claimed Barkley would have a "chance" at the starting job, but it's predictably not going to happen. It remains a mystery why Kelly drafted the weak-armed, lead-footed former USC Trojan, but it most certainly wasn't to start games in 2013. Barkley is a big name, nothing more.
Wed, Aug 7, 2013 09:58:00 PM

Matt Barkley has exclusively taken reps with the third and fourth teams during training camp.

Talk of Barkley actually getting a chance to win the starting job has proven to be unfounded. The Eagles have had five full-team practices, and he's recorded zero first-team reps. Barkley will likely end up as the Eagles' developmental third quarterback in 2013. Meanwhile, there are light whispers that Michael Vick is gaining a sliver of separation from Nick Foles. Vick seen 98 first-team reps so far, compared to 87 for Foles.
Source: NJ.com
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 08:42:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Nick Foles
2Mark Sanchez
3Matt Barkley
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Darren Sproles
3Chris Polk
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Chris Polk
3RB1Darren Sproles
2LeSean McCoy
WR11Jeremy Maclin
2Jordan Matthews
3Josh Huff
WR21Riley Cooper
2Brad Smith
3Jeff Maehl
4Cobi Hamilton
WR31Jordan Matthews
TE1Brent Celek
2Zach Ertz
3James Casey
4Trey Burton
K1Cody Parkey