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Matt Barkley | Quarterback

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (23) / 9/8/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 227
College: USC
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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

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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.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 08:42:00 AM

Eagles coach Chip Kelly confirmed that Matt Barkley will be given an opportunity to compete for the starting quarterback job.

"Everybody's got a chance," Kelly said. "Everybody that's in camp is going to get an opportunity. If someone continues to make plays and another guy continues not to make plays then he's going to move up. There's nothing set in stone."
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 08:53:00 PM

CSN Philly calls the idea of Matt Barkley starting the Eagles' opener "not as crazy as you might think."

Beat writer Reuben Frank admits Barkley enters camp as a "long shot," but notes that he was Chip Kelly's lone handpicked QB among Michael Vick and Nick Foles. If Vick and Foles don't "wow" on the practice field in August, Frank wouldn't be "shocked" if Kelly gave Barkley the nod. Barkley would have a very limiting effect on Philly's offense due to arm-strength and athleticism deficiencies.
Source: CSN Philly
Mon, Jul 22, 2013 02:38:00 PM

Fourth-round pick Matt Barkley was reportedly "fairly impressive" at OTAs and "could loom as a key piece" of the Eagles' long-term plans.

Despite his draft-day slide, "some evaluators" reportedly still believe Barkley could develop into the top quarterback from the '13 class. The National Football Post's Len Pasquarelli concedes Barkley is unlikely to figure into the Michael Vick-Nick Foles training camp battle, but it's reasonable to think Barkley could see late-year playing time if the Eagles' season goes south.
Sun, Jun 30, 2013 11:46:00 PM

Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur says Matt Barkley is getting the hang of the Eagles' verbiage.

Said Shurmur: "A lot of the way we communicate is very different than what he did in college, but he's been able to do very nicely here in the first few weeks." Shurmur also noted that Barkley "did all the things playing quarterback that you need to see at [the NFL] level" when at USC. Barkley might be something of a long shot to start for Philadelphia in Year One, but he appears to be picking up some of the finer points of the scheme.
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 05:28:00 PM

Eagles signed fourth-round QB Matt Barkley to a four-year contract.

Barkley has reportedly been impressive in his month-and-a-half with the Eagles. He's displayed "fantastic accuracy," but's Albert Breer also noted that there's a "sizable gap" in arm strength between Barkley and Michael Vick. Coach Chip Kelly has stressed that accuracy is the main thing he's looking for in a quarterback. Barkley seems to have a legitimate shot at earning the starting job, but we'll find out a lot more in training camp and preseason action.
Thu, Jun 13, 2013 03:38:00 PM

According to's Albert Breer, Matt Barkley has displayed "fantastic accuracy" in Eagles rookie minicamp.

However, Breer admits there's a "sizable" gap in arm strength between Barkley and Michael Vick. Barkley's accuracy has never been a question mark, so it would be news if he wasn't fantastically accurate in pad-less practices. Barkley's weak arm is the reason he's facing middling odds of carving out a long and productive NFL career.
Tue, May 14, 2013 01:56:00 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer thinks there's a chance fourth-round QB Matt Barkley could "get the nod" as the Eagles' starter.

Anything is possible, but it would be a huge surprise if Barkley took the first snap in Week 1. Beat writer Jeff McLane points to Barkley's accuracy, ball placement, and ability to throw on the run as reasons why coach Chip Kelly could prefer the rookie over Michael Vick and Nick Foles. Plus, Barkley is the only signal caller hand-picked by Kelly. It's going to be an interesting summer in Philly.
Sun, May 12, 2013 02:10:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Nick Foles
2Mark Sanchez
3Matt Barkley
4G.J. Kinne
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Darren Sproles
3Bryce Brown
4Chris Polk
5Matthew Tucker
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Bryce Brown
3RB1Darren Sproles
2LeSean McCoy
FB1Emil Igwenagu
WR11Jeremy Maclin
2Damaris Johnson
3Brad Smith
4B.J. Cunningham
WR21Riley Cooper
2Jeff Maehl
3Arrelious Benn
4Ifeanyi Momah
5Will Murphy
WR31Jeff Maehl
TE1Brent Celek
2Zach Ertz
3James Casey
K1Alex Henery