May 3, 2013
Here are Matt Barkley's passing statistics for his four seasons at Southern California: Year Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. TD Int. Rate 2009 211 352 59.9 2,735 15 14 131.3 2010 236 377 62.6 2,791 26 12 141.2 2011 308 446 69.1 3,528 39 7 161.2 2012 246 387 63.6 3,273 36 15 157.6 ...
April 29, 2013 |
Chip Kelly's insistence that he does not require a mobile quarterback was confirmed on Saturday when the Eagles traded up in the fourth round of the NFL draft to take Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley. Barkley was expected to be a top 10 pick in 2012 before he returned to school in a decision that likely cost him more than $10 million. Barkley was one of the most decorated players in college football the last four seasons, but a decline in production and a shoulder injury caused his stock to dive.
September 3, 2015 |
How did Matt Barkley get here? Three years ago, the quarterback was embarking on his senior season at Southern Cal after snubbing the NFL despite the expectation by many that he would be a first-round draft pick. Two years ago, he stood on the lawn at the NovaCare Complex after the Eagles selected him in the fourth round and said that he was ready to compete for the starting job. A year ago, he was passed over for the backup spot behind Nick Foles when the Eagles signed Mark Sanchez and settled into the third-quarterback role.
April 30, 2013 |
TWO OF THE top college quarterbacks in the country faced off at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Oct. 29, 2011, combining for 614 passing yards, six touchdown passes and 104 points. USC quarterbacks coach Clay Helton watched Stanford's Andrew Luck and the Trojans' Matt Barkley lead their teams up and down the field, Stanford ultimately winning, 56-48, in triple overtime. "You knew it was a really special time," Helton said yesterday. "That you were looking at some guys that were - wow, these are two really special athletes out here.
September 6, 2015 |
A FEW MONTHS from now, this might amount to little more than a footnote; we might forget why we cared. But context is everything, and on Labor Day weekend's Friday afternoon, when NFL teams were paring their rosters, what the Eagles did counted as monumental, breathtaking news. The Eagles' final preseason game Thursday night against the Jets was what we thought it was - confirmation that Tim Tebow will back up Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez, and that Matt Barkley's time with the Eagles was at an end. The Arizona Cardinals agreed to send a seventh-round draft choice to the Eagles for Barkley, the Eagles said, confirming a Fox Sports report.
June 3, 2015 |
The quarterback who receives the least amount of attention on the Eagles is the one who has been with the organization the longest. He's the lone quarterback Chip Kelly has ever drafted. And he's the only one who has not been traded or released by a team - or at least not yet. Matt Barkley is entering his third season in Philadelphia. He arrived in 2013 expecting to compete with Michael Vick and Nick Foles for the No. 1 job. He now must hold off Tim Tebow from taking the No. 3 job. "He's not taking my reps on the field," Barkley said.
September 4, 2015 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - If last night's game was the only Eagles preseason action you caught, you're thinking that Chip Kelly intends to run his offense through Raheem Mostert, and that Tim Tebow pretty much has to make the team. Through three quarters of last night's 24-18 loss to the New York Jets that blessedly ended the preseason, Mostert had run for 59 yards on a dozen carries, and caught seven passes for 88 yards. The Eagles had completed only 10 passes, seven of them caught by Mostert.
August 16, 2015 |
MARK SANCHEZ will get the start tomorrow in the preseason opener against the Colts, but Eagles coach Chip Kelly cautioned that Sanchez probably will take only a handful of snaps. The bulk of the quarterbacking will be done by Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow, who would seem to be fighting for a single roster spot as the Eagles' third QB. "I want to see what happens with those guys," Kelly said. Barkley has taken exactly one live snap since the preseason finale last year against the Jets (at the end of the blowout win over Carolina last Nov. 10)
June 6, 2013 |
IF YOU STRAPPED Chip Kelly to a chair, pumped a heaping helping of truth serum into him and asked him whom he would like to see win the Eagles' starting quarterback battle this summer, many think he would say Michael Vick because Vick is faster than Nick Foles and Matt Barkley the way a Ferrari is faster than a tractor, and would be able to run the unabridged version of Kelly's offense, including the read option. While it's entirely possible that assumption is correct, Kelly repeatedly has insisted that it isn't, that the last quarterback standing this summer won't necessarily be the fastest one. For what it's worth, I believe him. And I'll go you one better.
August 18, 2015 |
They did not chant his name, or give him a standing ovation, or stay out in the heat for an extra two hours just to say they saw him rumble into the end zone against a defense loaded with hangers-on and roster fodder. They did all those things for the man who followed him. Matt Barkley jogged onto Lincoln Financial Field in relative silence, his entrance into the Eagles' 36-10 preseason victory over the Colts just the opening act for Tim Tebow's return to the NFL, as if Barkley were an acoustic singer-songwriter warming up the crowd for the E Street Band.