Before Philadelphia Eagles fans hype up their new rookie quarterback, Matt Barkley, to the point of insanity, I sincerely doubt that head coach Chip Kelly is going to jump to the questionable youngster if projected starting QB Michael Vick struggles or misses time with injury.
Even though I have always been very critical of now 2nd-year Eagles QB Nick Foles when it comes to his throwing accuracy and all-around NFL potential, I just don’t see Barkley, the fourth-round pick out of the prestigious University of Southern California (USC), beating him out for the Eagles’ number 2 job.
Just last year, Barkley was regarded as a sure-fire first-round draft prospect before he decided to return to USC for his senior season.
But due to severe inconsistency and an onslaught of questions regarding the durability of his arm, Barkley rapidly plummeted to a mid-grade QB prospect and a fourth-round selection in last month’s 2013 NFL Draft.
The Eagles’ acquisition of Barkley certainly came as a surprise due to his lack of mobility, considering Kelly is known for his fast-paced, spread offense that typically requires an elusive QB. After the Eagles decided to pass on the number 1 rated QB prospect, Geno Smith, in both the first and second rounds, it seemed clear that they would have to take a consolation, not a franchise savior, in Barkley for the time being.
If the Eagles didn’t want to give Vick another shot at the starting gig, than they wouldn’t have brought him back on a restructured one-year contract, instead of cutting him.
But due to Vick’s storied durability issues and turnover woes, Eagles fans are always looking at who will be their second-option at QB if their poster-boy starter is forced to exit.
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