Most of the quarterback talk about the Philadelphia Eagles centers on Michael Vick and Nick Foles. They’re the most ready and most experience to start the season as a starter — just don’t tell that to Matt Barkley.
This dude has never been second fiddle anywhere he has played. He has always been the no. 1 guy and has come out all offseason long saying that he wants that spot. Hey, you gotta love that in a player, even if it is a long shot.
In his first-ever action in the NFL, Barkley started a little shaky when he entered in the second quarter. He ended up finishing 4-of-11 for 22 yards in the quarter. Mid-way through the third quarter, he began to find himself. He tied his yardage output in the second quarter with one throw, a 22-yard strike over the middle to Clay Harbor. After that, things seemed to settle down for him.
In the beginning of the fourth, he threw a quick screen pass to Greg Salas, who made a fantastic move for a 12-yard TD. Barkley finished the night 11-of-22 for 103 yards and a TD. Barkley was asked how he felt after the game via PhillyMag.com.
“When Chip got into that tempo package, I felt like I did better. I was much more in sync with what was going on. It felt right … this is the next stage and it’s a bigger stage. This is the highest level. I got the jitters out and I can move forward from here.”
Barkley always seems to say the right things. He is a very confident individual. My guess is that with Vick and Foles likely getting at least a quarter each this Thursday against the Carolina Panthers, Barkley will get at least a quarter as well. I seriously doubt he will be the opening day starter, but he is gunning for it.