Matt Barkley was a player the Philadelphia Eagles coveted in the 2013 NFL draft. Once thought of as high first round talent, the Eagles moved up to the top of the fourth round to get a guy they ranked as a top 50 player.
At the time, Barkley was thought to be the next potential franchise quarterback for Chip Kelly and the Eagles before Nick Foles had a breakout season for the ages. He is now battling to be the primary backup behind Foles. While the Eagles did add veteran Mark Sanchez to add to the competition, I believe Barkley will ultimately win the job.
It is his second year in the offense. He is also now 100 percent healthy. I believe part of the problem last year for Barkley was that his throws lacked velocity and zip especially on out patterns, which require a lot of torque on the ball. It seems Barkley has a lot of his arm strength back now.
Another thing to consider is the fact that Sanchez has been widely ineffective the past few seasons. If Foles goes down, I am not sure I have any confidence in Sanchez being anything more than a game manager, if that.
I believe Barkley can win the team football games if a catastrophic injury were to take place. He showed in college he is a gamer. Take one listen to the kid speak, and you can tell he also has the mental makeup to go in and run an offense with ease.
Right now the position is up for grabs, but I believe it is Barkley’s job to lose.