Philadelphia Eagles rumors shine a lot of positive light on Matt Barkley. These Eagles rumors suggest Barkley could be the backup quarterback for the team in the 2015 NFL season. Though there is a lot of the NFL preseason left to complete, Barkley really showed what he could do on Sunday, August 16, against the Indianapolis Colts. A report from CBS Sports stated that of the three quarterbacks the Eagles put on the field, he had the best performance in the first preseason game for the Eagles.
While a lot of the news for this game centered on Tim Tebow and his return to the football field, it may have been a coming out party for Barkley. Barkley completed 12-of-20 passes (60 percent) for 192 passing yards. He had more yards than Matt Hasselbeck, Andrew Luck, and Bryan Bennett combined for on the other side of the ball. He also out-passed the other two competitors for the starting QB job in Philadelphia.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Matt Barkley was selected in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of USC. He hasn’t had a lot of playing time in the two seasons since then, appearing in only four games for the team. During this past NFL offseason, many Philadelphia Eagles rumors started to hint that he could possibly see more playing time for the team. By bringing in Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow, the coaching staff is pushing him to perform at a high-level right away.
When the regular season begins for the Eagles, Sam Bradford is very likely going to be the starting quarterback. That has been the expectation since training camp began, even though he hasn’t played a snap for his new team. That could change in next week’s preseason game for the Eagles, but the team did need to get a good look at what Sanchez, Tebow, and Barkley could do this week. For now, Barkley has a clear edge when it comes to taking on that second-string spot on the roster.
As for how the other quarterbacks did on Sunday, Sanchez completed 2-of-7 passes for 52 yards and a touchdown, while Tebow completed 6-of-12 passes for 69 yards. On the ground, Tebow rushed for 15 yards and a touchdown on four carries, showing that his legs could still be valuable in the NFL. The battle to serve as the main backup to Sam Bradford just got very interesting, and future Philadelphia Eagles rumors could be exciting in that regard. With a wide-open competition, Barkley, Sanchez, or Tebow could all still get the call when the NFL regular season begins.
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