|05-11-2013, 09:08 PM||#1|
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Matt Barkley Plans To Push For Eagles' Starting QB Job
Matt Barkley hasn’t met Michael Vick but he’s competed against and has gotten to know Nick Foles.
Matt Barkley plans to compete to be the first starting quarterback of the Chip Kelly era in Philadelphia, not defer or cower to anyone else with the same objective, Geoff Mosher of CSN Philadelphia reports.
“Well, they’ve both done great things, and Michael has had an unbelievable career,” Barkley said Friday, after the team’s first rookie camp practice. “You come in as a teammate to them, not as a fan. You come in as someone who is ready to compete against them at the same time.
“I’ll get to know them those guys, and I’m sure from what I’ve heard they are outstanding men, but you come in knowing that you have a job and they’re trying to take that job as well, so it’s competition, you know. Competing is what it’s all about.”
Barkley, who set all sorts of college and conference passing records at USC, is acclimating to Kelly’s fast-paced offense that has some similarities to offenses that Barkley engineered in the past but also has plenty of differences.
Many wonder how he fits into the picture, given his lack of mobility and arm strength that recently came under criticism of scouts and talent evaluators and assisted in his descent from a potential top-15 draft pick if he had come after his junior year to the first pick of the fourth round, 98th overall.
Barkley hardly seemed overwhelmed or skeptical.
“You know, I’ll make it fit,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what plays we run, I’m going to find a way to help this team out, and I know Coach Kelly has a way of working things out as well in terms of how he schemes and how he calls plays, so I’m not worried. I’m just worried about the here and now and what I can do right now.”
Source: The Redzone
|05-12-2013, 01:18 PM||#3|
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That made me chuckle. Now, don't get me wrong. I think he will be a starter in this league someday but I a)Don't think it will be for the Eagles and b)Don't think it will be until 2015. I think that he'll make a decent starter but he's not going to be an Eagles starter. Maybe during the preseason he'll see time for the birds but not more than that. Vick will be hurt by week 4 and Foles will come in to be very meh. Mariotta will go pro next year and Chip LOVES him. Why do anything other than try to be good this year and then go get your guy next year.
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