Matt Barkley on Tim Tebow: ‘He’s not taking my reps’

 
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Matt Barkley warms up before the game between the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field on Dec. 20, 2014, in Landover, Md.© Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Matt Barkley warms up before the game between the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field on Dec. 20, 2014, in Landover, Md. Tim Tebow may be planning the comeback story of the year, but Matt Barkley isn’t interested in allowing that tale to unfold.

“He’s not taking my reps on the field,” Barkley told NJ.com following Thursday’s OTA practice.

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Both Tebow and Barkley are competing for Eagles roster spots behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez.

“He’s an arm we need for the team, with (quarterback) G.J. (Kinne) making the move to receiver,” Barkley added. “Tim’s just one of us. He’s trying to make the team just like we all are. It hasn’t effected my approach to how I feel the team thinks of me or how I’m going out to compete every day.”

The Eagles added Tebow this spring. If he makes the team, it would most likely come at the expense of Barkley, which isn’t lost on him.

“I’m not looking to compete for the third spot. That is, what it is based off contract numbers,” Barkley said. “I’m just looking to play my best. If that winds up being third, then so be it. If it ends up being the first, I’ll be happy with that. I can’t control how money talks. I’m just going to perform how I see fit.”

The Eagles selected Barkley in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He’s thrown 50 passes in four games, with no touchdowns and seven turnovers. 

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9 Responses to “Matt Barkley on Tim Tebow: ‘He’s not taking my reps’”

  1. brandi says:

    Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley have all displayed their displeasure in somewhat different ways, some aimed at Tebow some directly at Chip Kelly. Most seems to be due to those QBs knowing they aren’t what Kelly’s looking for. That includes Sam Bradford. He and Barkley have specifically been put on the trade blocks. Sanchez has already been pointed out as not being more than a Back-Up and not someone Chip Kelly counts on in the clutch.

    This group is falling apart.

    • Sage says:

      I do wonder what Chip is thinking. Why Tebow should be an afterthought in Kelly’s college-style, spread offense is a mystery to me.

      Go with Tebow, Chip. Be a little bit patient and make your life easy for years to come.

      • ck says:

        Sage: He is in the “assembly stage” and agree w/u that he needs to be patient b/c if anyone can get him to the SB, it’s TEBOW!!!:)

  2. TheMascotArmy says:

    Tebow is at a huge disadvantage (compared to the other QBs) in being so new in the system, but that will only fade with time. I’m still hoping/predicting the most exciting season in a long time.

  3. Bubbaelvis says:

    Maybe Coach Kelley believes he has the QB he needs to run his system in Tim Tebow. He may be taking it slow knowing Tebow needs a little time to develop and learn the offense. Bradford is the space holder until Tim is ready and then look out NFL. He had to see something pretty special to make him sign Tebow. He wouldn’t sign him just to fill in for camp or even to sit and not play.

  4. Andrea says:

    Yes he is.

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