What Does The Drafting Of Matt Barkley Mean?BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Monday, April 29th, 2013
I was shocked at the move myself, until I stepped back and considered the obvious. What does it mean? Kelly and his staff aren’t sure about any of the Eagles quarterbacks or definitely not sure about all of them.
Are any of you sure about any of the Eagles quarterbacks? Michael Vick? Nick Foles? Dennis Dixon? G.J. Kinne?
Barkley will have the chance to be the starting quarterback this year. It’s a long shot that he would be the guy, but Kelly needs to have a quarterback, who can make changes at the line of scrimmage and make accurate throws. He’s a quick study who has been running a pro style offense for the past four years, so you can’t rule him out.
I think they made the move because they thought he was a good value in the fourth round, just like they said. He was a good value at that spot. This does back up what Kelly’s been saying about it not being a must that his quarterbacks be able to run. Kelly wants a quarterback to be able to run the offense by making good decisions and being consistently accurate with their throws.
I’m sure the only Eagles quarterback who was smiling at the news of the Barkley pick was Foles. The drafting of Barkley underscores the fact that Kelly has his door open to pocket passers. At the same time, Foles didn’t smile long after realizing Barkley is a threat to his job in particular.
I’m sure Vick wasn’t smiling and neither was Dixon. They might have believed their running ability was going to make life easy for them under Kelly.
Barkley at his best could develop into Drew Brees type, undersized and accurate. He’s a smart field general with outstanding poise, who has great accuracy. I could see him having a field day throwing to the Eagles tight ends and big wide receivers in the short and intermediate game.
I don’t think Kelly’s staff has great confidence in any of the quarterbacks they have on the roster, so they were looking to add what they believe will be a good quarterback to the group. Barkley has shown he can produce under pressure. He can consistently make quick, correct decisions and deliver the ball accurately.
Maybe Kelly saw these qualities missing from his quarterbacks at the spring workouts. The coach said prior to the pre-draft practices that the observations made by the scouts and the coaches would affect the draft.
Right now, Vick is my pick as the guy who starts the season at the quarterback position. Vick brings that running element to the offense, while Barkley and Foles don’t.
The young man doesn’t have a bazooka for arm, but he can make all the throws necessary to play in the league and his accuracy is outstanding.
It’s going to be interesting.
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