Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/7/13
The only certainty of Matt Barkley's football career has been that he would start at quarterback. Not on Friday. For the first time in Barkley's career - a span that includes four years at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana Calif. and four seasons at Southern California - Barkley will come off the bench. Eagles coach Chip Kelly has not announced how the quarterbacks will split playing time in the preseason opener against the New England Patriots but Barkley has not taken a first-team snap all training camp. Barkley is expected to play after Michael Vick and Nick Foles on Friday. "I'm not complaining" Barkley said. "I don't think that's my job. I'm just trying to do the best with what I am given and I think Friday will be an opportunity for that." Barkley said he did not come into training camp with expectations although it was believed that Barkley would have a chance to compete for a starting job. When Kelly was asked why Barkley has not received first-team snaps the coach said "camp's not over." He reiterated that point when he was asked if the situation is representative of Barkley's performance. "Camp's not over" Kelly said. "You'll see a lot of him on Friday night though." During the last two days Barkley did not take any snaps during the main portion of 11-on-11 drills against the Patriots. He is relegated to watching from the sideline. As a quarterback he needs to study Vick and Foles when they're leading the offense. But what Barkley took out of practice also came when the Patriots were on offense with Tom Brady.
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