Matt Barkley
Matt Barkley
30-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Buffalo Bills
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Barkley has managed to carve out a career for himself as a backup quarterback since being drafted out of USC in 2013. He never has had much of a chance to show what he can do in extended time, but he has started seven games as a pro, yielding around 230 yards passing and 1.7 touchdowns per game. Serviceable veteran backup? Sure, but his biggest weakness is the biggest one you can have -- he turns the ball over. In 342 career pass attempts, he's accounted for 10 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. And last year it was zero TDs and three picks, plus two lost fumbles. Now he's been forced into battle with fifth-round draft pick Jake Fromm on a team that has not rostered three quarterbacks under current leadership (since 2017). A potential short offseason could work in Barkley's favor considering he's well familiar with Buffalo's offense while Fromm is not. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Bills in December of 2018.
Another added to QB room
QBBuffalo Bills
April 25, 2020
Barkley will have a new teammate in the quarterback group after the Bills added Georgia's Jake Fromm in the fifth round of the draft this weekend.
ANALYSIS
Fromm comes with a higher pedigree than the usual fifth-rounder following a tremendous career at Georgia, and while he's seen as a smart guy and excellent reader of defenses, it may also be difficult for the youngster to even approach Barkley's familiarity with the Buffalo offense in what could be a shortened offseason due to COVID-19. More likely, Fromm will have to prove he's a better candidate than Davis Webb and hope the Bills keep three quarterbacks on the active roster instead of two. Still, Fromm is a promising enough guy that he adds a question mark to Barkley's long-term status with the team.
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How do Matt Barkley's 2020 advanced stats compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Bad Pass %
    The percentage of passes that were considered to be poorly thrown.
  • Avg Target Depth
    The average number of yards thrown per pass by the quarterback – including incomplete passes.
  • Sack Rate
    The percentage of dropbacks where the quartback was sacked. The longer the bar below, the more often they are sacked relative to other QBs.
  • Avg Receiver YAC
    The average number of yards after the catch that receivers gained on passes thrown by this quarterback.
  • Receiver Drop %
    The percentage of passes dropped by receivers on passes thrown by this quarterback. The longer the bar, the more sure-handed his receivers have been.
Bad Pass %
0.0%
 
Avg Target Depth
3.8 Yds
 
Sack Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Receiver YAC
1.3 Yds
 
Receiver Drop %
20.0%
 
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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Overall QB Rating Against
82.1
 
Cornerbacks
81.0
 
Safeties
79.6
 
Linebackers
88.4
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Matt Barkley's measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* The 40-Yard Dash, and Shuttle Time metrics are from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
234 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash*
4.90 sec
 
Shuttle Time*
4.58 sec
 
Hand Length
10.13 in
 
Arm Length
30.63 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Entering his second season with the Bills, it looks like Barkley will be the team's clear-cut number two quarterback. In 2018, he saw limited playing time, but acquitted himself well in his one start completing 15 of 25 passes for 232 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions. With the improved weapons on offense this season, Barkley could be an intriguing emergency add if something should happen to top QB Josh Allen.
The Bengals signed Barkley in March to be Andy Dalton's backup after losing AJ McCarron via free agency. They lost McCarron with nothing in return in typical Bengals fashion, failing to complete a trade with the Browns in time (though that failure falls on the Browns for not submitting the paperwork in a timely fashion), and then losing an arbitration hearing on McCarron's service time. Barkley didn't play a snap in 2017 and washed out with the Bears prior to that, throwing 14 interceptions in seven games in 2016. He's competing with Jeff Driskel, who has never thrown an NFL pass, to be the top team's top backup.
The 2013 fourth-round pick was brought into San Francisco to serve as Brian Hoyer's backup in 2017. Barkley got his first extended look as a starter with the Bears at the tail end of last season, throwing for 1,611 yards with eight touchdowns and 14 interceptions in six starts. The interceptions are a glaring red flag, but in his defense, he didn't have much receiving help to work with outside of four games with a healthy Alshon Jeffery. On a positive note, Barkley finished the season with 7.5 YPA, which would've ranked just outside the top 10 among qualified passers. The 26-year-old won't generate fantasy interest as a backup, but given Brian Hoyer's shaky injury history, there could be some value in his arm if he is called upon to commandeer Kyle Shanahan's offense.
Obtained from the Eagles just before Week 1 last season, Barkley wasn't activated once in his first campaign in Arizona. After spending the entire offseason program under head coach Bruce Arians' purview, Barkley's thoroughly unimpressive preseason to date is likely making his quest for a 53-man roster spot a difficult one. The third-year pro is eligible for the practice squad.
Barkley’s fate will be determined by Tim Tebow’s. After two years in the Eagles’ No. 3 QB slot, Barkley could be bumped off the 53-man roster by Tebow. Even if he stays on the roster, he likely won’t see any time behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez.
Barkley is competing for a roster spot as the third quarterback behind Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez.
The Eagles' quarterback situation is one to monitor because at press time new coach Chip Kelly hasn't committed to a starter. Moreover, it's highly unlikely the favorite at press time, Michael Vick, would start 16 games – something he's done just once in his 10-year career. If Vick goes down, Barkley and second-year passer Nick Foles would battle to replace him. The smart money might be on Barkley – the player Kelly drafted in the fourth round, though Foles played passably in a bad situation down the stretch last year.
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Leads two FG drives in finale
QBBuffalo Bills
December 29, 2019
Barkley completed 18 of 35 passes for 232 yards and two interceptions while rushing twice for minus-4 yards and losing one of two fumbles in Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Jets.
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Expected to see playing time
QBBuffalo Bills
December 24, 2019
Barkley is expected to see playing time in Sunday's game against the Jets, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
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Back seat looking probable
QBBuffalo Bills
October 5, 2019
Barkley's teammate Josh Allen has been cleared from the concussion protocol and the tentative plan is for Allen to start Sunday's game in Tennessee.
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Still waiting in wings
QBBuffalo Bills
October 4, 2019
Barkley's teammate Josh Allen practiced fully Friday but has still not cleared the league's concussion protocol.
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Could be Week 5 starter
QBBuffalo Bills
October 2, 2019
With Josh Allen still working his way back from a concussion, Barkley took first-team reps during practice Wednesday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
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