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Matt Barkley responds to article questioning arm strength via Reddit

173354693DH1361_patriot_eagleAfter impressing during the opportunity he was given last season, Nick Foles made the Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback job his by helping the team to the playoffs since 2010 while earning himself a Pro Bowl berth in the process.

Who will be Foles’ backup in 2014 has yet to be decided. The Eagles brought Mark Sanchez in on a one-year deal and Matt Barkley is in the mix as well. Although last year’s fourth round draft pick will have you believe he has a chance to be the starter.

This offseason will be an important one to determine where Barkley sits on the depth chart when the regular season rolls around. As Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com notes, Barkley’s arm strength has been a concern early in minicamp.

Kempski’s article made its way to Reddit and, as luck would have it, found the eyes of Matt Barkley, who had a few words to say in response.

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Barkley wrote via his Reddit account:

“Easy there Jimmy, you don’t know a thing about that route, the defensive coverage, technique of the wide receiver, the route he was actually running, let alone my maximum velocity arm strength.

We can play catch sometime if you want to figure out for yourself how hard I can throw it, just lemme know

Edit: Nothing personal, don’t mean to spark a war, just letting you all know there is no concern with my arm strength :)”

As we have seen before, Matt Barkley and criticism don’t necessarily mix too well. Barkley had a few words for Adam Schefter regarding comments made about his rookie contract. Then there was Barkley’s response to ESPN’s Merril Hoge, who felt teams should be concerned with his arm strength leading up to the draft.

Criticize Matt Barkley at your own risk.

H/T Sporting News

Matt Barkley does not care for Adam Schefter’s commentary about his contract

Matt BarkleyIf this whole football thing doesn’t work out for Matt Barkley, the kid could have a future in sports blogging. Why? Because he has the whole snarky act down perfectly.

ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter tweeted on Thursday that Barkley signed a four-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. But Schefter’s tweet included more than just the news. Schefter also added some commentary about how Barkley signed for much less money as a fourth-round pick than he would have made had he left school following his junior season when he was projected to be a first-rounder.

Barkley has probably been constantly reminded about what a mistake he made by returning to USC for his senior season. He thanked Schefter for pointing out the obvious.

Barkley already stated after the draft that he plans to make teams pay for passing on him. Tweets like this make it more obvious that he is entering the league with a chip on his shoulder, which is probably a good thing.

And for those keeping score at home, this is not the first time Barkley has taken a shot at an ESPN person’s commentary. Remember what he did in March?

H/T r/NFL

LeSean McCoy thought Matt Barkley was named ‘Mark’

Matt-Barkley-USCMatt Barkley is already receiving some rookie disrespect at Philadelphia Eagles camp. The only good news is at least the disrespect was unintentional.

According to The Philly Inquirer’s Zach Berman, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was calling Barkley “Mark” throughout the entire day during the team’s first workout on Monday. Berman says that McCoy legitimately thought Barkley’s name was “Mark.”

Matt Barkley/Mark Sanchez/Matt Leinart. All those USC quarterbacks are the same. Yeah, it’s easy to see how someone who doesn’t pay too close attention to college football could get that confused. It’s not like Barkley’s been on national TV or the cover of sports magazines in the past few years. Why would McCoy know his first name?

Matt Barkley plans to make teams that passed on him pay

Matt BarkleyMatt Barkley waited until the third day of the NFL Draft before he was finally selected, and he won’t forget that for a while. The former USC quarterback also says he plans to make the teams that passed on him multiple times remember their mistake.

Barkley was believed to be a likely first-round pick had he left school following his junior season. Instead, he decided to stay for his senior season, had a mediocre year, and he fell to the fourth round of the draft after going through the scouting process. A shoulder injury suffered against UCLA likely didn’t help his cause. Still, the Philadelphia Eagles took him 98th overall.

“I’m going to remember this weekend for a long time and so are the teams that didn’t draft me,” Barkley said Saturday per Scott Wolf of the LA Daily News.

Barkley is the latest player who will enter the league with something to prove.

“I had tough skin to start with and it’s even thicker,” Barkley said, via Wolf.

Though Barkley knows he will forever be considered a fourth-round pick, he pointed out that it won’t say Matt Barkley, fourth-round pick on the back of his jersey in the NFL.

One thing that is notable about Barkley going to the Eagles is that Chip Kelly must have been impressed by him if he thought he was worth a draft pick. In fact, Kelly said the Eagles had Barkley ranked in their top 50.

I’m honestly shocked that Kelly took Barkley. Not only do I not see Barkley having a very good pro career, but I also did not think he was the type of player Kelly would want for his offensive system. The same issue that Barkley had in high school and college concerns me the most about him: he throws a lot of interceptions.

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Matt Barkley responds to Merril Hoge criticism in fantastic way (Video)

Peyton-Manning-SNLMatt Barkley has been a popular topic of discussion for NFL analysts leading up to the draft. The former USC star was once considered a lock to be selected in the first round, but an injury and some inconsistent play have led to some uncertainty heading into April.

As you can see from the video above, ESPN’s Merril Hoge is one analyst who feels that NFL teams should be concerned over Barkley’s arm strength and decision making. In order to make his point, Hoge used a bunch of arrows on one of ESPN’s magic video boards. When someone brought the segment to Barkley’s attention, he responded on Twitter by writing “sometimes too many arrows is too much” and posting this hilarious GIF on Twitter:

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Is that perfectly played or what? If you ask Lane Kiffin, it wasn’t Barkley’s fault that USC had one of its most disappointing seasons in school history last year. Whatever the case, there is no shortage of Barkley doubters. The only thing he can do at this point is use the criticism as motivation, post hilarious GIFs about it and hope to prove everyone wrong.

Lane Kiffin defends Matt Barkley, rips USC defense coached by his father

Former USC quarterback Matt Barkley may have made a mistake by returning to school for his senior season last year. Barkley was once seen as a lock to go early in the first round of the NFL Draft, but injuries and other circumstances have resulted in his stock taking a tumble. However, Lane Kiffin insists Barkley is still a first-round prospect.

While it’s not surprising to hear Barkley’s former coach toot his horn, it is a little puzzling to hear Kiffin defend Barkley at the expense of his defense. A defense which, by the way, was coached by his father, Monte Kiffin.

“I think he’s going to be a great starting quarterback in the NFL, and the film shows it,” Kiffin told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Wednesday. “The plays he makes, all the throws he’s made here, the leadership qualities … I’ve said this before: If Matt Barkley had the defense that Matt Leinart and Carson Palmer had, Matt Barkley would have won the Heisman Trophy just like they did. He would have had the winning records they had.”

The Trojans had a number of issues last year during the course of their unprecedented collapse, and defense was certainly one of them. Considering Monte has resigned from USC and been hired as the defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys, I suppose the only thing Lane could be putting a strain on is the next Kiffin family reunion.

Kiffin was so determined to boost the public perception of Barkley that he even called out one USC player by name, noting that if not for a certain mistake Barkley could have led the Trojans to a win over Andrew Luck and Stanford in 2011.

“Andrew threw an interception for a touchdown and, their very next drive we stop them, and [safety] T.J. McDonald gets called for a head-to-head personal foul that keeps the drive alive,” Kiffin recalled. “Is that Matt Barkley’s fault? If that flag’s not thrown and we stop them right there, you go, ‘Man, Matt just beat Andrew Luck.’ When I remember Matt, I think of all that stuff.”

We get it, coach. You feel that USC lost in spite of Barkley, not because of him. Easy on the family and former player bashing.

Matt Barkley thinks USC focused on Marqise Lee too much; Kiffin disagrees

Matt Barkley said this week that USC’s offense focused on Marqise Lee too much at times this season, but Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin disagrees.

“At times though we focused too much on him as a team and we took away from other great playmakers like Robert (Woods) and our tight ends who were phenomenal players to where defenses saw that and kind of overcrowded Marqise,” Barkley said on “The Dan Patrick Show” Monday. “He still managed to make plays. I think we could have done a better job of utilizing other players.”

Barkley said that in response to Patrick, who was gushing over Lee and calling him the best player in college football this season.

On Wednesday, Kiffin was asked about Barkley’s comments and disagreed with them.

“No I don’t think that’s true,” Kiffin said via the Los Angeles Times. “Basically, Marqise Lee had one more catch than Robert Woods did the year before, so when you have players like that you want to make sure they’re touching the ball.”

Lee had 112 catches for 1,680 yards and 14 touchdowns in 12 games. Woods had 73 catches for 816 yards and 11 touchdowns, which was well shy of the 111 catches, 1,292 yards, and 15 touchdowns he racked up his sophomore season. No other player had more than 27 receptions in USC’s offense.

It seems like Barkley has a point, especially considering that he threw a career-high 15 interceptions. Maybe Kiffin should reconsider Barkley’s comments.

You can see Barkley’s interview with Patrick below. Some of the other notable things he said were that the high expectations for the team may have gotten to them, and that he did not have any regrets about returning to school for his senior season. He also thinks Johnny Manziel is most deserving of the Heisman Trophy. The parts about Lee begin around the 11:50 mark.

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