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.
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.
SOURCE: Sporting News – Steven Gaither