Philadelphia Eagles Tim Tebow Rumors: Matt Barkley Has Not Been Impressive, Getting Fewer Reps [VIDEO]
The talk of Tim Tebow being ahead of Matt Barkley in the battle to be the Eagles’ No. 3 quarterback has some truth to it. Tebow received five more reps than Barkley in practice on Tuesday and has gotten more consistent work than Barkley during training camp.
Tebow received 17 reps Tuesday to Barkley’s 12, and Tebow has gotten 105 reps overall against Barkley’s 77, per NJ.com. According to Eagles beat writer Eliot Shorr-Parks, who believes Tebow has the edge in this competition, the best and worst of Tebow was on display.
“After completing his first pass, Tebow held the ball far too long during the next two plays, having to throw it away both times. It could be the coverage was excellent, but very rarely, if ever, do quarterbacks throw the ball away during seven-on-seven drills.
On the next play, however, "Tebow stepped up into the pocket before flicking the ball down the field for a touchdown.”
Barkley’s Tuesday was more pedestrian; he went 4-for-7 with no touchdowns and no picks. Neither player has been particularly crisp when throwing the football, but Barkley, not Tebow, has been the one turning the ball over. Barkley has thrown three picks in 61 attempts while Tebow has thrown one interception in 81 attempts. Barkley has thrown five touchdowns to Tebow’s three, but Tebow has also rushed for two scores.
Tebow’s vying for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart, but that could be an important component of Philadelphia’s roster with the brittle Sam Bradford leading the pack for the starting job. Bradford has only played in seven games since 2013, and he missed all of 2014 with his second straight torn ACL.