QB Matt Barkley - Buffalo Bills
|6-3, 227||Born: 9-8-1990||College: Southern California||Drafted: Round 4, pick 98 (2013)|
2019 Week 4 vs NE (9 / 16 / 127 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Matt Barkley replaced an injured Josh Allen in the second half against the Patriots. Barkley entered while trailing in a tough spot, but threw a strike to John Brown down the field for a big third down conversion on his first throw. Barkley had an opportunity to lead a comeback attempt but attempted a throw to Zay Jones in the end zone that bounced off his hands. Barkley later had a ball deflected for an easy interception that ended the game. Barkley is a competent backup but will face a tough test at Tennessee next week if Josh Allen is unable to return.
2018 Week 10 vs NYJ (15 / 25 / 232 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)
Matt Barkley started for Buffalo with Derek Anderson and Josh Allen both injured and Nathan Peterman benched for ineffectiveness. Barkley was serviceable but produced a better stat line than actual offensive play. He took a deep shot on the first play for scrimmage and connected on the perimeter with Robert Foster. Barkley connected with Foster three times on the deep perimeter, propelling Foster to a 100-yard game, while also showing a good rapport with Zay Jones in a chain moving role. Barkley's fantasy value is more his value added to other players as a stable presence in the offense than starting viability outside the deepest leagues. He threw two red zone touchdowns, first to Tackle Dion Dawkins on a trick play and later Zay Jones on a post. Barkley had multiple deflected passes that were nearly intercepted and lacks the arm strength to make every throw. His success on Sunday should cement his presence on the Buffalo depth chart and make Nathan Peterman expendable when Josh Allen returns from injury after next weeks bye.
2016 Week 12 vs TEN (28 / 54 / 316 / 3 / 2 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
Barkley had one ill-advised end zone interception and another ball that Wesley Woodyard took from the intended receiver. He also only completed a little over half of his 54 attempts. Still, he was victimized by eight drops, including three in the end zone. He made the throws to complete the comeback from down 27-7, but his receivers let him down. When considering that the Bears are missing their top two wideouts and tight end, Barkley's performance is more impressive. He probably enhanced his career prospects as a backup in the NFL with this game.
2016 Week 14 vs DET (20 / 32 / 212 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The Matt Barkley experience in Chicago hasn't all been bad so far. In his first road start of the season, Barkley nearly led the Bears to an upset win over the NFC North-leading Detroit Lions. Barkley completed 20-of-32 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown in the 20-17 loss. Despite falling short on the game's final drive, Barkley did a great job of spreading around the ball without committing any turnovers. On a team that's decimated at the pass-catching position, Barkley found six different targets in the passing game. Of the six targets, you likely only had heard of one or two of them entering the season. So, props to the former USC quarterback. As long as OC Dowell Loggains continues continues to run an up-tempo offense with Barkley under center, there's no reason to think this Bears passing offense can't be somewhat legitimate from here on out.
2016 Week 15 vs GB (30 / 43 / 362 / 2 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Matt Barkley continued to play like a competent NFL quarterback in Sunday's 30-27 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Barkley completed nearly 70 percent of his passes for 362 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions (one INT came on a Hail Mary at the end of the first half). Until the fourth quarter, guys like Deonte Thompson and Cameron Meredith received the lion's share of the targets, with Alshon Jeffery nowhere to be found. The Bears entered the fourth down 17 points, but Barkley quickly passed the Bears back into the game by finding Jeffery over and over again. Jeffery went on to catch all seven of his passes in the fourth quarter. The Barkley-to-Jeffery combination really unlocked some things in the offense, allowing guys like Deonte Thompson and Cameron Meredith to play in more space. Barkley routinely found Thompson and Meredith open in the middle of the field. That's the area of the field in which Barkley excels. It's when he throws deep does he seem to struggle.
2016 Week 16 vs WAS (24 / 40 / 323 / 2 / 5 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Sunday's 41-21 loss to the Washington Redskins is the low point of Matt Barkley's short career as a member of the Chicago Bears. Barkley threw five interceptions in the loss to go along with 323 yards passing and two touchdowns. He's now thrown eight interceptions in the past two games, many of which are inexplicable. Triple coverage didn't stop Barkley from targeting Deonte Thompson on a seam route into the end zone, a ball that was intercepted with ease. Throwing off the back foot is not recommended, but that didn't stop Barkley from mis-throwing a few due to a bad footwork. For all the bad, there were some nice throws, like the 21-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Meredith. The only thing stopping Barkley from being a half-decent quarterback is himself and his inability to not turn over the ball. But hey, he's putting up some decent numbers if you ignore the picks. He's registered eight touchdowns and has gone over 300-yards passing in three of his five starts.
2016 Week 17 vs MIN (10 / 14 / 125 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Barkley was not a big part of the game plan as this one got away from the Bears early. He threw an end zone interception intended for Alshon jeffery when he didn't see Xavier Rhodes dropping back to bracket Jeffery on the first drive. Barkley was able to move the offense after multiple stalled out first half drives and capped the only touchdown drive of the game with a catch (not pass) for a score from Cameron Meredith. Things didn't go better in the second half, as Barkley threw a bad interception to a well-covered Cameron Meredith and lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown before he was replaced by David Fales.
2014 Week 10 vs CAR (0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 0 / 0 rush)
Barkley saw the last Eagles drive of the game and handed the ball off to Polk twice for 3 yards gains both times and had an incomplete pass to Zach Ertz where he hit a Panthers defender in the helmet. On the next drive Barkley simple kneeled the ball down three straight times in victory formation.
2013 Week 7 vs DAL (11 / 20 / 129 / 0 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
In Barkley's first NFL action he looked rather shaky and was thrown into the game when the Eagles offense was already standing still and not moving the ball as the Cowboys defense was putting plenty of pressure on the Eagles QBs. On his first pass of the game made a completion to Avant and then the very next play threw a bad pass that was picked off but then called back by penalty. He completed passes to Avant, Cooper and Jackson before he threw his first interception to Sean Lee. On the second interception he avoided a sack and just threw the ball up after that and he was nowhere near an Eagles receiver. After he had a nice drive to get the Eagles into scoring range he ended up throwing his 3rd interception in the endzone as he tried to lead Jason Avant up for a jump ball.
2013 Week 8 vs NYG (17 / 26 / 158 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Barkley was forced into action at the end of the first half and on his first possession he fumbled the snap and quickly picked up the ball and completed a pass to Brent Celek for a first down and then on the very next play went back to Celek for another completion. On the third play from scrimmage he found DeSean Jackson for another completion and started the game off very solidly going 3 for 3 on completions. On first and goal Barkley looked to have lots of time to make a play but rushed to the outside and was sacked and lost the ball as he was stripped and was really a big turning point in the game as the Eagles were just starting to get momentum for the first time in the game. On a third and five Barkley took another sack that backed the Eagles up even more and took them out of field goal range and forced the Eagles to try to go for it on 4th down and Barkley felt the pressure once again and threw the ball quickly and overthrew his receiver. Barkley was clearly feeling the pressure from the Giants defense and seemed to try to force the ball and throw the ball quickly to avoid the sack but still was sacked several times. He made a nice pass to Jason Avant for a big gain of 25 yards. Late in the game with 13 seconds left Barkley slightly under threw Jackson on the sideline and threw an interception which sealed the win for the Giants.
2013 Week 9 vs OAK (2 / 3 / 13 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Barkley came into the game after the game was well in hand at a 49 - 13 score. He passed 3 times total and completed 2 of those passes to Zach Ertz.