Jul 26, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles fourth round draft pick quarterback Matt Barkley (2) passes the ball as quarterback Michael Vick (7) looks on during training camp at the Eagles NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Barkley one step closer to playing

After being dubbed the best college football player and a lock for the top pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Matt Barkley was selected in the fourth round and has yet to be active for the Philadelphia Eagles. If Barkley came out after his junior season, he would have easily been a top five pick, but he took the risk of coming back for his senior season in hopes of winning a national title. In an unfortunate change of events, the USC quarterback separated his shoulder and failed to look like the quarterback that NFL scouts were so confident in the year prior.

Barkley has served as the third-string quarterback for the Eagles this season, and has yet to dress for a game. However, with  Michael Vick expected to miss this weeks match-up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Barkley is one step closer to playing, serving as the back-up to Nick Foles.

“One play away. In my eyes, it’s just another week. The fact that I’m getting [practice] reps with the first team is just a bonus. I’ve prepared the previous weeks of the season like I am playing.”

When asked about his throwing shoulder, Barkley offered this to reporters.

“My shoulder, I didn’t think it would take that long to get healthy. It was really hurting during OTAs. In camp, it hurt a little bit, too. Right now, it’s the strongest it’s been all year. I’m getting more power on the ball.”

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