Matt Barkley

Matt Barkley

Quarterback #12
Ht / Wt:6'2" / 227 lb.
Born:September 8, 1990
Drafted:2013 / Rd. 4 (98)
Draft Team:PHI

Matt Barkley: Favorite for backup role

Barkley seems to have an advantage over Tyree Jackson for the No. 2 quarterback role, Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News reports.

Analysis: Buffalo carried two quarterbacks on the active roster in 2018, so it seems unlikely that both Barkley and Jackson stick around. That Jackson is a candidate for the practice squad only boosts Barkley's odds of being the guy to win out. In any case, Barkley has already shown that he can be a serviceable No. 2 should something happen to Josh Allen -- given Barkley's two-touchdown performance in the Bills' 41-10 victory over the Jets in Week 10 of last season.

June 26, 2019 8:45 AM EST

Matt Barkley: Signs extension with Buffalo

Barkley signed a two-year contract extension with the Bills on Friday.

Analysis: Barkley signed with Buffalo at the end of October when Josh Allen (elbow) and Derek Anderson (concussion) were both injured, and made one start to bring an end to the Nathan Peterman experiment. The 28-year-old completed 15 of 25 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns in that outing, and has since served as the team's No. 2 quarterback. Allen is primed as the Bills' quarterback of the future, and Barkley is now signed on as his backup through 2020.

December 21, 2018 12:23 PM EST

Matt Barkley: Sidles into No. 2 role

Barkley's teammate Josh Allen had a full week of practice this week and has been deemed fit to start Sunday against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Barkley lit it up against the Jets in Week 10 ahead of the Bills' bye, but the future of this franchise lies in Allen's right arm so he'll step aside for the rookie, even though if the Bills had one win-at-all-costs game for one week, Barkely surprisingly might give them a better chance at winning given how comfortable he looked with the offsense. Withe Derek Anderson unable to return from a concussion this week, Barkley is the clear-cut No. 2 should anything happen to the rookie against the Jaguars' still-dangerous defense.

November 23, 2018 9:27 PM EST

Matt Barkley: Eyeing No. 2 role

Barkley's teammate Josh Allen (elbow) will put in a full practice Monday and is on track to start the Bills' Week 12 game against the Jaguars, Mike Rodak of reports.

Analysis: Barkley opened plenty of eyes with a surprise two-touchdown, no-interception performance in the Week 10 win over the Jets, but Allen is the future of the 3-7 Bills and coach Sean McDermott wants to get the rookie as much time on the field as possible. Allen could always suffer a setback, while at the very least Barkley looks like he's quickly leapfrogged Nathan Peterman (since waived) and Derek Anderson (concussion) to find a relatively permanent home on the depth chart.

November 19, 2018 9:43 AM EST

Matt Barkley: Will yield starting duties to Josh Allen, when healthy

Despite Barkley's impressive performance against the Jets on Sunday, head coach Sean McDermott said Monday that quarterback Josh Allen (elbow) will return to the starting lineup when healthy.

Analysis: Few predicted the kind of success Barkley would find against the Jets in a game that marked the quarterback's first live action since he was with the Bears in 2016. However, Buffalo's top priority is developing its prized rookie, and it's now clear Barkley's one-game renaissance won't deter the team from its long-term plan. While Barkley likely has done enough to establish himself as the clear No. 2 option over Nathan Peterman and Derek Anderson (concussion), he'll only have fantasy value going forward if Allen is forced to miss any more games. With Buffalo on bye in Week 11, Allen has roughly two more weeks to bounce back from his elbow injury. McDermott indicated Monday that Allen has already resumed a throwing regimen and is making daily progress in his recovery.

November 12, 2018 11:12 AM EST

Matt Barkley: Leads 41-point outburst in Week 10

Barkley completed 15 of 25 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 41-10 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Barkley proved to be an immediate upgrade over Nathan Peterman, hitting Robert Foster for a 47-yard gain on the game's first play. He later found eligible left tackle Dion Dawkins for a seven-yard touchdown in the second quarter and hit Zay Jones for an eight-yard score in the third. In addition to frustrating owners who streamed the Jets defense this week, Barkley likely earned himself a shot at retaining Buffalo's starting quarterback job coming out of the Week 11 bye.

November 11, 2018 3:11 PM EST

Matt Barkley: Gets starting nod Sunday

Barkley will start Sunday's contest against the Jets according to the Bills' site.

Analysis: With both Josh Allen (elbow) and Derek Anderson (concussion) already ruled out, Barkley will leap over Nathan Peterman on the depth chart after the latter struggled in his two previous stints as the starter against the Texans and Bears, respectively. Barkley last started in 2016 for the Bears, posting an unsightly 8:14 touchdown:interception ratio across seven games while completing under 60 percent of his passes. Even in the deepest of leagues, Barkley would be a difficult fantasy play given his lack of experience and dearth of weapons.

November 10, 2018 1:22 PM EST

Matt Barkley: Possible Week 10 starter

Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News states there's a decent chance Barkley will receive the start against the Jets after working with the starting unit at times during Friday's practice, coupled with the fact that Josh Allen (elbow) is listed as questionable.

Analysis: Allen is clearly the team's best option, but he's questionable and the Bills have a bye in Week 11, so they might just take the conservative route with their franchise player. The team seems to have moved away from turnover-happy Nathan Peterman, so with Derek Anderson (concussion) already ruled out for the game, Barkley could be the only option left. Running back LeSean McCoy made some comments to the media Friday that may have tipped off the fact Barkley could be starting. All that said, the Bills would love it if Allen was 100 percent healthy, so with all the clues presented we'll place the odds of Sunday's start being 45 percent Allen, 45 percent Barkley and 10 percent Peterman.

November 10, 2018 6:39 AM EST

Matt Barkley: Door open for potential start

Barkley could start Sunday against the Jets if both Josh Allen (elbow) and Derek Anderson (concussion) are unavailable, according to Joe Buscaglia of

Analysis: Anderson has already been ruled out for Week 10, and Allen, although getting in three days of practice this week, is no lock to return after missing nearly a month. If Allen is ruled out, Nathan Peterman would presumably be next in line for the Bills, but head coach Sean McDermott would not commit to him getting the nod in that scenario. That leaves the door open for Barkley to see his first action since signing with the Bills in late October. Barkley has not appeared in a game since 2016, so he would not be a recommended fantasy option in many formats. However, with options thin in leagues that use two quarterbacks, he would at least garner consideration there if he does wind up with the starting job against the Jets.

November 9, 2018 7:58 AM EST

Matt Barkley: Signs on with Buffalo

The Bills signed Barkley to a one-year contract Wednesday, Chris Brown of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Barkley will give the Bills some healthy depth at quarterback with Josh Allen (elbow) and Derek Anderson (concussion) both battling injuries. The Bills have already named Nathan Peterman their starting quarterback for Sunday's matchup with the Bears, while Allen has been ruled out for another week. If Anderson is unable to clear the NFL's concussion protocol by the weekend, Barkley would likely step in as the backup to Peterman, despite having only a brief period to familiarize himself with the team's playbook. Barkley will be a candidate for release once one or both of Allen and Anderson are back to full strength.

October 31, 2018 8:24 AM EST

Matt Barkley: Reaches injury settlement

Barkley (knee) reached an injury settlement with the Bengals on Wednesday, Katherine Terrell of reports.

Analysis: Barkley seemed in line for a backup role in Cincinnati prior to suffering a knee injury in the team's preseason finale. He will now be able to find a new home elsewhere in the league once his heath is up to par.

September 12, 2018 12:32 PM EST

Matt Barkley: Moved to IR

Barkley (knee) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Tom Pelissero of reports.

Analysis: Barkley was in line for the backup role in Cincinnati prior to his injury in the team's preseason finale. He'll spend the remainder of the season on IR since he's not a candidate to be disignated for return.

September 1, 2018 5:44 PM EST

Matt Barkley: Injures left knee

Barkley has been ruled out of Thursday's preseason game against the Colts due to a left knee injury, Katherine Terrell of reports.

Analysis: Barkley suffered the injury on a roughing the passer penalty, per Jay Morrison of The Athletic Cincinnati, and limped to the sideline and soon after the locker room. Penciled in as Andy Dalton's backup, Barkley is the Bengals' only reserve quarterback with NFL experience, so they could be in the market for a signal-caller in the coming days. For the time being, Jeff Driskel and Logan Woodside are the remaining QBs on the roster.

August 30, 2018 4:27 PM EST

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