Matt Barkley

Buffalo Bills
Quarterback #12
Buffalo Bills
Quarterback #12

Matt Barkley News

Joins Buffalo's practice squad

The Bills signed Barkley to their practice squad Wednesday, Alec White of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Barkley was excellent during the Bills preseason finale, completing 18 of 24 passes for 224 yards. However, Case Keenum still earned the top backup spot behind Josh Allen on the active roster. Regardless, Barkley has been brought back and will operate as an emergency option on the team's practice squad.

Aug 31, 2022 4:04 PM EST

Released by Bills

Buffalo released Barkley on Tuesday.

Analysis: Despite outplaying Case Keenum in the Bills' preseason finale at Carolina on Friday, Barkley was the one who got the short end of the stick on the day of the NFL's 53-man roster deadline. Barkley will need to try to find another opportunity elsewhere as a free agent, and Keenum will serve as Josh Allen's backup in 2022.

Aug 30, 2022 2:39 PM EST

Shines in Saturday's exhibition

Barkley completed 18 of 24 passes for 224 yards with no TD passes and one interception in Buffalo's preseason win over the Colts on Saturday, good for an 86.1 rating.

Analysis: Case Keenum was brought in to be the main backup to Josh Allen this season, but no one has said that's set in stone and it looks like Barkley plans on making a case to be the No. 2. Keenum struggled Saturday with two interceptions and a 33.3 rating, though in fairness this was his first game with the Bills, while Barkley played for the team and a similar offense from 2018-20 as Allen's backup. The situation should continue to sort itself over the last two preseason games, as it's doubtful the Bills would make a fairly significant depth chart move based on one preseason performance.

Aug 13, 2022 5:14 PM EST

Back with Bills

Barkley has signed a one-year deal with the Bills.

Analysis: Barkley, who played for Buffalo from 2018 through 2020, returns to the team for a second stint and this time around the 31-year-old is slated to serve as the Bills' No. 3 QB behind Josh Allen and recently-acquired Case Keenum.

Mar 21, 2022 9:14 AM EST

Joins Atlanta's practice squad

The Falcons signed Barkley to their practice squad Thursday, Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus reports.

Analysis: Barkley was waived by Atlanta on Tuesday, but he'll now rejoin the organization as part of the practice squad. It's unlikely that he'll be added to the active roster in Week 18.

Jan 6, 2022 3:47 PM EST

Waived by Falcons

Barkley was waived by the Falcons on Tuesday, Tori McElhaney of the team's official website reports.

Analysis: The quarterback was added last week when Feleipe Franks was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but now has been let go as Franks has returned. Barkley appeared in five games with the Bills last season but in all likelihood will not enter a game during the 2021 season as he is yet to do so already and there's one game remaining.

Jan 4, 2022 3:25 PM EST

Heads to Atlanta

Barkley was claimed off waivers by the Falcons on Wednesday. Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Barkley was waived by the Panthers on Tuesday and will remain in the NFC South with the Falcons. Feleipe Franks tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, so Barkley provide quarterback depth along with Josh Rosen behind starter Matt Ryan.

Dec 29, 2021 7:25 PM EST

Waived by Panthers

Barkley was waived by the Panthers on Tuesday, David Newton of reports.

Analysis: The quarterback appears to be the odd man out in Carolina as the team no longer needed him with Sam Darnold, Cam Newton and P.J. Walker all on the active roster. Barkley has not appeared in a game with the Panthers this season, last playing in five games with the Bills in 2020, throwing for 197 yards with one touchdown and an interception. It is yet to be seen if another team will claim him or if he will join the Panthers' practice squad.

Dec 28, 2021 3:17 PM EST

Clears COVID protocols

Barkley was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: Barkley spent 10 days on the COVID list before being able to return. Now that he's healthy he should return to his role as the Panthers' No. 4 quarterback behind Cam Newton, Sam Darnold and P.J. Walker.

Dec 27, 2021 11:49 AM EST

Lands in COVID protocols

Barkley was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday after testing positive for the virus, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: Barkley has been serving as Carolina's No. 3 quarterback since Cam Newton was brought in, but Barkley likely will be unavailable for Sunday's matchup with the Bills. Barkley's absence shouldn't affect the Panthers' game plan if Newton and P.J. Walker remain clear of the protocols.

Dec 17, 2021 9:45 AM EST

Sits out with Newton back in town

Barkley (coach's decision) is inactive Sunday against Washington, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: Carolina's quarterback situation has shifted since Barkley first arrived. Sam Darnold (shoulder) is likely done for the season, but Barkley remains a distant third on Carolina's quarterback depth chart behind the recently reacquired Cam Newton and P.J. Walker.

Nov 21, 2021 6:20 PM EST

Heading to Carolina

The Panthers are signing Barkley off the Titans' practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: The 31-year-old has been on Tennessee's practice squad since being cut from the active roster in early September, but he'll now join Carolina with Sam Darnold considered day-to-day after undergoing an MRI on his right shoulder. P.J. Walker should continue to serve as the Panthers' No. 2 quarterback while Barkley provides veteran depth.

Nov 9, 2021 2:39 PM EST

Secures practice squad spot

The Titans signed Barkley to the practice squad Wednesday, Turron Davenport of reports.

Analysis: Barkley spent the last three seasons operating as a backup for the Bills, but the veteran signal-caller couldn't beat out Logan Woodside for the No. 2 gig in Tennessee. Should Ryan Tannehill (undisclosed) end up missing any time this season, however, Barkley's presence on the practice squad will give the Titans an experienced emergency option.

Sep 2, 2021 5:07 AM EST

Can't stick with Titans

Tennessee released Barkley on Wednesday, Paul Kuharsky of reports.

Analysis: Barkley failed to beat out Logan Woodside for the top backup gig in Tennessee. The 30-year-old veteran boasts significant NFL experience and could be a realistic candidate to resurface elsewhere in the league this season, even if he has to wait for a potential injury to open up opportunities.

Sep 1, 2021 1:10 PM EST

Resurfaces in Tennessee

Barkley announced Thursday that he's signed a contract with the Titans.

Analysis: Barkley, who spent the last three seasons operating as the Bills' reserve signal-caller, now joins Logan Woodside and DeShone Kizer behind Ryan Tannehill in the Titans' quarterback room. The 30-year-old is an experienced veteran whose presence in the locker room has previously drawn praise. He should have a solid shot at winning the No. 2 gig.

Aug 5, 2021 10:29 AM EST

Not part of Bills' plan?

Barkley seems unlikely to return to the Bills after the team signed Mitchell Trubisky last week.

Analysis: Barkley has served as Buffalo's No. 2 quarterback for the last three seasons, in other words the entire Josh Allen era. He's only seen action in eight games over that time, and while he wasn't terrible it looks like the Bills are preparing more for a viable NFL starter should Allen ever go down for a few weeks. Barkley was always highly regarded in the locker room and the Bills could bring him back as a No. 3, but it seems more likely the team will use that spot to develop Jake Fromm.

Mar 24, 2021 5:51 PM EST

Spot action behind Buffalo's star

Barkley took 53 snaps in 2020, completing 11 of 21 passes for 197 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Analysis: The 2020 campaign was the ultimate Josh Allen Show, so even the most faithful Bills fan would have a hard time remembering when these 21 passes happened, but they did take place over the course of three mop-up duty appearances. Barkley won't wow anyone on the field after being in the league since 2013, but he's served as a good voice for Allen and knows the Buffalo offense as well as anyone, so it'd be a bit of a surprise if the cash-strapped Bills turn to a higher profile backup for 2021. The same quarterback room of Allen, Barkley and Jake Fromm seems the most likely course of action.

Feb 15, 2021 10:44 PM EST

Could see field in Week 17

While the Bills plan to suit up Josh Allen for Sunday's finale against the Dolphins, there's a likelihood Barkley sees meaningful snaps in the contest, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: This makes sense, as several starters have already been made inactive in a game that can only determine seeding for the Bills, while Allen needs only some modest totals to set or extend some franchise records. We would not be shocked if the Bills have Allen out of there by halftime or even earlier while Barkley sees action with a number of other backups. Note that Miami needs to win this game and the weather is expected to be far from optimal.

Jan 3, 2021 8:59 AM EST

Another added to QB room

Barkley will have a new teammate in the quarterback group after the Bills added Georgia's Jake Fromm in the fifth round of the draft this weekend.

Analysis: Fromm comes with a higher pedigree than the usual fifth-rounder following a tremendous career at Georgia, and while he's seen as a smart guy and excellent reader of defenses, it may also be difficult for the youngster to even approach Barkley's familiarity with the Buffalo offense in what could be a shortened offseason due to COVID-19. More likely, Fromm will have to prove he's a better candidate than Davis Webb and hope the Bills keep three quarterbacks on the active roster instead of two. Still, Fromm is a promising enough guy that he adds a question mark to Barkley's long-term status with the team.

Apr 25, 2020 10:07 PM EST

Leads two FG drives in finale

Barkley completed 18 of 35 passes for 232 yards and two interceptions while rushing twice for minus-4 yards and losing one of two fumbles in Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Barkley came in under center after Josh Allen presided over two scoreless drives to open the contest. The Bills aren't known for their offense to begin with and rested key starters on that side of the ball, so Barkley didn't have much to work with and it showed. This was the backup quarterback's second appearance of the season, as Allen has managed to stay mostly healthy. Don't expect to see an appearance from Barkley this postseason, but he'll remain under contract as Allen's backup in 2020.

Dec 29, 2019 1:16 PM EST

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