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. 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.
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. 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.
Barkley is expected to see playing time in Sunday's game against the Jets, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. With the Bills locked in as the AFC's No. 5 playoff seed, there is no need for starting quarterback Josh Allen to play the entire game against the Jets. That could carve out a role for Barkley, although how significant that role might be is still murky. The situation should become clearer as coach Sean McDermott reveals his game plan for Week 17.
Barkley's teammate Josh Allen has been cleared from the concussion protocol and the tentative plan is for Allen to start Sunday's game in Tennessee. That means Barkley will move back into the No. 2 role, where he serves as one of the more valuable backups in the league given that he's shown a knack to run the Buffalo offense, as well as Allen's propensity to run the ball into dangerous traffic.
Barkley's teammate Josh Allen practiced fully Friday but has still not cleared the league's concussion protocol. We'll get an announcement either way prior to Sunday morning and possibly as soon as Saturday, while Barkley will start for the Bills in Tennessee if his younger teammate does not receive clearance.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||New York Jets||17||19.13|
|3||09/27||Los Angeles Rams||11||17.13|
|4||10/04||@Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|6||10/16||Kansas City Chiefs||14||17.89|
|7||10/25||@New York Jets||17||19.13|
|8||11/01||New England Patriots||1||11.06|
|12||11/29||Los Angeles Chargers||8||15.63|
|13||12/08||@San Francisco 49ers||15||18.00|
|16||12/29||@New England Patriots||1||11.06|
|3 Year Avg||56.0||197||1||1||-2||0||11|