Barkley was reportedly one of three QBs who worked out for the Patriots on Friday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. It remains to be seen if the Patriots add a quarterback in short order, or if the team is simply compiling a list of potential options to turn to should the team either choose to carry a third signal caller or be forced to sign one down the road in the event of injury.
Barkley will be the third-string quarterback in Saturday's preseason matchup with the Broncos, Cam Inman of The Mercury News reports. Barkley had been the No. 2 option behind starting quarterback Brian Hoyer, but C.J. Beathard has ousted him for the primary backup role, at least for one game. The shift doesn't set anything in stone, but it's not a great sign for Barkley's chances at the backup position on the final roster.
Barkley will compete with rookie C.J. Beathard for the primary backup quarterback role this preseason, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Initially, it seemed that No. 2 duties were on lock for Barkley, but Beathard's rapid progression has allowed a competition to emerge. The 26-year-old still figures to have an edge on the backup gig due to his prior NFL experience, but with a new coaching regime in town, the playing field may be more even than expected. Considering starter Brian Hoyer's lengthy injury history, whoever comes out of camp as the 49ers' primary backup will have a decent shot as seeing the field at some point this season.
Barkley signed with the 49ers on Thursday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. After signing Brian Hoyer to a two-year deal earlier Thursday, the 49ers further bolstered their quarterback situation by adding another former Bear in Barkley. The 26-year-old Barkley showed flashes of potential in his run as the Bears' starter in 2016, completing over 60 percent of his passes in his final five starts and throwing five touchdowns in that stretch. He was prone to turnovers, however, as he tossed a whopping 12 interceptions in that span and 14 interceptions overall. In any case, he'll likely serve as Hoyer's backup in coach Kyle Shanahan's quarterback-friendly system.
Barkley completed 10 of 14 passes for 125 yards and two interceptions while catching a two-yard touchdown pass in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Vikings, and he ended the season with 1,611 yards and eight touchdown passes against 14 interceptions. Barkley had a pair of strong fantasy performances when the Bears fell behind opponents in two of his first four starts, but after throwing 10 interceptions in the last three games of the season, he seems to have cemented his status as an NFL backup. He'll be a free agent this off-season, and he'll likely end up with a team that will give him a chance to compete for a roster spot.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/22||Los Angeles Rams||11||16.00|
|10||11/12||New York Giants||12||17.00|
|17||12/31||@Los Angeles Rams||11||16.00|
|3 Year Avg||59.7||537||3||5||1||0||34|