Barkley completed nine of 14 passes for 126 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in Thursday's preseason win over the Colts. He finished with a 117.0 rating.
The Bills are set at the top quarterback spot with Josh Allen, now and in the future, but Barkley has really cemented himself as a strong backup, dating back to a huge Week 10 performance over the Jets last season. He has no competition for the main backup role for 2019.
Barkley appears to hold an early edge over Tyree Jackson for the Bills' No. 2 quarterback role, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.
Though he boasts some intriguing physical tools, Jackson went undrafted in April, ensuring that he would face an uphill battle in his efforts to break camp with the Bills. While Jackson will still have the opportunity to showcase his skills in the preseason, Barkley has already shown he can be a serviceable No. 2 should something happen to Josh Allen. The USC product notably guided the Bills to a 41-10 victory Week 10 over the Jets last season, tossing two touchdowns in the outing.
Barkley signed a two-year contract extension with the Bills on Friday.
Barkley joined Buffalo in late 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 overtaken Anderson and the since-released Peterman as the team's No. 2 quarterback. Health permitting, Allen will serve as the Bills' top signal-caller for the foreseeable future, leaving Barkley as his primary understudy through 2020.
Barkley's teammate Josh Allen had a full week of practice this week and has been deemed fit to start Sunday against the Jaguars.
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 the former will 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 offense. With 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.
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 ESPN.com reports.
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.
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.
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 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.
Barkley completed 15 of 25 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 41-10 win over the Jets.
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, though Josh Allen (elbow) is the clear long-term starter and appears close to being game ready.
Barkley will start Sunday's game against the Jets.
With both Josh Allen (elbow) and Derek Anderson (concussion) already ruled out, Barkley will leap Nathan Peterman on the depth chart after the latter's career-long struggles continued in the 41-9 loss to the Bears in Week 9. Barkley, who will make his first NFL start since 2016, posted an unsightly 8:14 TD:INT while completing under 60 percent of his passes in seven games for the Bears that season. Even in the deepest of leagues, Barkley is makes for a difficult fantasy play given his lack of prior NFL success and dearth of weapons.
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.
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.
Barkley could start Sunday against the Jets if both Josh Allen (elbow) and Derek Anderson (concussion) are unavailable, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports.
Anderson has already been ruled out for Week 10, and Allen, despite 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.
The Bills signed Barkley to a one-year contract Wednesday, Chris Brown of the team's official site reports.
Barkley will give the Bills some healthy depth at quarterback with Josh Allen (elbow) and Derek Anderson (concussion) both battling injuries. The Bills have indicated that Nathan Peterman will likely serve as 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 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.
Barkley (knee) reached an injury settlement with the Bengals on Wednesday, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
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.
Barkley (knee) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
Barkley was in line for the backup role in Cincinnati prior to his injury in the team's preseason finale. Barring an injury settlement, he'll spend the remainder of the season on IR since he's not a candidate to be designated for return.
Barkley has been ruled out of Thursday's preseason game against the Colts due to a left knee injury, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
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, though Jeff Driskel was making a good push in the preseason at unseating Barkley, so they could be in the market for a signal-caller in the coming days. For the time being, Driskel and Logan Woodside are the remaining QBs on the roster.
Barkley signed with the Bengals on Saturday, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Barkley was with the Cardinals for the final seven weeks of last season, but he hasn't played in a game since 2016, when he was picked off 14 times in seven appearances for the Bears. He joins Jeff Driskell (arm) on the Cincinnati depth chart behind Andy Dalton, with the Bengals likely planning to add a draft pick or another veteran before training camp. Barkley likely will need to compete for a roster spot.
Barkley has signed with the Cardinals.
Barkley gives the Cardinals some added QB depth, with Carson Palmer (arm) on IR and current starter Drew Stanton dealing with a knee sprain. In any case, he's also behind Blaine Gabbert on the team's depth chart, so game action is not imminent for Barkley in his return to the team.
The Cardinals are expected to finalize a contract with Barkley ahead of the team's Week 11 game against the Texans, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports.
Making his second start in place of Carson Palmer (arm) during Thursday's loss to the Seahawks, Drew Stanton was unable to escape the contest unscathed, with the veteran quarterback diagnosed with a sprained knee following the game. According to Mortensen, the Cardinals are fearful that Stanton could miss at least the Week 11 game with the injury, so Barkley will be brought in to provide additional depth. If Stanton is in fact ruled out for Week 11, Blaine Gabbert would likely start the contest while Barkley would act as the team's backup.
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 was cut by the 49ers on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Barkley's professional star has faded despite four seasons in the league. He played in seven games for the Bears in 2016, but his stint resulted in just an 8:14 TD:INT ratio. The 26-year-old failed to beat out C.J. Beathard for a backup gig with the 49ers, but there's still a possibility he finds a backup job elsewhere.
Barkley completed both of his pass attempts for 19 yards in Sunday's preseason loss to the Vikings.
The 26-year-old played just six fourth-quarter minutes and has been used as the third QB in the 49ers' last two preseason contests. Barkley's lack of playing time and placement at the bottom of the depth chart doesn't bode well for his chances to win the primary backup job over C.J. Beathard, but he could still technically win the position battle if San Francisco elects to place its rookie signal caller on the practice squad to begin the year. Expect an official decision to be made after Thursday's preseason finale against the Chargers.
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