Former NFL quarterback and ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer told 97.5 The Fanatic in Philly that rookie Matt Barkley reminds him of Eli Manning.
“I thought he was a first round talent,” Dilfer said, per Black Sports Online. “But when you look at his film, I was really intrigued because of what he does as a player, are really graduate level things. Line of scrimmage control, controlling the run game, Pre-snap reads, adjustments, anticipating blitz packages and it really reminded me of Eli Manning. I took out Eli’s tape from Ole Miss and it was amazing the comparisons between the two. The more tools you give them to control the game at the line of scrimmage to help their teams, where they can use their cognitive skills and talents as well as their physical talents, that’s where you really see the wholeness of them as a quarterback come out.”
“There is not a lot of difference between Matt Barkley and Eli Manning in their senior film,” said Dilfer. “In fact, I would argue that Matt’s college film is slightly better than Eli’s film.”
Dilfer believes Barkley is a good fit for the Eagles offense.
“I think his skill set matches very well with what I believe Philly is going to do offensively — being a quick decision-making offense in the passing game,” said Dilfer. “They are going to put the keys in the quarterback’s hands and will ask him to do a lot, to make quick decisions, move the chains and get into the end zone.”
“I think if Chip Kelly is true to his word, which I know him to be, it will truly be a competition day in and day out, and if that’s the case, then Michael Vick is up for a very hard fight with Matt Barkley.”
“I think Matt Barkley will thrive in this system right away because it’s perfectly built for him and it’s something his football pedigree has prepared him for. Michael is a clear-minded guy and I think he will thrive in it too, but it will be a fierce competition. If Michael doesn’t grasp it and thrive in the quick-decision passing game early on, then Matt Barkley will get some opportunities to get some snaps.”