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Will Matt Barkley be given a shot to start in Philadelphia?
We have already discussed the Cleveland Browns' quarterback situation, so there really isn't any reason to rehash that.
It's not like the NFL is starved of training camp battles on other fronts.
The selection of Matt Barkley in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL draft has put the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback situation under a microscope. It retained Michael Vick on a "prove it" contract earlier in the offseason and still has 2012 draft pick Nick Foles on the roster.
At this point, it's easy to conclude that there will be a three-way race for the starting job in Philadelphia later this summer.
For his part, Barkley seems game (via The Philadelphia Inquirer):
"I'm good to go," for rookie minicamp starting May 10, Barkley told reporters in a conference call Saturday. "I just can't wait to get into minicamps and prove myself and show that I do have a strong arm, and I am capable of playing in this league, and playing strong."
It's highly unlikely, though, that Barkley would be able to show enough to beat out both Vick and Foles for the job.
Meanwhile, the "surprise" selection of EJ Manuel in the first round of the draft late last month has raised some questions about the likelihood of Kevin Kolb starting the season under center for the Buffalo Bills. You simply don't invest a high pick on a quarterback with plans to sit him for a year or two. Those situations are few and far between in the NFL today.
While the Tennessee Titans did just this with Jake Locker back in 2011, I highly doubt that Kolb will impress the Bills enough to beat out an ultra-talented youngster such as Manuel.
This sentiment seems widespread.
Adam Schefter over at ESPN indicated as much in a Q&A session immediately after the draft:
Being that Manuel was drafted the earliest.....he has to be considered the favorite. That's part of the issue with drafting a QB in the first round: the expectations for him always are so high. Quarterbacks taken in mid-to-later rounds do not have the expectations that a high pick does.
So Manuel gets to soak up being a first-round pick, but the scrutiny and expectations are the flip side to it. Smith and Barkley also might get their chance at some point this season, but it would be an upset if Manuel was not the first QB from this draft class to start
While this really shouldn't be seen as a surprise, I am not entirely too sure Manuel will have success early in his career. He needs to gain more experience and seasoning before being thrown to the wolves. I had the Florida State product with a first-round grade, but he is still a bit of a project.
This will definitely be something to keep an eye on throughout the offseason and leading up to training camp.
The New York Jets are an entirely different situation. They selected Geno Smith in the second round of April's draft. The West Virginia product sat in the green room at Radio City Music hall enduring the entire first round before finally getting picked up an hour or so into Day 2.
His expectations are a bit different, especially with incumbent Mark Sanchez still on the roster. All things equal, and if Sanchez actually makes it out of camp without getting released, you would have to expect the former USC signal-caller will start. The primary reason for this is the ridiculous amount of money Sanchez is set to earn in 2013.
According to ESPN, it looks like New York will have a three-way race for the starting quarterback job in training camp.
The report goes on to indicate that new general manager John Idzik may utilize the same type of quarterback competition we saw with Seattle last season:
In the Jets' version, rookie Geno Smith will play the role of Wilson; he'll get every chance to show he can play. Sanchez bears similarities to both Flynn (big contracts) and Jackson (incumbents on thin ice). He has to get a decent number of reps because he could be the starter or he could be trade bait.
However unlikely a Sanchez trade might be, there is a good chance that Smith will be given every opportunity to earn the starting gig.
Again, it would be a less-than-stellar situation for a young quarterback. New York lacks the necessary weapons and scheme for Smith to be successful early in his career. The best scenario for him would be to sit for a season behind Sanchez or David Garrard.
Do the Jets have the patience to do this? That's the larger question.
Other teams that might find themselves in full-on quarterback controversy mode are the Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.
It should be interesting.
Vincent Frank is an NFL featured columnist here at Bleacher Report. Vincent is the head sports editor over at eDraft, co-host of Draft Sports Radio, which airs every Monday and Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. ET, and a fantasy writer for Pro Football Focus.
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