The Philadelphia Eagles are set with Nick Foles as their starting quarterback, but there may be competition for the backup job between Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley.
The Philadelphia Eagles finished with the second-best offense in the NFL last season behind the record-breaking Denver Broncos.
This was largely due to their quarterback play. After a rough start to the season with Michael Vick, the Eagles started Nick Foles after Vick went down with a hamstring injury.
Foles took advantage of his prime opportunity and became the permanent starter. He finished with an 8-2 record and posted impressive stats. This consisted of 27 touchdown passes against a minuscule two interceptions for a 119.2 passer rating.
It remains to be seen whether Foles can maintain similar production since defenses will have had a full offseason to watch film on the quarterback, and losing wide receiver DeSean Jackson may hurt as well.
However, he will still have plenty of weapons to throw to with Jeremy Maclin returning and two incoming rookies in Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff.
Head coach Chip Kelly is an offensive guru, so he will look to get the best out of Foles again. His tutelage should also benefit Mark Sanchez, who was brought in to be the No. 2 quarterback.
His career as the New York Jets’ starter ended tragically, and he is looking to make a fresh start.
Matt Barkley, who was taken in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, will presumably remain as the third-string quarterback for the Eagles. He saw his most significant playing time when he filled in for Foles in a game against the Cowboys and failed to prove himself by throwing three interceptions.
The former USC signal caller will look to improve his game and be a reliable backup. If Sanchez is unable to recover from his struggles with the Jets, Barkley may snag the second-string job if he shows enough improvement.
The Eagles are not expected to release Barkley, so it is a certainty that they will carry three quarterbacks.