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Matt Barkley hasn’t met Michael Vick but he’s competed against and has gotten to know Nick Foles.
Barkley plans to compete to be the first starting quarterback of the Chip Kelly era in Philadelphia, not defer or cower to anyone else with the same objective, Geoff Mosher of CSN Philadelphia reports.
“Well, they’ve both done great things, and Michael has had an unbelievable career,” Barkley said Friday, after the team’s first rookie camp practice. “You come in as a teammate to them, not as a fan. You come in as someone who is ready to compete against them at the same time.
“I’ll get to know them those guys, and I’m sure from what I’ve heard they are outstanding men, but you come in knowing that you have a job and they’re trying to take that job as well, so it’s competition, you know. Competing is what it’s all about.”
Barkley, who set all sorts of college and conference passing records at USC, is acclimating to Kelly’s fast-paced offense that has some similarities to offenses that Barkley engineered in the past but also has plenty of differences.
Many wonder how he fits into the picture, given his lack of mobility and arm strength that recently came under criticism of scouts and talent evaluators and assisted in his descent from a potential top-15 draft pick if he had come after his junior year to the first pick of the fourth round, 98th overall.
Barkley hardly seemed overwhelmed or skeptical.
“You know, I’ll make it fit,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what plays we run, I’m going to find a way to help this team out, and I know Coach Kelly has a way of working things out as well in terms of how he schemes and how he calls plays, so I’m not worried. I’m just worried about the here and now and what I can do right now.”
Like Foles did, Barkley caught first-hand glimpses of Kelly’s Oregon offenses during their Pac-12 clashes, many of which were high-scoring shootouts that put up crooked numbers on the scoreboard.
Two years ago, he threw for 323 yards and four touchdowns against the Ducks. Last year, he passed for 484 yards and five touchdowns against Kelly’s defense.
“As an opponent it’s difficult because you always are going back on the field after a score, it feels like, not a punt or a turnover or anything,” Barkley recalled, “so as an opponent you are always on your heels in terms of, ‘Oh I have to get back up get back on and score.’
“So there is a lot of pressure, and now that I’m on this end, it’s a better situation and hopefully we can put that pressure on other teams.”
For the first time, he actually gets to run Kelly’s offense instead of rooting against it. And although there are plenty of offensive concepts that he’s learning for the first time, Barkley welcomed the opportunity to showcase his potential here.
“I love it. It’s a new challenge,” he said. “It’s new terminology. It’s like learning a new language in a short time period and so it’s the next step. I’m embracing it, and I loved being out there [Friday].”
Jets QB Mark Sanchez speaks to the media for the first time since New York drafted QB Geno Smith and vows to be the opening-day starter.
Samsung has announced some of its launch partners for the Galaxy S 4 which will include some 327 carriers in 155 countries.
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We were told we wouldn’t be hearing any pricing or availability information about the OLPC XO-4 until later in the week, but it didn’t take the One Laptop Per Child folks too long to let us know a little more about their gameplan. Just a short while ago, OLPC let us know that its recently announced XO-4 kid-friendly laptop will sell for $ 206 per unit with a minimum purchase of 10,000 units, while pricing is said to be lowered with a greater volume order. Additionally, the company noted that it’s planning on meeting its own expectations and starting mass production in March, which should be more than enough time for interested parties to start figuring out just how many OLPC XO-4 orders they will be placing. Oh, and in case you’re interested, we also got some hands-on video earlier today — you can check that out right after the break.
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Raiders HC Dennis Allen has done what John Fox did to Brady Quinn and what Rex Ryan did to Tim Tebow by sideswiping the #2 QB to start the #3. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor will start on Sunday as the Raiders play their final game of the year on the road, facing the San Diego Chargers with a 4:25 PM ET kick-off.
The Cleveland Browns are giving a first career start to quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, a former St. Louis Ram and Duke Blue Devil. The Arizona Cardinals are giving a first career start to quarterback Brian Hoyer.
The Raiders are 29th in PPG, one year after Hue Jackson led them to a 16th ranking.
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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid announced on Monday that rookie quarterback Nick Foles played the second half of Sunday’s 27-20 loss to the Washington Redskins with a broken right hand that will keep the third round pick out of Arizona out of the regular season finale against the New York Giants.
Specifically, Reid said that an MRI revealed that Foles suffered a hairline fracture of the second metatarsal of his throwing hand.
“Nick will obviously not play”, Reid said according to the team’s official website. “This was something that showed up on the MRI this morning, it wasn’t present on the X-ray.”
Foles completed 32-of-48 pass attempts for 345 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the loss. In six starts since replacing an injured (and often ineffective) Michael Vick, Foles completed 60.8 percent of his pass attempts for 1,699 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions for a passer rating of 79.1. Foles had a passer rating of 85.0 or higher in four of his six starts and is expected to compete for the starting quarterback job in 2013.
With Foles out, the Eagles could turn back to Vick for the season finale, though a final determination has not been made.
“There’s a pretty good chance Michael will be the starter,” Reid said. “That’s what we’re looking at right now. That’s the direction I’m going as we speak right now.”
That may be the direction Reid is going, but the front office may want to go in a different direction. Vick is due $ 15.5 million in base salary next season, $ 3 million of which is guaranteed for injury. If Vick is on the Eagles’ roster two days after Super Bowl XLVII, that $ 3 million will become fully guaranteed. Avoiding that potential contract obligation is believed to be the reason behind the team’s previous decisions to not only name Foles the starter for the remainder of the regular season, but to make Vick inactive even after he was medically cleared to play.
If Vick were to be injured in the season finale, and could not pass an exit physical or a physical in February, the Eagles would be on the hook for that $ 3 million, regardless of whether or not Vick remains on the active roster. Since Reid is expected to be relieved of his duties, perhaps as early as next week, it would not be a surprise if the team ultimately decides that starting Trent Edwards is the starter for Week 17.
Adding to its catalogue of flagship 4G slabs, EE’s launched its first tablet for its relatively young network. You can read up our thoughts on how the stylus-friendly tablet handled in our review, but the addition of some high-speed data should add another temptation — if you’re willing to pay for it. Prices for the Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE start at £99 upfront with 8GB of monthly data at £36 monthly, or you can pick up the 5GB plan (after an initial payment of £200) at £30.99 per month. Choosing the smaller 3GB option will set you back £250 to start with, followed by 24 rounds of £26.
EE’s also has the Nexus 7 for sale, pairing the WiFi-only device with its own MiFi dongle. One-off payments are £30 for both the 8GB and 5GB services, or £50 for the 3GB option. Monthly costs match the Samsung tablet above, and you’ll be able pick up either device (alongside that two-year contract) starting today.
While Netflix is entering into the exclusive content game, it’s not giving up on its roots as a streaming service delivering movies from other content creators.