Enter: Matt Barkley.
The Eagles' fourth-round draft pick has entered the game against the New York Giants just one week after making his NFL debut against the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday.
Barkley had one of the toughest NFL debuts you're ever going to see. In one quarter of play, he was 11-for-20 for 129 yards and three interceptions. He was picked off a fourth time but that was called back due to a Cowboys offsides penalty. It was tough because everybody and their mother knew the Eagles needed to throw the ball so Barkley was working uphill on that one.
Barkley threw for the fifth most yards (129) among rookie quarterbacks who have thrown three or more interceptions with less than 20 passing attempts. Think about that for a second: 15% of Barkley's pass attempts were intercepted. 15%!
Of the four players who threw for more yards while still throwing three or more interceptions, only one of them, Lynn Dickey, also did not throw a single touchdown. The leader of the list is Steelers Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw who was 8-for-17 for 208 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions in a 7-3 victory over the Houston Oilers on October 18, 1970.
Now I presume that the players who threw for more yards were playing longer than one quarter in their first NFL game. I could be wrong but that's my assumption.
Either way, Barkley had a rough day but the debut jitters are gone! There's always a silver lining and hopefully he can pick himself up against New York.
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