Ross Kelly, CBS Local Sports
Tim Tebow has made a big leap in locking up a roster spot with the Philadelphia Eagles as the team traded away backup quarterback Matt Barkley to the Arizona Cardinals. Tebow and Barkley had been battling throughout preseason for the team’s third QB job behind starter Sam Bradford and top backup, Mark Sanchez.
While this doesn’t officially sew up a roster spot for Tebow, all signs point to him making the 53-man roster. Chip Kelly could always decide to just have two quarterbacks on his roster but that seems extremely unlikely considering the fragility of Sam Bradford. Tebow completed 58.3% of his passes this preseason with two touchdowns and one interception. He also had 82 rushing yards and a score on the ground. However, he was also sacked five times in just 41 dropbacks while the other three Eagles’ quarterbacks combined were sacked just 4 times on 117 dropbacks. He still seems to be making the same mistakes (and has the same throwing motion) as he did when we last saw him in the NFL, but Chip Kelly should be able to make use of him in certain short-yardage situations.
If he does latch on with the Eagles, it will be quite the accomplishment as he has been out of the NFL for the past two seasons. His last regular season touchdown came on December 24, 2011 and most feel as though this is his last shot at being an NFL player.
Barkley goes from backing up one fellow USC trojan to another as he will hold the clipboard behind Carson Palmer in the desert. The trade was for a conditional draft pick and if Barkley is on the Cardinals’ roster for six games during the 2015 season, then the Eagles will receive a seventh-round pick.
Final cuts to trim rosters down to 53 players must be made by Saturday, September 5 at 4 pm et.