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Matt Barkley adjusts to 'least amount of pressure' in football career

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02:56 PM ET 06.25 | Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Matt Barkley is no stranger to the spotlight after careers as the four-year starter at both Mater Dei High School and USC, which has made his transition to the NFL an easy one. Barkley told Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer that the dialed down expectations have been a different feeling and that it is actually the least amount of pressure he's had playing football. "I think right now is the least amount of pressure, to tell you the truth, the least amount of attention," Barkley said. "I don't mind it either way; you just get used to it. But now, with how the whole draft turned it, it allows me to not worry about anything but just put my head down and work, be focused." After eight years as the starting quarterback for two nationally-prestigious programs, Barkley isn't expected to earn the starting job with the Eagles right away, although it isn't necessarily out of the question. Instead he'll play behind Michael Vick and Nick Foles, each of whom started games for the 4-12 Eagles in 2012.

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June 25, 2013  03:38 PM ET

Philly fans will boo either way, so there's no pressure to prove yourself to them

June 25, 2013  05:17 PM ET

Some USC QBs are a real disappointment

June 25, 2013  05:37 PM ET

Is he really this naive?

June 25, 2013  06:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

MOST USC QBs are a real disappointment

Fixed.

June 25, 2013  08:00 PM ET
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Since plastic replaced leather helmets, all USC QBs have been a real disappointment

Fixedier.

June 25, 2013  08:34 PM ET

I'm ready to wait to give the kid a chance; he could be the Trojan QB who breaks through in the NFL.

June 25, 2013  08:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Is he really this naive?

Nah. The subtext is, "Man, I sure hope I'm not as successful as Leinart, Booty or Sanchez."

June 25, 2013  10:31 PM ET

McNabb is always wanting to help the younguns', he should clue Barkley in on Philly fan expectations.

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June 26, 2013  12:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Nah. The subtext is, "Man, I sure hope I'm not as successful as Leinart, Booty or Sanchez."

To be fair, it takes some skill to use a third appendage to balance your playbook in a hot tub while one hand has a Mai Tai and the other is groping a young co-ed.

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