Will Barkley get the call against New York Jets?

The Buffalo News - - NFL - By Vic Carucci NEWS SPORTS RE­PORTER

Will it be Matt Barkley time when the Buf­falo Bills face the New York Jets on Sun­day?

His ex­ten­sive work with starters in prac­tice, Josh Allen be­ing listed as ques­tion­able with an el­bow in­jury, Derek An­der­son be­ing side­lined with a con­cus­sion, and coach Sean McDer­mott not nam­ing a starter for the game Fri­day raises that as a dis­tinct pos­si­bil­ity.

Barkley, who the Bills signed as a free agent 10 days ago, said af­ter Fri­day’s work­out that he, Allen and Nathan Peter­man have re­ceived an equal share of prac­tice reps this week.

“I haven’t been told any­thing,” Barkley said. How­ever, he added, “All of us are pre­par­ing like we can play.”

Barkley just might seem like a more at­trac­tive op­tion for McDer­mott af­ter he watched Peter­man throw three in­ter­cep­tions, in­clud­ing a pick-six, in last Sun­day’s loss against Chicago.

The Bills are Barkley’s fifth team since the Philadel­phia Ea­gles made him a fourth-round draft pick from USC in 2013. The oth­ers in­clude Ari­zona, Chicago and Cincin­nati.

“I’ve been in grind mode, to put it bluntly,” Barkley said. “Just stay­ing as long as I can, meet­ing with the staff. I was with one of our of­fen­sive as­sis­tants in Philly, Shea Tier­ney. We were to­gether and so he’s been re­ally, re­ally help­ful in just get­ting me caught up to speed with ev­ery­thing.

“I think, to my ad­van­tage, I don’t have to learn the whole play­book. I have to learn this game plan and last week I felt com­fort­able with the game plan for the Bears, and this week is the same. I know what we’re do­ing this week and that’s all that mat­ters. My com­fort level is high.”

Run­ning back LeSean McCoy, for one, sounded as if the de­ci­sion to go with Barkley had al­ready been made. McCoy got to know him when they were team­mates in Philadel­phia.

“He’s a smart kid, he’s in­tel­li­gent,” McCoy said. “He’ll have a tough time (Sun­day), be­cause they’re a good de­fense and it’s a fresh start. But I don’t think it’s noth­ing that he can’t han­dle. We’ll sup­port him and we’ll be be­hind him, so I’m sure he’ll have a good game. It’ll be a tough matchup, it’s a good de­fense.”

Barkley said his great­est chal­lenge is de­vel­op­ing tim­ing with his re­ceivers.

“The longer you’re with a guy, the bet­ter you know him,” he said. “But I think the guys that we have here are fairly easy to read, just in terms of get­ting in and out of breaks and see­ing their body lan­guage.

“I feel great. I mean, with what we have, a lot of it is car­ry­over from what I’ve done in the past, in Chicago, Ari­zona and in col­lege, even. This stuff feels sec­ond na­ture to me. It’s just some of the ter­mi­nol­ogy is new, but the plays are foot­ball and I’ve run them be­fore. So, again, it’s a mat­ter of tim­ing and just mak­ing sure that I’m good with the guys I’m play­ing with.”

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