The Philadelphia Eagles featured Tim Tebow and Matt Barkley to battle for the third quarterback spot in the roster all training camp and offseason only to find their secondary back-up QB from the waiver wire.
The Eagles picked up Stephen Morris off waivers Monday and will be the No. 3 QB in the Philadelphia roster entering the 2015 season, according to ESPN.
The 23-year-old Morris, who was undrafted in the 2013 draft, was waived by the Jacksonville Jaguars, which signed Morris as part of the practice or offseason squad.
Barkley and especially Tebow played well in most of the Eagles’ preseason games but both did not make the cut in Philadelphia’s 53-man roster. Barkley was traded to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional seventh round pick in the 2016 draft. Tebow was released on Saturday.
Morris has zero experience in the NFL, but played and started 25 games in his last two years with the Miami Hurricanes in college football. In his last two seasons in college, he logged 3,000-plus passing yards. In his junior season, he had 3,345 passing yards on 245 of 421 completions with 21 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. In his senior year, he had 3,028 passing yards on 198 of 344 passes with 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
“Morris' athleticism makes him a good a passer on the move. He capably completes throws while rolling to his right or left after executing bootleg action in the backfield. He also displays intriguing athleticism, avoiding rushers with a side step before resetting and delivering accurate throws from the edge of the pocket,” Bucky Brooks, an NFL Media analyst, posted his scouting report of Morris in August of 2013. “Given the problems athletic quarterbacks pose to defenses, NFL coaches will certainly appreciate Morris' underrated movement skills.”
Morris will be playing behind starting quarterback Sam Bradford and primary back-up Mark Sanchez in Philadelphia.