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Sanchez, Barkley battle for backup QB spot

Mark Sanchez or Matt Barkley.

Barkley or Sanchez.

As of now, it's a complete toss-up who will be backing up Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Nick Foles.

Sanchez signed as a free agent after leaving the New York Jets and Barkley received limited snaps as a rookie last season. Both players are former standouts at USC.

"If my role is going to be to help Nick get ready for the season, help Nick get ready for Week 1 or preseason games, I'm going to be ready for whatever they need me to do," Sanchez told The Associated Press' Rob Maaddi. "It's nice to be with somebody like Nick who really works hard, who wants to compete, who wants to throw a couple extra after practice."

Sanchez took notice of the Eagles' high-powered offense from afar last season.

"I think what they did last year was just the tip of the iceberg for these guys," Sanchez said. "If we continue to work, if we continue to improve, that was the real enticing thing."

Barkley threw four interceptions and lost one fumble over two dubious games when Foles and Michael Vick both were injured last season.

One season later, Barkley is more comfortable.

"It feels like my offense now," Barkley said. "Last year, it felt like it was Oregon's offense. It feels like the offense that I've been running for a while now. All of the calls, all the checks, it just comes to you quickly without having to think about it now."

Barkley said he's 100 percent and his arm strength is better than ever.

"I feel like I have more torque, more velocity on the ball," Barkley said. "I feel confident in being able to put it anywhere I need to."