Two days after being re-signed by Philadelphia, Feeley led the
Eagles on three straight scoring drives, but his teammates couldn't
hold the lead in a 20-17 loss to the New York Jets in the teams'
exhibition finale Friday night at a rain-soaked Giants Stadium.
"I'm still learning the receivers' names, so I couldn't tell
you who I was throwing to and who I wasn't throwing to," Feeley
said. "I guess when I watch the game film I'll tell you who I was
throwing to. They were all making plays for me tonight."
Feeley, who led the Eagles to a 4-1 record in the last five
games of the 2002 season, was 9-of-12 for 131 yards.
"He did a nice job," coach Andy Reid said. "He told me he
knew everything in the gameplan. Not that I question his
intelligence, but we didn't give him much time."
New York rookie Brad Smith, a fourth-round pick who was drafted
as a wide receiver after starting at quarterback for four years at
Missouri, showed his versatility by catching, passing and rushing
the ball -- including a 9-yard go-ahead touchdown run.
He was 2-of-4 for 13 yards, caught one pass for 37 yards and ran
four times for 31 yards for the Jets (2-2).
"We thought we'd give him a shot, see what he can do," coach
Eric Mangini said of playing Smith at quarterback. "He gives us
some position flexibility there. I thought he did a nice job."
Smith replaced Patrick Ramsey at quarterback to start the fourth
"I was shocked and happy at the same time," Smith said. "It
was a weird situation, but I said, 'OK, let's go. Let's go win
With the Jets trailing 17-10, Smith led them on a 13-play,
41-yard drive capped by Mike Nugent's 30-yard field goal with 8:03
New York started its next possession on the Eagles 28, and Smith
was sacked by Darrell Lee to start the series. Five plays later,
Smith ran it in to give the Jets a 20-17 lead with 3:27 remaining.
The Eagles (2-3) had a chance to regain the lead with under 2
minutes left, but the Jets stuffed Bruce Perry on fourth down from
the goal line.
Feeley spent the last three years with Miami and was in camp
this summer with San Diego, but the Chargers cut him Monday. The
Eagles didn't wait long to re-sign the veteran who'll serve as a
backup to starter Donovan McNabb.
Jeff Garcia got the start for the Eagles, who like the Jets, sat
most of their starters. Garcia played Philadelphia's first three
series before being replaced by Feeley, and went 1-of-6 for 4
Feeley got the Eagles' offense moving immediately. On
third-and-6 from the Eagles 38, Feeley completed an 11-yard pass to
Jason Avant. The two hooked up again on the next play for a 26-yard
gain to the Jets 15.
Ryan Moats, fighting for the Eagles' third running back spot,
ran it in off right end to give Philadelphia a 7-0 lead 2:53 into
the second quarter. Moats finished with 65 yards on 15 rushes.
Feeley engineered a 12-play, 96-yard scoring drive on the
Eagles' next possession that was capped by Thomas Tapeh's 1-yard
run with 3:08 left in the half.
"You talk about a West Coast offense, it's a timing deal,"
Feeley said. "I did it for three years here. It clicked for me.
I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought about the West Coast
offense the last couple of years."
David Akers kicked a 39-yard field goal as time expired to end
the half, giving the Eagles a 17-0 lead.
Ramsey came in to start the third quarter and threw just two
passes on two drives -- including a 14-yard touchdown toss to Dante
Ridgeway with 11:50 left.
On New York's next possession, Nugent slipped slighty on the wet
Meadowlands turf, but still made a 49-yard field goal with 34
seconds left in the third quarter to make it 17-10.
New York signed veteran defensive back Hank Poteat earlier
in the day, and he had four tackles. ... The Jets also acquired
defensive end Bobby Hamilton from Oakland for an undisclosed draft
pick. ... Eagles offensive tackle Stefan Rogers sprained the medial
collateral ligament in his left knee. ... Eagles defensive tackle
Keyonta Marshall didn't play because he was ill. ... Cedric Houston
led the Jets with 108 yards on 25 carries.