The Eagles were able to get a lot out of their selection of A.J. Feeley.
Andy Reid drafted his first backup quarterback during the 2001 NFL Draft. During his days at the University of Oregon, Adam Joshua Feeley shared the Ducks’ quarterback room with Akili Smith and Joey Harrington before landing on Philly’s radar. The Eagles took him with the 155th overall selection during Round 5 of the 2001 NFL Draft.
During his rookie season, Feeley held things down as Philly’s third-string quarterback while sitting behind Donovan McNabb and Koy Detmer. The only time he would see the field would be during the regular-season finale versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He completed ten of his 14 pass attempts for 143 yards. He also tossed two touchdowns and one interception in the 17-13 win.
In 2002, A.J. became a bit of a hero. Both McNabb and Detmer went down with injuries, and A.J. was thrust into the limelight. Feeley notched a 4-1 record as the starter during the Eagles’ final five games. That helped the Birds secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Following the 2003 season, Philadelphia traded the former fifth-round pick to the Miami Dolphins for a second-round pick. That was a steal!
Feeley would play one full season with the Dolphins before being traded to the Los Angeles Chargers in the middle of the 2005 season. In 2006, he returned to Philly to, once again, occupy a backup role. He saw playing time versus the Indianapolis Colts in Week 12 and versus the Atlanta Falcons in Week 17.
He spent one more season with the Birds, signed with the Carolina Panthers in 2009, and ended his career with St. Louis Rams in 2011.