Feeley feels fine in Philly offense against Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A.J. Feeley looked comfortable wearing a Philadelphia uniform again, and the Eagles' offense was impressive with him calling the signals.
Two days after being re-signed by Philadelphia, Feeley led the Eagles (2-3) on three straight scoring drives, but his teammates couldn't hold the lead in a 20-17 loss to the New York Jets (2-2) in the teams' exhibition finale last night at a rain-soaked Giants Stadium.
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.
"It's the West Coast offense, so I've been in it for a couple of years," Feeley said. "There were only a couple of things that were unfamiliar. For the most part, it was just like I was going back to work here in Philly."
Former University of Hawai'i standout Timmy Chang completed 9-of-17 passes for 88 yards with three interceptions.
BENGALS 20, COLTS 3
INDIANAPOLIS — Carson Palmer and Chad Johnson hooked up for three completions, Rudi Johnson ran for 45 yards and Chris Henry caught a 14-yard touchdown pass before Cincinnati pulled its starters in a victory over Indianapolis' backups.
The Bengals (4-0) completed their first perfect exhibition season in franchise history. Their previous best was 5-0-1 in 1971. Indianapolis finished the preseason at 1-3.
The Colts announced yesterday that kicker Adam Vinatieri was being treated for a sprained ligament and a bone chip. Coach Tony Dungy expects Vinatieri to be ready for the season opener.
TITANS 35, PACKERS 21
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Rookie quarterback Vince Young showed poise in his first preseason start, consistently turning third downs into first downs as Tennessee (1-3) beat Green Bay (1-3).
Young played the Titans' first three series and returned for much of the third quarter of the two teams' preseason finale, completing 8-of-17 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. The third overall pick in the draft was particularly effective on third down, going 5 for 6 for four first-down conversions and a 16-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Wade in the first quarter.
49ERS 23, CHARGERS 14
SAN FRANCISCO — Michael Robinson ran for two touchdowns in the second quarter to help San Francisco (2-2) end the preseason with a victory over San Diego (2-2).
Robinson carried 12 times for 59 yards, scoring on runs of 1 and 13 yards in the second quarter. San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith played only three series, completing 1-of-4 passes for 11 yards.
Bears: Chicago trimmed its roster to 63 players yesterday, cutting 11 players, including former University of Hawai'i standout Abraham Elimimian.
Trade: The New York Jets acquired defensive end Bobby Hamilton from the Oakland Raiders yesterday for an undisclosed draft pick. This will be Hamilton's second stint with the Jets, having played for them from 1996-99. The 12-year veteran spent two years with the Raiders, recording 102 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks and starting 28 games.
Patriots: The NFL Players Association filed a grievance yesterday on behalf of holdout wide receiver Deion Branch after New England did not trade him before the team-imposed deadline for him to seek a deal. Richard Berthelsen, lawyer for the union, said the grievance alleges that the Patriots "reneged" on an agreement to trade their best receiver, who is entering the last season of a five-year contract he signed as a rookie.
Rams: Former Pro Bowl running back Stephen Davis agreed to a contract with St. Louis yesterday after playing last season with Carolina. The Rams plan to use him as a backup to Steven Jackson.
Cardinals: Matt Leinart's shoulder injury is not serious and Arizona coach Dennis Green said yesterday that the rookie quarterback might be available for the regular-season opener Sept. 10.