QB A.J. Feeley - Los Angeles Rams
|6-3, 225||Born: 5-16-1977||College: Oregon||Drafted: Round 5, pick|
2011 Week 1 vs PHI (1 / 5 / 21 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Feeley entered game in garbage time, due to Bradford's hand injury, and was adequate but relied mainly on short passes.
2011 Week 7 vs DAL (20 / 33 / 196 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Stepping in for the injured Sam Bradford, AJ Feeley made his first NFL start since 2007. Surprisingly, he was somewhat effective. Aside from an interception and Carnell Williams fumble off of a screen pass, Feeley was able to average 6 yards per attempt and complete 60% of his passes against the Dallas defense. The biggest problems he (and the entire Rams offense) had was inconsistency on big downs. The Rams had far too many third-and-long situations to go and too many drives that stalled after it seemed like they had gained momentum. Feeley showed surprising accuracy and velocity on medium range routes and routes to the sideline. He was effective in getting the ball to newly acquired Brandon Lloyd, leading him in-stride on a number of crossing patterns and slants. Otherwise, Feeley was unable to get much going in the Red Zone for the Rams.
2011 Week 8 vs NO (20 / 37 / 175 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Feeley took a little while to warm into the starter role, and once he did, was able to limit his mistakes and lead his team to a big upset. Early on, twice he nearly hooked up with Brandon Lloyd, who had his man beat deep. The first pass was just barely tipped away, and the second overthrown. It took Feeley a while to get into a rhythm on his short throws as well, but once he did, that became the game plan and he spread the ball out well enough for it to be successful: Get the ball to the wideouts in motion and let them do the rest. And they did. The Saints brought a lot of pressure early on and so it would appear that the short passing game was more of an adjustment to that than anything. Once Feeley got going, he typically made good, quick reads, and was most successful when working out of the shotgun. Successful swing passes, reverses, and screens kept the Saints defense on their toes, allowing him a little more time in the pocket as the game progressed. Feeley relied more on smarts than athleticism. For example, wisely passing to Lloyd near the end zone - who was being held on the play - to draw the penalty. His TD pass was a nice bit of timing as he threaded the needle between two defenders to hit Lloyd in the end zone. He did limit mistakes, but also made a few - notably, losing the ball near his own goal line, which gave the Saints their first score. Before that point, the Saints had no momentum at all. He's likely to head to the bench in favor of Sam Bradford soon, but showed that he is more than capable as a starter for this team.
2011 Week 10 vs CLE (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Feeley came in for one play and handed off to Steven Jackson.
2011 Week 13 vs SF (12 / 22 / 156 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Feeley had a poor performance as the Rams offense was overmatched by the angered 49ers defense, who were coming off a tough loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The 49ers were able to put pressure on Feeley for the entire game. The constant pressure never gave Feeley enough time to hit his outside receivers. Feeley was forced to throw quick out patterns or wide receiver screens for most of the game. Feeley looked rusty as he missed a few open receivers. He was never really asked to open it up even when the Rams were three scores down. It seemed as the Rams conceded this loss in the 4th quarter, and they continued to call conservative plays until the end of the game.
2007 Week 11 vs MIA (13 / 19 / 116 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Feeley replaced an injured QB Donovan McNabb late in the second quarter. He led Philadelphia on a seven play, 62 yard touchdown drive, capped off by an eight yard run by RB Correll Buckhalter, to start the second half and give the Eagles their first lead of the game. He iced the game with a four yard touchdown pass to WR Jason Avant in the fourth quarter. The former Dolphins quarterback finished the game with 116 yards passing, one touchdown, and one interception.
2007 Week 12 vs NE (27 / 42 / 345 / 3 / 3 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
If not for his two interceptions to Asante Samuel, Feeley would have had a spectacular night quarterbacking the Philadelphia offense. In the time between those two picks, the quarterback led the Eagles on four touchdown scoring drives that put up 28 points on a defense that came into the contest only giving up 16 points per game. He was outstanding in the first half completing 14 of 20 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns. Feeley followed up his exceptional first half with a second half that included 152 more passing yards and his third touchdown pass of the game. A number of times throughout the contest he hung in the pocket in the face of unblocked blitzers to complete passes, and he seemed to have a knack for finding wide open receivers for big gains. Feeley's third interception of the game came in the fourth quarter with 18 seconds remaining.
2007 Week 13 vs SEA (19 / 42 / 220 / 1 / 4 pass, 4 / 14 / 0 rush)
Feeley started his second consecutive game in place of an injured Donovan McNabb and Philly fans may be wishing for a new quarterback next week based on his performance. Feeley started by throwing interceptions on two of his first five passes, and four in total. All of the interceptions can be blamed on him as the passes were thrown directly to the defensive player. It appeared that he was trying to hard to make things happen by repeatedly throwing into double coverage and staring down his receivers before throwing the ball. His first half numbers were adequate, ten of 18 for 154 yards, but he seemed to really regress in the second half. His passes were usually off target high or the passes would be thrown into coverage. There were two passes along the sideline that were caught out of bounds, but if the ball had been thrown a little quicker the receiver would have been able to make the catch in bounds.
2006 Week 12 vs IND (4 / 5 / 21 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Feeley came in after Garcia's fourth quarter fumble was returned for a touchdown. He completed four of his five passes on the final drive of the game, but he suffered the same fate as Garcia. His final play was a sack where he fumbled and Indianapolis recovered. Feeley came in when the game was out of reach, and given Garcia's solid performance, it is not anticipated that he will step into the starting job.
2006 Week 17 vs ATL (22 / 33 / 321 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Feeley entered the game at the start of the second Eagles possession. He marched Philadelphia down the field completing passes to WR Hank Baskett before hitting backup TE Matt Schobel on a quick slant from fourteen yards out. He lucked out on the touchdown pass because it was tipped by LB Keith Brooking before being caught. He missed WR Greg Lewis down the left sideline at the start of the second quarter, but connected with him on a very crisp 12 yard slant to start the next drive. Feely was flagged for intentional grounding midway through the second quarter when under a heavy pass rush he flipped the ball towards empty space in the right flat. His second touchdown pass was a quick slant on the goal line to WR Jason Avant. He nearly had a touchdown on the previous play as well, but backup FB Thomas Tapeh dropped a pass in the right flat that would have been an easy score. During the middle of the third quarter Feeley directed a 72 yard drive completing eight passes and targeting seven different receivers, but PK David Akers put the chip shot field goal attempt off the upright. He ran the Eagle offense with poise and confidence completing short passes all over the field. Feeley threw his third touchdown on a deep corner route to WR Hank Baskett. He laid it in perfectly allowing Baskett to turn it up the field for the 89 yard score.