DOLPHINS INTRODUCE FEELEY

The Miami Dolphins introduced their first acquisition of the offseason when they held a press conference today for quarterback A.J. Feeley.

Feeley, who was acquired in a trade with Philadelphia for a second-round draft pick in 2005, was simply happy to be here.

"Coach Reid [Eagles head coach] told me the news about the trade and my initial reaction was that I was excited," said Feeley. "I was coming to a team with a lot of weapons on it and I'm now here to somehow just make this team better."

Feeley, who went 4-1 in his five starts for an injured Donovan McNabb in 2002, said it was a difficult situation for him last season because some fans placed the Eagles' early-season struggles squarely on McNabb and wanted Feeley to replace him.

"It was tough to hear fans chanting my name when Donovan was going through a rough time," said Feeley.

Naturally, then, the name Jay Fiedler was quickly brought up. Reporters asked if Feeley expected to be the starter once he came down to Miami.

"I expect to come in here and compete and have an opportunity to play," Feeley said. "That's all I've asked for."

Fiedler re-signed with the team with the expectation that he and Feeley would compete for the starting quarterback spot this offseason, as opposed to it just being handed to the newcomer Feeley.

"I'll get down here as soon as possible and grind it out and just be a gym rat," said Feeley. "I learned in Philly that I can play in this league and all the hard work in the offseason is worth it.

"This is just another chance to prove it to myself and everyone else and build on what I've learned already," said Feeley.


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