Saturday, August 1, 2015

Feeley remains with team; Vick exempt

Feeley remains with team; Vick exempt


A.J. Feeley isn't going anywhere for now.

The Eagles' veteran quarterback remained on the 53-man roster that will be released at 6 p.m., according to a league source.

Michael Vick, meanwhile, will be placed on the team's exempt list, which means he cannot practice with the team. Vick can attend meetings and practice, but he cannot participate.The move allows the Eagles to keep three quarterbacks while Vick serves his two-game suspension that will end with a Week 3 game against Kansas City.

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Dan Klecko confirmed that he was released by the Eagles today.

"I thought I had a pretty good preseason, so I was a little surprised," Klecko said from his home in South Jersey. "But how much can you really be surprised in this league any more."

Klecko said the news was relayed to him by phone from Howie Roseman, the Eagles' vice president of player personnel.

"The last couple weeks, I guess I saw a little bit of the writing on the wall," Klecko said. "I was hoping if I played well enough in the games that it would matter, but I don't think it did."

The release of Klecko probably will allow second-year defensive end Bryan Smith to remain with the team. If that's the case, the Eagles' roster of defensive linemen will look like this: Smith, Trent Cole, Juqua Parker, Darren Howard, Chris Clemons, Trevor Laws, Jason Babin, Victor Abiamiri, Brodrick Bunkley and Mike Patterson.

Klecko's contributions as a pass-rushing defensive tackle became diminished because the Eagles have adopted an NFL trend of moving defensive ends to tackle on passing downs. Howard and Abiamiri were the Eagles' primary defensive tackles in passing downs at the end of last season and defensive coordinator Sean McDermott also used Cole and Parker in that role during the preseason. 

Klecko, the son of former New York Jets lineman Joe Klecko, had a brief but interesting tenure with the Eagles. He signed with the team as a free agent  before last season as a fullback. By the end of the Eagles' 2008 spring camps, Klecko had moved back to defensive tackle, but when the team struggled to run the football on short-yardage downs early last season, he again became a fullback.

With the signing of free-agent fullback Leonard Weaver this offseason, Klecko found himself back at defensive tackle. 

"It was fun," Klecko said. "It was a good experience. I learned a little more football from the offensive side and I'm a better football player for it. There is no bitterness."
Klecko said he hopes to be with another team by Monday and he believes he still has the ability to help a team as a fullback.
"I feel like I had a good enough preseason that I've earned a job somewhere, but you never know," he said. "I especially think I could still help a team in short-yardage and goal-line situations. I know the Eagles got Leonard and he's one of the best fullbacks in the league, but I feel like I can lend a hand at that position. I played a whole year there and I matured at that position."

The Eagles will reveal their 53-man roster at 6 p.m.

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