- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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One throw. One touchdown.
Drew Willy will sign up for that any day of the week.
"Any time you can throw a touchdown on your first throw, that's a great thing," the Jets backup quarterback said of his touchdown throw in the Jets' 24-14 loss. "I enjoyed it and was just happy to get out there and get a chance."
Coming into Thursday's final preseason game against the Eagles, Willy had been unsure of how long he would play. He knew he would get in, but with Greg McElroy ahead of him on the depth chart, he wasn't sure when his chance would come.
It came in the second quarter as McElroy injured his hand on a throw. With fellow backup Mark Brunell out with a pulled calf, the Jets thrust Willy right into action. On his first play, he hooked up with Scotty McKnight on a back-shoulder pass for a 14-yard touchdown that tied the game at 7-7.
"Me and him worked together a lot in practice," Willy said. "That was great to see. He made a terrific catch and protection was great there."
While Willy could be cut when rosters get trimmed in the next few days, he had a fine performance in his extended showcase Thursday. He finished 9-for-17 for 109 yards and one touchdown.
"Anytime you get a chance to go out there and compete, that's what I love to do. If you want to be great at something, you go out there and compete for a job. Obviously I never want to see Greg get hurt, we've become really close. It's too bad," Willy said. "I think I made some throws here and there and I'm just trying to get better each and every day and look at the film tomorrow and see what I could have done better because I'm sure there's a lot of things I could have done better."