Both played well in Round 1 of their quarterback competition
Saturday while helping Miami beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 16-5 in
the preseason opener for both teams.
Adjusting to the absence of Ricky Williams, the Dolphins won
without a running game. Miami totaled 30 yards on 22 carries until
undrafted rookie Fred Russell burst up the middle for an 88-yard
gain in the final minute.
Fiedler was 7-of-11 for 89 yards. He started, played three
series and led Miami to two field goals.
"We came out and we were sharp," Fiedler said. "We were able
to move the ball and get points on the board."
Feeley, acquired in a trade in March from Philadelphia, is
seeking to supplant Fiedler, the starter the past four seasons.
Coach Dave Wannstedt has said he'll likely choose the starter after
the second exhibition game.
With second-team players on both sides, Feeley went 8-for-12 for
105 yards with an interception on a pass tipped at the line. One
incompletion was a spike to stop the clock, and another was
Feeley played three series and led the Dolphins to one score,
moving them 66 yards in the final two minutes of the first half for
a field goal.
"He's been very good from the day he got here," Wannstedt
Jaguars starting quarterback Byron Leftwich went 4-for-8 for 43
yards before leaving early in the second quarter.
"You want to win every game, but this was one to get your
mistakes out of the way," Leftwich said. "Our offense was real
black and white out there -- no game plan."
Fred Taylor carried only twice but had the Jaguars' biggest
gain, reversing his field for a 42-yard run on the fourth play of
"It was nice to see Fred get a run, and then we got him out of
there," coach Jack Del Rio said. "Byron was fairly sharp. I'm
pleased with his progress. He's good and getting better."
Reggie Williams, Jacksonville's top draft pick, caught one pass
for 8 yards. Reserve quarterback David Garrard led the Jaguars 38
yards for a score, converting three situations of third-and-7 or
Travis Minor, who inherited the starting job when Ricky Williams
retired, found little running room against the Jags' first-team
defense. He carried five times for zero yards and was stopped
behind the line on his first two attempts.
"The running game, we have a long way to go on that, we know,"
Rookie Josh Scobee, trying to challenge for the Jaguars' kicking
job, missed field-goal attempts of 42 and 24 yards before making a
Jacksonville's first score came when rookie Ernest Wilford
blocked a punt out of the end zone. Following the ensuing free
kick, Garrard moved them 38 yards for a field goal to make the
Miami reserve cornerback Korey Banks avoided serious injury when
he hurt his spine and was taken off the field immobilized on a
"He's going to be fine," Wannstedt said.
Dolphins WR Kendall Newson hurt his Achilles tendon in
the first half. ... Miami CB Alphonso Roundtree hurt his left leg
in the fourth quarter. ... Jaguars T Ephraim Salaam sprained his
right knee in the first half.