PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Michael Vick made it one-and-done in his return to Philadelphia.
Not just one game.
Vick’s first game back in the city he called home for five seasons was reduced to nothing more than a one-play cameo, something more suitable for an Instagram video rather than the highlight reels he filled with the Eagles.
At least he didn’t play a part in New York’s disaster of a preseason finale. Cody Parkey made field goals of 54, 53 and 25 yards to help the Eagles beat the New York Jets 37-7 on Thursday night.
“For the guys that worked so hard, I hate for us to end it like we did,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “That was just an awful performance.”
Vick had few awful performances at the Linc, and he would have loved more time to add one more memorable moment at the stadium.
He handed off to Daryl Richardson on the Jets’ first play from scrimmage. He was then replaced by Matt Simms. Vick was cheered when he ran onto the field and got more applause when he left. He tipped his visor to the half-empty crowd at the Linc.
“It was warm. It was what I expected,” he said. “It goes to show the things that I did was greatly appreciated.”
The four-time Pro Bowl quarterback will start the season as Geno Smith’s backup.
Ryan said starting Vick was the right move.
“I know what Mike thinks of his time in Philadelphia, the people of Philadelphia,” Ryan said. “I know how Philadelphia thought of Mike. I just thought it was an appropriate thing to do and kind of let him send him off that way.”
Vick expected more of an extended sendoff - he said he thought he would play at least a quarter.
“It was abruptly brought to an end,” Vick said.
Vick resurrected his career in Philadelphia after missing two seasons while serving a prison sentence. He led the Eagles to the NFC East title in 2010, started for the NFC in the Pro Bowl and won the AP Comeback Player of the Year Award. Vick beat out Nick Foles for the starting job in camp last year. But Foles took over after Vick was injured in Week 5 and led the Eagles to the division crown.
He also came to former teammate Riley Cooper’s defense last season when the receiver was caught on film yelling a racial slur before a Kenny Chesney concert. Vick said this week he was upset that Cooper never returned a text during the offseason, though they have since cleared the air.
“It was something that we talked about and let go,” Vick said. “That entire locker room is filled with guys I have great friendships with.”
The Eagles (2-2) and Jets (2-2) rested most of their starters and several backups. Former Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez watched along with starter Foles from the Eagles’ sideline.
Parkey’s performance increased the rookie kicker’s chances of beating out Alex Henery for a roster spot. Henery, a fourth-round draft pick in 2011, was 1 for 3 in the preseason after missing a costly field goal in a 26-24 playoff loss to New Orleans.
Matt Barkley started for Philadelphia and threw for 253 yards and one touchdown and also ran in for a score.
The defending NFC East champion Eagles host Jacksonville in their season opener on Sept. 7. The Jets are home against Oakland.
Parkey, who led the NCAA in touchbacks as a senior at Auburn last year, was 2 for 2 in field-goal tries for Indianapolis before the Eagles acquired him in a trade last Wednesday.
He nailed a 54-yarder right down the middle in the second quarter and hit from 25 right before the half ended. His 53-yarder came in the third quarter. Parkey also had a few deep kickoffs.
Henery made two extra-points and had a pair of touchbacks, but didn’t try any field goals.
Barkley threw a 43-yard TD pass to Arrelious Benn in the first quarter. He ran in from the 7 in the fourth. Barkley was 21 for 33 before giving way to G.J. Kinne, who tossed a 21-yard TD pass to Trey Burton. Wide receiver Damaris Johnson took a shotgun handoff and ran for a 46-yard TD in the fourth.
New York’s only score came on Tajh Boyd’s 42-yard TD pass to Clyde Gates.
Ryan also declined to comment on Dimitri Patterson’s version of his mysterious absence. Patterson was suspended Tuesday for the rest of the preseason after he left the team, according to the Jets, and went missing last Friday night before the preseason game against the Giants without speaking to anyone in the organization. Ryan said he would comment Monday.
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