- Jane McManus, Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Some New York Jets have a lot on the line Friday night against the New York Giants in the third preseason game. Wide receiver Greg Salas, in particular, would like to take big step toward securing a roster spot after a long training camp.
"We'll see how much I get to play and how everything works [out], but every game is a big game," Salas said Wednesday. "Every time you step out on that field is huge. I can only do my best."
Salas, 25, has just 35 receptions since entering the NFL out of Hawaii in 2011. But Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg makes it clear that Salas is a valued member of the receiver corps.
"We don't care about [big] names," Mornhinweg said. "We only care about the play and the production and how a man can help our football team. I know that I trust Salas an awful lot."
In his Jets debut, Salas caught two passes for 57 yards in a 26-20 victory over New Orleans on Nov. 3.
"He came in and he was here a very brief time and helped us win a couple ballgames last year," Mornhinweg said. "[He] has performed at a high level and on a consistent basis as well, and so that's certainly what we're looking for. He has sure hands, he does everything right, typically, and he's a talented guy."
"I feel bad for the rookies," Salas said. "We had three rookies in the room and only [Quincy Enunwa] is left."
Jets coach Rex Ryan has lauded Salas for being consistent, and he also has been healthy. That can't be discounted.
"If you're on the field, then you can show what you can do," Salas said.