Greg Salas sets sights on catching on

August, 21, 2014
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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."

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AP Photo/Tony TribbleGreg Salas led the Jets with two catches for 31 yards last weekend in Cincinnati.
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."

Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley, Stephen Hill and David Nelson are the Jets' top wide receivers. Jacoby Ford is in the mix, and Salas and Clyde Gates are making a push to land coveted spots on the roster.

Salas is in a pretty good spot in advance of the first cut-down date. Two rookie wide receivers are out: Shaq Evans had shoulder surgery and Jalen Saunders has an undisclosed medical issue.

"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.
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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