Started on the Practice Squad, Now He’s Here
“This team is particularly welcoming,” Jets wide receiver Greg Salas said. “It wasn’t hard to get used to this locker room…All the receivers are super cool. We’re always talking joking around in meeting out in practice. They’re a good group of guys.”
This week marks the first week that the receivers have all been healthy and active since Week 4. The injuries to Jeff Cumberland, Santonio Holmes, Clyde Gates, and Kellen Winslow’s suspension led them to adding David Nelson, Josh Cribbs, and Greg Salas to the roster.
“I was happy. Estastic!” Greg Salas said of being signed on October 15. “It’s all you can ever ask for, wish for, really, is a shot to play. I’m glad they picked me up and I was able to contribute while I’ve been here. It’s a dream come true, really.”
Salas’s debut game against New Orleans was his greatest so far. He was expected to play on only four-wide receiver sets, but when Jeremy Kerley left the game with an elbow injury his role expanded. He was the leading receiver in that game with 57 receiving yards.
This week, the Jets leading receiver and the guy he stepped in for, Jeremy Kerley, returns after a three game absence. Salas might see less time on the field because of it, but he knows a big piece of the Jets offense has been missing.
“It’s a big loss. It’s a huge loss,” Salas said. “[Kerley’s] been one of the most consistent and productive guys here. [He’s] a reliability. Him being the leader that he is. Having him out there and helping us out. He’s definitely someone who can contribute and help this team win, so it’s going to be big to have him back.”
The Jets haven’t won since Kerley’s last appearance on the field. During that period Salas had 7 receptions, for 137 yards. So 1/3 of Geno Smith’s 21 completed passes have been caught by Salas’s hands.
Salas thinks that with the whole receiving corp healthy again, things will start gelling better.
“Everyone’s been kind of nicked up and banged up,” Salas said. “Now we’re finally at the point where everyone’s healthy enough to get out onto the practice field. Just getting that timing and getting that chemistry with Geno. Being on the same page as the quarterback can be a big help.”
For the Jets sake, let’s hope he’s right. The offense can use all the help they can get after failing to get in the end zone the last two weeks.
For Salas despite the demotion he’ll go about things the same way. Get to the stadium, focus, and pop on his Drake-centric playlist.