As the preseason finale approaches and final roster cuts loom, WR
He’s not flashy in his route-running or catching, but the consistency he brings to the passing game is undeniable. When a ball is thrown Salas’ way, it’s safe to bet it’ll end up in his hands.
“As a receiver, that’s what you’re supposed to do. Catching the ball is the most important thing you can do,” he said. “That’s what I make sure I do. I do take a lot of pride in it. You never want to drop a ball. That’s always a missed opportunity when that happens. You've always got to catch the ball.”
A hip injury forced Salas to miss the preseason opener against Indianapolis, but it didn’t keep him down. He pushed himself to get back and has caught four passes for 53 yards and one touchdown in the last two preseason games.
His sure hands have caught the attention of offensive coordinator Mary Mornhinweg, who said the team doesn’t look at names of players but rather at their production.
“I know that I trust Salas an awful lot," Mornhinweg said. "He came in and he was here a very brief time and helped us win a couple ballgames last year. 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."
Salas is well aware of the depth at wide receiver on the Green & White roster, but said he doesn’t see it as a challenge. Instead, he said, it’s a plus for the Jets.
He was the beneficiary of just that in 2013 after numerous injuries to the Jets’ receiving corps as the Jets signed him off the Eagles’ practice squad. He caught eight passes for 143 yards, 57 of which came in his Jet debut — the 26-20 win over New Orleans.
Salas is often typecast as a slot receiver, but he said that’s not a fair representation of his skillset. He said he made a name for himself in college as a slot receiver, but at Hawaii, he said, the receiver in the slot is the No. 1 option.
He’s played mostly on the outside at training camp, venturing to the slot a couple of times. He said, though, that it doesn’t matter where he lines up.
“Inside or outside,” he said, “I’m good at both, not necessarily one or the other.”
“The more you can do, the more valuable you are,” he said. “You've got to learn all the wide receiver positions. You've got to learn every position my body type can play on special teams.”
Salas said he’s happy with the momentum and chemistry the offense has built during the preseason, adding he wants to see it carry over into the final preseason game against the Eagles.
“We’re doing a lot of good things,” he said, “and hopefully we’ll continue to have success against them.”