Chief Concern For Rookie Is Making the Squad

Jeris McIntyre, the leading receiver on the 2003 Auburn football team, is trying to prove he belongs in the NFL.

Auburn, Ala.--The heat is on this summer for Jeris McIntyre.

The former Tiger wide receiver returned to campus where he can be found daily on the football practice field drilling under the hot Alabama sun as he continues his quest to play professionally.

The 6-0, 207-pounder was one of four Tigers selected in the 2004 National Football League Draft. The Kansas City Chiefs selected McIntyre as their sixth round choice, making him the 195th player taken in the draft.

"I just got back in town a couple of days ago," McIntyre tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "We have been working out with our offseason program. I have been working out here in Auburn trying to do the things it takes to stay in shape and give me the best possible chance to make the team."

Jeris McIntyre is shown during his pro day workout that helped him get drafted by the Chiefs.

McIntyre had his best Auburn season as a senior and made himself a player the pros were interested in by catching 41 passes for 621 yards and three touchdowns. He finished his collegiate career with three receptions for 74 yards in Auburn's 28-14 Music City Bowl victory over the Wisconsin Badgers.

All-American linebacker Karlos Dansby was the first Tiger selected in the 2004 draft as the opening pick of the second round going to the Arizona Cardinals. Dansby was joined as a second round pick by Dontarrious Thomas, who was chosen by the Minnesota Vikings as the 48th overall pick. The other AU player taken in the draft, defensive end Reggie Torbor, is a linebacker for the New York Giants

Torbor is also working out in Auburn this summer before he heads back to preseason camp with the Jets and McIntyre is doing the same thing. "The workouts with the Chiefs went all right," McIntyre says. "I was trying to learn everything, get adapted to everything. This summer I am trying to get in the best shape possible, learn the routes and work on catching the ball. I want to know everything so it is like second nature."

Having a father who played for Auburn and in the NFL (running back Secdrick McIntyre) and knowing former Auburn players who are in the pros, McIntyre has a good idea of what to expect in pro camp. "The speed of the game has picked up, but I expected that," he notes. "That is the main difference. I can't say that anything has really surprised me."

As a sixth round draft pick, McIntyre is well aware he will have to be really impressive in preseason to make the roster. "I think the Chiefs will carry five or maybe six wide receivers and they will keep a couple others on as well," he says. "At camp we will probably have around 10, 11 or 12 trying to make the team. We run a lot of four wide receiver sets. I am going to do whatever I can do to try to be one of the guys who makes the team." Returnees Mark Boerighter, Dante Hall, Eddie Kennison and Johnnie Morton are likely to take four of the wide receiver spots. "I feel like I can fit in there with the Chiefs," McIntyre says. "It is always going to be different transforming to a new atmosphere in the NFL and new city. Like the other younger guys, I am just trying to adapt and get to know the older guys."


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