GILMER, TX (KLTV) - ?
As a senior at Gilmer high school, quarterback G.J. Kinne dreamed of playing in the N.F.L. His journey from East Texas to the pro's has been a long one, but his foot is in the door.
Kinne has been cut by the Jets in 2012, signed to play in the Arena League and now he's a backup for the Philadelphia Eagles. Kinne believes he has a great shot to make the Eagles roster and is eager for training camp to start in two weeks
"The big thing about the NFL is opportunity and timing," said Kinne, back in Gilmer helping with the East Texas Passing Academy. "This year it's coming at the right time. I got a substantial amount of reps compared to last year. I think it's very big opportunity for me."
Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor believes Kinne is much improved.
"He's always had an N.F.L. mind," said Traylor. "He's always been a leader and has always been able to throw it through a key hole. His biggest improvement is just his body."
Kinne hopes his improvement will help him win a spot at Eagles training camp.
"It's very difficult," Kinne said of making it in the NFL. "I don't think a lot of guys understand that part of it. But now I have a great opportunity up in Philly and I'm just trying to make the most of it. I was practice squad last year and got some experience, now this year hoping to do some big things in the preseason."