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It’s Official Rookie Mini Camp is May 5-7


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As Jerome Kapp sat at home and watched the final four rounds of the 2023 NFL Draft and the dozens of undrafted free agent signings that followed on Saturday, his phone never rang.

The former Boyertown and Kutztown University wide receiver hoped he would hear from an NFL team, but never did.

“I used to watch the draft with my dad every year, and I was super excited for it,” Kapp said. “This year, it was completely different. I was nervous. I was anxious.”

Kapp’s long-awaited phone call arrived on Sunday morning, as the New York Jets invited him to their rookie mini-camp.
 

That was the most stressful time,” Kapp said. “Going to bed last night not knowing if I was going to have an opportunity and waking up this morning to one was just (a) rollercoaster of emotions. I was at my lowest last night, and the absolute highest today.”

 

Kapp will compete for a spot on New York’s training camp roster alongside all other Jets’ rookies on May 5-7 at a non-contact mini-camp.
 

It means everything to me,” Kapp said. “The journey has been a dream so far, I just hope to keep it going and do the best I can.”

Kapp finished his career with the Golden Bearswith 122 catches for 2,190 yards and 22 touchdowns in 36 games. Kapp played just three seasons at Kutztown, as the 2020 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

I am really happy for Jerry,” Golden Bears coach Jim Clements said. “He is well deserving, the guy works extremely hard.”

Kapp ranks third in program history in receiving yards and fifth in receiving touchdowns. He ranks ahead of Andre Reed, a former Kutztown standout and Pro Football Hall of Famer, in both categories.

“It’s cool when guys from Kutztown University get that opportunity to keep chasing their dream,” Clements said. “Jerry is definitely an example of hard work and dedication, and hopefully he can give (the Jets) an awesome show.”

Kapp will try to become the eighth former Kutztown player to appear in an NFL game. Craig Reynolds, running back for the Detroit Lions, is the only former Golden Bear currently in the league.

“I’m just blessed that I got this opportunity,” Kapp said. “I give all the credit to my agent (Marty Magid of MRM Sports) for working hard. I owe everything to him.”

 

The 6-3, 210 pound receiver was an All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East first-team selection in 2021 and 2022.  He led the PSAC with 19.5 yards per catch last season.

Kapp helped the Golden Bears win the PSAC title in 2021 and advance to the NCAA Division II quarterfinals. Kutztown won 11 games, tying a program record.

“I didn’t really believe I had a shot until late in junior year,” Kapp said. “I was feeling more confident than ever.”

Kapp began his college career at Seton Hill, but took a medical redshirt season in 2019 and did not appear in a game. He transferred to Kutztown the following year, and initially joined the football team as a walk-on.

Kapp graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports management and began working toward a Master of Business Administration. In addition to playing wide receiver, he played special teams for the Golden Bears in 2019 and during the early part of the 2021 season.

“(I’ve been) working hard for this opportunity,” Kapp said. “(It’s) just a new challenge, and I’m up for it.”

At Boyertown, Kapp finished with 68 catches for 1,284 yards and 15 receiving touchdowns in three seasons. On defense, he had 128 total tackles, 13 interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

“My fate lies in my own hands right now, and there’s no other place I’d rather be,” Kapp said. “Just being able to basically go out, showcase what I can do and battle for a spot — it’s what I did when I went to Kutztown as a walk-on, and it’s what I’m doing now.”

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