FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Jeremy Kerley still has love for Tim Tebow -- even if the former Jets quarterback is now in enemy territory.
"I'm happy for him. Tim's a good dude. That's a good look for him," Kerley said Tuesday of Tebow signing with the rival New England Patriots after a fruitless year as a Jet. "I think he'll make the most out of that opportunity."
Latest Jets stories
But that doesn't mean they'll be friends on the football field when the Jets travel to Foxboro to face the Patriots in a Thursday night prime-time game Sept. 12.
"Oh, I'm going to talk trash to him. I'm going to talk that all day," Kerley said with a laugh. "But like I said, I'm happy for him. He's a good dude. It's a good fit for him. No bad blood toward him."
The Jets' slot receiver said he heard the news from a cousin while at home Monday. Some Jets, such as Stephen Hill, feigned ignorance of the Tebow news, which managed to dominate social media late Monday afternoon.
"Look, I don't have a social media," said the second-year wideout, who added: "I'm glad [Tebow] got picked up by somebody. I don't read nothing. I don't look at TV. I don't do none of that stuff. I just look at that playbook."
Greg McElroy, who started over Tebow in Week 13 last season after Mark Sanchez was benched, offered nothing but support for his fellow quarterback.
"Tim's a great guy, he's a friend of mine," McElroy said. "I always think and want the best for him, so I'm happy for him. But it's not in our locker room, so it's really not anything we're going to be concerned about right now."
Tebow was a non-factor in Tony Sparano's offense in 2012, throwing just eight passes (six completions) and rushing 32 times for 102 yards in 15 games. Tebow was released April 29 and signed with the Patriots as a free agent six weeks later.
Kerley is confident Tebow will find his groove playing for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels -- the same man who drafted him in Denver in the first round of the 2010 draft when he was the Broncos' coach.
"I think he'll make the most out of it over there," Kerley said. "They can reunite. Maybe some things can spark up."
But though Tebow's former teammates were happy to hear he's found a new home, they weren't in the mood to talk about him for too long.
"You wish him all the best except for twice a year, but I've got bigger issues to worry about in New England," center Nick Mangold said, referring to Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork.
Right tackle Austin Howard said: "As a person, I'm so happy for Tim because I know how hard he works and he is a leader and he deserves to play. But as far as anything else, that's not our focus. We're focused on the Jets."
With Steven Braid