WR Salas settles in with Patriots
September, 3, 2012
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- In the 45 minutes reporters were in the Patriots' locker room on Monday morning, one visual stood out -- second-year receiver Greg Salas sitting at his locker, head buried in his new playbook.
This is going to be one big cram session for Salas, who was acquired from the Rams on Saturday for a late-round 2015 draft choice. But if there if good news for him, it's that the playbook has some definite similarities to what he remembered from St. Louis last year.
Salas is reunited with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who coached him in St. Louis last season.
Mike Reiss/ESPNBoston.comNewcomer Salas, who has the advantage of working last season in St. Louis with Josh McDaniels, hopes to be ready to play Sunday.
"It's good," Salas said. "He was my coach last year, offensive coordinator. He's offensive coordinator here, so I have familiarity."
Salas hopes to learn the playbook so he's ready for the Sept. 9 season opener at Tennessee.
"It's just refreshing myself with the material," he said.
On Sunday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the team had scouted Salas coming out of Hawaii, and had "a good feel for him", which was a consideration in the trade. Salas recalled some interactions with the Patriots before the draft, but there was no official visit (he ended up being selected in the fourth round by the Rams).
One of the challenging aspects for scouts who worked on Salas was weighing how much of his outstanding production was a result of the wide-open passing offense Hawaii runs. Looking back, the 6-foot-1, 209-pound Salas felt the offense has helped him transition to the NFL.
"I think it helped out a lot with reading defenses and adjusting routes on the go," he said, highlighting a key part of the Patriots' attack while at the same time pointing out the differences between the offense he ran in college and what the Patriots run.
Asked how he would describe himself as a receiver, Salas said: "I play hard and do everything that a team asks me to do." He added that he considers himself versatile to play inside and outside, while relaying that he has no physical limitations after returning from a broken fibula that limited him to six games last season.
Now he's anxious to get to work with quarterback Tom Brady.
"He seems like a great guy. He's one of the best quarterbacks ever, so it's just an honor to play with him," he said.