|Eagles claim Greg Salas off waivers||11.23.12 at 4:59 pm ET|
FOXBORO — If the Patriots had designs on clearing Greg Salas through waivers and adding him back to their roster on Friday, they will be disappointed.
The Philadelphia Eagles announced on Friday they had claimed the 24-year-old receiver off waivers Friday and added him to their roster. Salas takes the spot of Mardy Gilyard, who was released on Friday. The Jets also made a claim on Salas but the Eagles were awarded the receiver based on their 3-7 record. The Jets are now 4-7. The Patriots released Salas on Thursday, just hours before their game with the Jets to make room for activating offensive lineman Markus Zusevics off the non-football injury list and adding him to the 53-man roster.
Salas was signed by the Patriots to the 53-man roster from the practice squad on Nov. 17 and played as a reserve last Sunday vs. Indianapolis. He was originally acquired by New England in a trade with St. Louis on Sept. 1, 2012, in exchange for an undisclosed future draft choice.
Salas dressed for the 2012 season-opener at Tennessee but did not play and was inactive vs. Arizona in the home-opener. Salas was released on Sept. 19 and signed to the practice squad on Sept. 20. Salas was originally drafted by St. Louis in the fourth round (112th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Hawaii. The 6-foot-1, 209-pounder played in six games for the Rams last season and finished with 27 receptions for 269 yards. His season was limited to six games due to a leg injury.
|Brandon Lloyd: ‘We all knew what we were getting into’||09.03.12 at 12:47 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Brandon Lloyd is a fast learner.
He realized quickly in New England to take nothing for granted, pay attention to every detail and not speak out of line.
He demonstrated all of those traits this week in speaking to the media inside the Patriots locker room.
‘It’s always exciting to make an NFL roster,” said Lloyd, who was the prize addition to the wide receiver corps in the offseason. “There’s always a doubt. Nothing’s ever for certain. I’ve prepared and in shape and ready to go. There’s always a level of excitement.”
‘Nothing’s for certain. It was a competitive camp,” Lloyd said. “I haven’t been in a camp that was that competitive at the wide receiver position where guys had so much past experience with the starting quarterback, had success in the NFL and then were all battling out for a couple of spots.
‘It was definitely competitive. That’s the just the way it shook out. We all understood what we were competing for by signing here. It was up to the coaching staff and ultimately how we practiced and played to make the team.’
One receiver that is on the roster is late addition Greg Salas, a former teammate from his days with the Rams. But Lloyd would not reveal much more.
‘I can identify him,” said Lloyd with a healthy, booming laugh.
Lloyd acknowledged that playing for the Patriots is a different experience than playing for the Redskins, Bears, Broncos and Rams.
‘We all knew what we were getting into by coming to training camp here in New England and I think we all did our best to make the team and be productive members of the roster,” Lloyd said. ‘I think it’s just the attention to details. Everybody is really focused on doing the small things right and that’s from the coaching staff down to the players. So, I think that’s what separates them.’
|Are the Patriots going to target a ‘Conehead’ at wide receiver?||03.01.11 at 1:39 pm ET|
One of the things the Patriots love to look at isn’t necessarily speed, but quickness. That’s why New England football fans should pay particular attention to what prospects ‘ particularly wide receivers and defensive backs ‘ do in the 3-cone drills this week. The Patriots have traditionally put a lot of stock ‘ maybe more than most teams ‘ in shuttle/cone drills in their pre-draft workouts. That’s not to say they would select a player based solely on what he did in one of the drills, but it would certainly cause New England to take notice.
(For a complete look at what the 3-cone drill entails, check out this exhaustive definition courtesy of NFL.com.)
To that end, lots of the relatively under-the-radar receivers (non first-rounders) they’ve targeted in recent years have all excelled in the agility drills. Julian Edelman had a 6.62 second time in the 3-cone drill as a collegian. Deion Branch was 6.71 (at the 2002 combine), Chad Jackson (at the 2006 combine) was 6.74 and Wes Welker was 7.06. (To give you some perspective, all of those performances would have put them near or in the Top 10 at this year’s combine.) That also translates to the defensive side of the football, as Devin McCourty‘s 6.7 in the 3-cone drill at last year’s combine put him second among all corners.
Here are the Top 10 performances among all the wide receivers in the 3-cone drill. (The times for the defensive backs have not yet been posted.) It’s worth noting that many of these guys are not billed as potential first-round picks, so as a result, they could have drawn New England’s interest because of their performance this week.
1. Oregon’s Jeffrey Maehl (6.42)
2. Ohio State’s Dane Sanzenbacher (6.46)
3. LSU’s Terrence Toliver (6.48)
4. Mount Union’s Cecil Shorts (6.50)
5. Wake Forest’s Marshall Williams (6.61)
6. San Diego State’s Vincent Brown (6.64)
7. SMU’s Aldrick Robinson (6.65)
8. Hawaii’s Greg Salas (6.65)
9. Alabama’s Julio Jones (6.66)
10. Stanford’s Ryan Whalen (6.67)
(For what it’s worth, WEEI.com has already profiled Maehl as a “Potential Patriot.” Check out his information here.)
|NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Hawaii WR Greg Salas||02.07.11 at 3:46 pm ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2011 NFL draft.
Position: Wide Receiver
Weight: 210 pounds
Achievements: Third-Team All-American (2010), First-Team All-WAC (2009, 2010), Two-time WAC Player of the Week, led WAC in receiving yards (2010). All-time school leader with 4,345 yards receiving.
What he brings: An ideal package of size, toughness and reliability. Salas does not have elite speed — a 4.6 40 is not a ticket to the first round — and won’t ever be a deep threat in the NFL. His only chance to stick is as a slot receiver, a role he excelled at for Hawaii (as Davone Bess did before him).