Greg Salas #87 of the St. Louis Rams runs for yards after the catch against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on September 19, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Without a doubt, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (and former coordinator for the Rams) was involved in the Patriots decision to acquire second year receiver Greg Salas from the Rams in a trade late last week. That being said, McDaniels met with reporters this afternoon, and answered multiple questions regarding Salas.
On his experience with Salas and his strengths:
Well Greg's a young player first of all and he's got plenty of room I think to grow and improve as a player. Last year, he had an opportunity to get in there and play a decent chunk of time in some games against some really good teams and kind of got his feet wet as a rookie. [He] made some good plays and had an opportunity to kind of learn under fire there because we ended up in a situation where we lost a guy or two and Greg had a chance to get in there and get his feet wet. He catches the ball well, works hard and is a smart kid. We're going to put him in there and kind of see how he can fit in with our group.
On what his best spot to line up is:
Greg played a lot inside in college, but that doesn't mean that he can't play multiple positions. For the most part we ask all of our skill players to learn multiple roles and I don't think that will be any different for Greg.
It's definitely interesting to hear McDaniels - someone who coached Salas his rookie year and was involved in the decision to acquire him - provide some insight on the situation. As for the trade itself, I think it's excellent value, with the only thing the Patriots giving up a late 2015 pick. That being said, I would have liked to see Deion Branch stick around regardless of whether or not the Patriots made the move for Salas. Still surprised by that move.