Wide receiver Greg Salas was waived by the New England Patriots on Thursday in order to make room for the activation of tackle Mark Zusevics to the 53-man roster, and he has been claimed by the Philadelphia Eagles. It was interesting to see that the Pats waived Salas, whom they traded a fourth-round pick to the St. Louis Rams for and gave a raise to on the practice squad so that no other team could sign him.
The Patriots needed to bring up Zusevics, because right tackle Sebastian Vollmer was a surprise inactive for the game against the New York Jets. If he was not activated, then the Pats would have only had two active tackles in that game.
Salas was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster just last week after the releasing of veteran wideout Deion Branch. It will be interesting to see if the Pats bring back Branch, who passed through waivers but is also suffering from a hamstring injury. That may have been reason for his release.
It is disappointing to see Salas with another team, because the Patriots invested somewhat heavily in him and he is a talented player with good potential. Salas can play in both the slot and on the outside, he can stretch the field and times, but he is best in the slot due to his terrific hands and overall catching ability.
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