The number on the locker hasn’t changed. But wide receiver Mardy Gilyard is gone, his nameplate temporarily replaced by a generic one that simply reads "Philadelphia Eagles." The locker where Gilyard sat most of the season is now occupied by another former fourth-round pick by the Rams, wide receiver
Salas spent his rookie season in St. Louis before being traded to the Patriots in September. He was promoted to the active roster after New England cut receiver Deion Branch, but was cut a week later to make room for tackle Markus Zusevics, who was returning from the Non-Football Injury list.
Or, as Salas put it, “Injuries got me on the active roster and injuries got me off the active roster.”
Such is life in the NFL.
The 6-1, 209-pound Salas, who was claimed off waivers on Friday, had only been in Philadelphia a few hours when he spoke with the media Saturday. It’s been a whirlwind couple of days, but Salas is happy to be on a team and is looking forward to contributing.
“I’m just trying to fit in with the team and do whatever is asked of me, whether it’s special teams or just giving the team a good look on scout team,” he said. “If that’s what I’m here to do, that’s what I’ll do. I’m just here for the coaches and try to fit in as best I can.”
Salas was having an impressive rookie season in St. Louis, playing in six games and catching 27 passes for 264 yards. But in Week 9 he broke his fibula against the Cardinals and was placed on Injured Reserve. After being traded, some speculated that he was being groomed to replace Wes Welker. That, of course, was a long way off.
“You can learn how to run certain routes the way he does it, but it’s hard to do what he does,” Salas said. “He’s a different build type of receiver than I am, so you just take what they do and try to implement it in your game.”
Coming from New England to a struggling Eagles team doesn’t bother him, Salas said. He’s just happy to be wanted and to have a job in the NFL. He’s ready to help wherever he’s needed.
“I’m happy with any position I have on the team, whether it’s a major one or not. I just want to help and contribute any way I can,” he said. “I think I play hard and I think my hands, catching balls is what I do best. I’m just a competitor."
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