I have to admit, I am a Greg Salas fan. Especially after watching this highlight video a couple dozen times.
Hawaii Greg Salas Highlights (via kapoleicoug)
Anyway, I was reading the comment section on the post about the trade, and was surprised how many people were giving up on him, It seemed like, If you were drafted by the previous regime, and wasn't a complete all-star in your first year, then Get the Hell Out. Last year, Salas was pushed into duty, since Danny Amendola got hurt. He had no training camp or time to learn McDanial's complex system. He didn't have time to gel with Bradford. You may have noticed, that just before he was injured, he was really catching on, and playing much better. He was showing what he did at Hawaii. Look at this video, this is his first catch in the regular season. It was a dumb call, trying to get that many yards on 3rd down with a screen, but look at how he has the vision to get extra yards. If he had followed his blockers, he wouldn't have got as much,and this is where I see his greatest value, the ability to do something with the ball. I believe this is why New England got him, he is somewhat Welker/Amendola-esque, remember, both of them took a while to become good. NOTE: I am not calling him Welker or Amendola, I am just stating he has similar traits/playing style.
His stats for the season were 27 catches for 264 yards, with a 9.8 average per catch. He also had 11 first downs. This was in 6 games. For comparison, the only other WRs selected in the second, third or fourth round to get equal to or better stats are VIncent Brown, a 3rd round pick for the San Diego Chargers [19 Reps,329 yards, 2 TD] Randall Cobb, a 2nd round pick for the Green Bay Packers [25 Reps,375 Yards,1 TD] Greg Little, a 2nd round pick for the Cleveland Browns [61 Reps,709 Yards,2 TD] and the infamous Torrey Smith, a second round pick for the Baltimore Ravens [50 Reps,841 Yards,7 TD]. Here Vincent Brown was River's second option on most plays. Randall Cobb was a part ofa high flying Green Bay offense. Greg Little was the Brown's only WR. And Torrey Smith was the deep threat to Flacco's big arm, and he had a field day against Justin King. Another thing to point out, is that all of these players, played at least 14 games. Brown had 14, Cobb had 15 and Brown and Smith had 16. Greg Salas had only 6 games. In the list, Salas was first in Reps, but last in TD and Yards. This has to do with the small amount of games he played, and the Rams woes pretty much every where, especially in the red zone. Greg Salas was no world beater (ie A.j Green), but in the list of 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounders, he did quite well, only being beat out stat wise by players drafted higher then him. FYI, I just looked at players selected till the fourth round, there could be someone who did better, who was drafted in the lower rounds. Let me know in the comments.
Now, I know Salas hasn't really showed up in the preseason ( He did have a really good catch against the Ravens that wasn't counted, even though it should have), maybe the FO didn't see him being a fit for their offense, maybe he hasn't completely recovered from his broken leg. I don't know. I am sure Fisher and Co have their reasons, but to trade Salas for such a low value pick, when we only drafted him last year is pretty bad. I low rounder in 2015 is almost nothing, meaning the FO was probably going to cut him, maybe to free up space, and decided to get something in return. I think we could have gotten something better in return, as New England, as a reporter pointed out traded for him, rather then waiting for him to get cut. New England also has their issues with Wes Welker, and with Greg Salas being someone McDanial's wanted, this was a trade where we could have twisted New England's hand more. That is what probably bugs me the most, as I, hate the New England Patriots (at least it wasn't the 49ers), and when people first speculated that Salas could get cut, I knew he was going to New England, possibly to become a star. Another feather in the cap of Belichick. That is what annoys me the most. Maybe I could be wrong, But with what he he has done in his years at Hawaii, and what he did last year, I don't believe so.