In New England Patriots' Opener, Michael Hoomanawanui Outplays Greg Salas

I'm going to be honest: The new Josh McDaniels dynamic fascinates me nearly as much as the old one did. Only a guy that relentlessly confident—often in the face of significant countervailing evidence—could go to the New England Patriots and then proceed to pull "his guys" from last year's St. Louis Rams into one of the league's greatest offense. For the most part we've talked, so far, about Greg Salas and his place in the Patriots' Wes Welker drama, but Salas barely played Sunday, even as Welker scuffled. ESPN Boston reports he was on the field less than another Ram: Michael Hoomanawanui, "Illinois Mike" himself.

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Apparently he played in "a specific package as the third tight end," and he didn't get his hands on the football Sunday. But he was on the field, which is more than we can say for Salas. Apparently Welker split time on the field with Julian Edelman last week, which left Salas out of the picture.

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All this, of course, is only window-dressing—distraction from the real story, which is that the New England Patriots' offensive coordinator believes they could be helped by employing more ex-Rams. Can't wait to see Danario Alexander out there.

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