Deion Branch and the Pats are about to kiss and make up, and now I just don't know who to believe: A few weeks ago the New England Patriots were supposed to be grooming Greg Salas, a Josh McDaniels favorite, to replace an on-the-outs Wes Welker in 2013. Then Week 1 came, and Greg Salas didn't play. Then Week 2 came, and Wes Welker--the real one--caught five balls for 95 yards. And now Deion Branch is back, and Greg Salas is cut.
Now might be the wrong time to say this, since Danny Amendola just had a Welker-plus game after years of getting white-slot-receiver comparisons, but I think this is just another example of people assuming it's a little easier to be Wes Welker than it actually is. I don't doubt that it's easier to be Wes Welker than it is Randy Moss; it doesn't take once-in-a-generation skills and having a great quarterback is a disproportionately large part of the equation. But having Wes Welker's weaknesses doesn't make you Wes Welker if you haven't demonstrated his strengths already.
Until then, it just makes you Greg Salas.