Deion Branch Returns As New England Patriots Cut Greg Salas

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.

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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.

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Until then, it just makes you Greg Salas.

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