The Philadelphia Eagles signed second year wide out Greg Salas yesterday. Salas had been released by the New England Patriots on Thursday. In order to make room for Salas, the Eagles front office decided to release third year wide out Mardy Gilyard. Gilyard had seen some playing time earlier this year, but had missed three games due to a hamstring injury recently. Gilyard had been a good special teams player, but with the emergence of Riley Cooper, Gilyard found himself as the odd man out. It begs the question, why did the Eagles sign Greg Salas?
Salas played his college football at the University of Hawaii where he put up huge receiving numbers. By the end of his career he ranked sixth all-time in NCAA receiving yards. Salas ended up being draft in the fourth round by the Rams in 2011. Possibly the Eagles front office had liked Salas coming out of college, but were unable to select him in the draft. When they saw he had been released by the Patriots they made their move to acquire the second year wide receiver. This is only Salas' second year in the NFL and the Eagles are hoping he has some untapped potential. Currently the Eagles have a log jam at receiver: DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper, Damaris Johnson, and Greg Salas.
The Eagles will host the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football this week.
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