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Salas believes familiarity with offense will help

Salas believes familiarity with offense will help

FOXBORO -- New Patriots receiver Greg Salas has a lot to catch up on and not a lot of time to do it in.
A Saturday, post-cutdown addition to the team via trade, Salas has just one week before New England takes on the Titans in regular season action. The 24-year old was buried in the playbook during Monday's locker room availability.
"Just refreshing myself with the material and just concentrating on everything about Tennessee," he told the crowd of reporters.
Salas looked a little nervous. He certainly ain't in St. Louis anymore.
"It's a big difference. I'm just happy to be here."
Why him? Why not Jabar Gaffney, Donte' Stallworth, or (as of now) Deion Branch?
On Sunday, Bill Belichick gave a nod to the young receiver's versatility. And having a solid recommendation from former Rams head coach, current Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels can't hurt -- though Belichick said there was more to it than that.
"Josh had some firsthand experience with the player, no question. But we scouted him coming out of Hawaii and followed him last year. We had a good feel for him before Josh was here just based on our scouting department and working him out and getting ready for the draft and all that."
The sample size of production in St. Louis was small, after all. Salas played just six games his rookie year because of a broken leg. He was productive for the Rams, recording 27 catches for 264 yards (22 catches in the last four games) in that span.
There are no limitations on that leg now.
So it helps the new playbook has some similarities to the old. The familiarity helps. As for where he'll be utilized in the offense, Salas believes he can play both outside and in the slot, as alluded to by Belichick.
"I know the expectations here are to win every game and that's what I'm here to do."

Miller, Krejci game-time decisions tonight; O'Gara called up

Miller, Krejci game-time decisions tonight; O'Gara called up

BRIGHTON, Mass – It wouldn’t be a Bruins game this season if there weren’t some health question marks entering a game night, so the B’s will once again have a few players up in the air for the lineup tonight against the Buffalo Sabres.

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David Krejci (back) and Kevan Miller (upper body) were both on the ice prior to morning skate and Krejci participated in the optional practice, along with Patrice Bergeron and a handful of others on Saturday morning at Warrior Ice Arena. Krejci and Miller were termed game-time decisions based on the way things went this morning and Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy could have more lineup juggling in front of him based on those players.

Krejci said he was taking things “day-by-day”, but didn’t think it was going to be a long-term injury even if he misses the game.

“We’ll kind of take it day-by-day and we’ll see. I feel better than two days ago, so I guess we’ll be taking it day-by-day,” said Krejci. “I got hit in the last game and that forced me to leave the game. It’s a brand new injury and it just happened the other day. So that’s what it is.

“I don’t think it’s an injury that would be long term. It’s just one of these things that happens [during the games]. I wouldn’t lie to you if it was something that was a week or two weeks. We’ll just see how I feel later tonight. Injuries happen to every team. Hopefully, this is it for us here early in the season, and down the stretch, we’ll be healthy pushing for the playoffs.”

First the definite situations for the Black and Gold: Bergeron will play for the second game in a row and Paul Postma will be in the lineup, with Adam McQuaid shelved for the next couple of months with a broken leg. Beyond that, the Bruins could swing Miller from the left side to the right side if he plays, Charlie McAvoy could be added to the penalty kill and David Backes could end up playing some center if Matt Beleskey draws back into the lineup.

“We’ll probably move people around. [David] Backes, [Tim] Schaller has played some center over the years and obviously [Patrice] Bergeron looks like he’s going to play,” said Cassidy. “I think we’ll be okay. We sat out a forward the [Thursday vs. the Canucks], so we’ll move people around.

“Kevan will be a game-time decision, so we had a discussion about that and we’ll look into that as well. [Krejci] got hit in the lower back the other night, tried to finish and it’s one of those ones where at puck drop we’ll know.”

Robbie O’Gara popped on the Bruins roster on their team website early on Saturday afternoon, so the Yale alum will get the call if Miller can’t answer the bell on Saturday night. Another piece of good news: Noel Acciari skated with the injured players ahead of the morning skate and appears to be progressing slowly from his broken finger.  

Anything, it seems, is possible for these banged-up B’s as another body drops with each passing game or practice. Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings vs. the Sabres based on an optional morning skate:

Marchand-Bergeron-Bjork

DeBrusk-Krejci-Pastrnak

Schaller-Nash-Backes

Beleskey-Kuraly-Agostino

 
Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

O’Gara/Miller-Postma

 
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