Patriots sign Salas to practice report, release Taylor

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Patriots sign Salas to practice report, release Taylor

FOXBORO -- The Patriots announced on Thursday that receiver Greg Salas had been signed to the practice squad. In order to make room for Salas, wideout Kerry Taylor was released.

The Patriots traded an undisclosed future draft pick for Salas on Sept. 1. He was on the Patriots active 53-man roster for Week 1 against Tennessee though he did not see any action on the field. He was inactive in Week 2 against the Cardinals.

Salas essentially took Branch's vacated roster spot one day after Branch was cut. But when Branch was re-signed with the Patriots this week, Salas became expendable and was released. Salas then passed through waivers, making him practice-squad eligible.

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels coached Salas in St. Louis last season where the receiver had 27 catches for 269 yards in six games. If the Patriots were to suffer an injury to any of the members of their receiving group, because Salas is familiar with McDaniels' system, he may be the player most ready to step in.

Andy Dalton named Tom Brady's Pro Bowl replacement

Andy Dalton named Tom Brady's Pro Bowl replacement

With Tom Brady spending this week and next preparing for the Super Bowl, Andy Dalton has been named his replacement in the Pro Bowl. 

This will mark Dalton’s third Pro Bowl appearance. He finished fourth in the AFC in passing yards (4,206) and tied for 10th with 18 passing touchdowns. Brady threw 10 more touchdowns in four fewer games. 

Though he’s often skipped the actual games, this was the 12th season in which Brady was named to the AFC’s Pro Bowl roster. He’s been named to the Pro Bowl in each of the last eight seasons. 

The Ex-Pats Podcast: Patriots dismantle Pittsburgh in AFC Championship

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The Ex-Pats Podcast: Patriots dismantle Pittsburgh in AFC Championship

Mike Giardi and former Patriots center Dan Koppen discuss all aspects of the dominating performance by the Patriots over the Steelers in the AFC Championship. The two wonder why Pittsburgh refused to try and employ some of the strategies that were successful for the Houston Texans during the Divisional game last week. 

Also, Dan talks about what the players need to do this week to get ready for the circus that is the week leading up to the game.

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