Six years after becoming the University of Hawaii’s single-season receiving yards record-holder in program history, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Greg Salas is catching his second wind in the National Football League.
Salas, who was a fourth-round draft choice of the Rams in 2011, worked out with his tactical strength trainers this week at Kakaako Fitness in Honolulu, in preparation for the Bills training camp in Orchard Park, New York, in two weeks.
Salas will be looking to ride a wave of momentum garnered by late-season playing time in 2015-16 and a solid mini camp two months ago, where he turned heads as a possession receiver.
“Getting the opportunity with the Bills last season to finish on a strong note, that was big for me and I took that, carried that into the off-season and I’m looking to carry it into this season as well. Just excited for this new season and excited to get back into football in a couple of weeks,” Salas told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello.
Adding to the positive vibes entering camp, Salas, who had three catches for 41 yards in the Bills’ final game of last season against the Jets, married his college sweetheart, Kaimuki native Dominique Reeuwijk, last weekend in Kahala.
“It puts things into perspective with a major change like that. I’m glad everything went smooth and it went well, and I was glad to see the look on her face. It was a special day for all of us,” said Salas.
Salas has battled through untimely injuries in his career, which started with a broken leg in his rookie season with the Rams. Most recently, he suffered a knee injury in the 2015 preseason after posting 10 receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown with the Lions.
But now, Salas says he’s in the best shape of his life. He jokingly credits his new obsession with the Pokémon Go app that has become a pop culture phenomenon.
“I was running around catching Pokémon this morning. I even walked my (wife) and mother-in-law’s hill a couple of times looking for some Pokémon, so I’m ready to go. Training camp is going to a breeze,” said Salas.
Salas will aim to “catch ’em all” on the football field when the Bills open training camp on July 30.
The team’s first preseason game is scheduled for Aug. 13 against the Colts.