September 12, 2012

Welker's week 1 role is diminished, but don't worry


Calm down, Welker will be fine this year
In Wes Welker's first five years with the Patriots he has averaged 110.8 receptions, 1,221 yards and 6.2 touchdowns per season.  That is why after his week 1 performance of three catches for only 14 yards and only playing about 64% of the offensive snaps, many people questioned what was going on with him.  

First, fans and "experts" questioned if Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez had passed him by on the unofficial offensive weapons depth chart. Then, others thought that Welker's contract issues with the Patriots led to a partial demotion in the offense.

I can't believe that both of these opinions came about after only one week in the season. One week! Thats the problem with knee jerk reactions. For the most part they show a lack of patience and thought. Welker could catch 10 balls this weekend against the Cardinals and then what? The Patriots are making up for what happened last week?  Give it some time, folks.  Welker is the best slot receiver in football and that doesn't change after one unproductive week.

If you don't believe me, maybe you will listen to this guy:
"We have a lot of football to play. We're going to need everybody. There are going to be games where Wes has not as many opportunities, and games where he has a ton of opportunities. It all depends on how the game may play out or the situation of the game. But he's a huge part of this offense and what we do on a weekly basis. I'm sure there won't be too many games where he doesn't get a lot of opportunity."  -- Tom Brady (from ESPN Boston's Patriots Blog)