GET. IT. DONE.
Good read breaking down what’s happening now and what will be happening over the next five days. Here’s his take on Welker, and I agree that they probably should move on but it’s doubtful they will…
I’m on the record saying the Patriots should move on from Welker for the good of the offense. While no one has more respect for or values Welker more than I do, I think to become the toughest team to defend for a defense, the Patriots need to get more dynamic on the outside, let the tight ends handle the middle of the field, and take Welker away from Brady. Get a viable downfield threat — Wallace and Jennings aren’t coming here, but the draft is full of them, the Patriots could make a trade, and more receivers could join the low-price market of Jerome Simpson, Mohamed Massaquoi, Brandon Gibson, and David Nelson — and get constant and athletic yards-after-catch from the other side in a combination of Edelman and Danny Amendola, Josh Cribbs, or a draft pick, and the Patriots would be tougher to defend in all parts of the field in the postseason, which has been a problem for them.
Welker never complained internally or externally about what was going on, which earns points from the Patriots;
Breathe everyone… BREATHE…
Makes sense for Welker to see what’s out there, he might never get another chance. Still think he comes back to New England, but he’d be foolish to just take the Patriots deal without hearing what other teams would be willing to offer him.
If you love a player, set him free, if he comes back to you it was meant to be…
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Good stuff, Welker’s vital on the the most vital down…
Of the 150 passes Brady threw on third down in 2012, 43 were intended for Welker, 20 for Aaron Hernandez and 16 for Rob Gronkowski. Welker cleaned up with 30 receptions for 318 yards, while the tight end duo caught a combined 23 passes for 158 yards. The bigger disparity comes to light in high-pressure situations where the Patriots needed nine or more yards on third down. Welker made 14 catches for an average of 13.3 yards per reception in those situations, while Gronkowski and Hernandez had two catches for a combined 26 yards. It should then come as little surprise that Welker accounted for 21 of the 73 third-down conversions that Patriots had through the air in 2012. Gronkowski (11) and Hernandez (10) are next on the chart.
That bit of tweaking stuck in Welker’s craw all season. So did the notion that if tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski hadn’t both gotten hurt at different times, there’s a strong belief that Welker would have been limited to far fewer than the 118 receptions he finished with last season. In short, there’s a little paranoia in the Welker camp these days about his role with the Pats.