Sep 10, 2012
Wes Welker owners are cursing themselves for using an early round pick on the New England receiver, after a three-catch, 14 yard performance against the Titans week one.
ESPNboston’s Mike Reiss reports that in addition to limited targets (Only 5 passes from Brady), Welker was on the field for just 43 of New England’s 67 offensive snaps. For a player that lined up for nearly 90% of the offensive snaps in 2011, the fact that Welker played in just 64% of the game on Sunday could be a big cause for concern.
While it is possible that Welker’s absence was due to match up scheming by the Hoodie, we believe that the Pats were trying to focus on getting Julian Edelman in the game. Eldeman lined up on 23 offensive plays, while catching just one pass for 17 yards.
Another theory to consider is that Welker could be the odd-man out with the addition of Brandon Lloyd to the New England passing game. With a limited number of passes to go around and the fact that the Pats used Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski on nearly every snap, Welker could have drawn the short-stick this season. Pardon the pun.