In New England this week, that reality has led to some people overanalyzing the stat sheet from Sunday’s 34-13 win over the Titans, when Wes Welker caught just three passes and was targeted only five times. While the numbers may not be eye-catching for any other player, Welker is the NFL’s leader in receptions since 2007, so it’s at least noteworthy. Adding to the intrigue, Welker’s number of snaps on the field was down significantly from his average last year, leading some to speculate that the Patriots are in a way moving on to a less Welker-focused offense.
After offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on Tuesday denied such a movement was afoot, quarterback Tom Brady did the same on Wednesday.
“He’s a huge part of this offense and what we do on a weekly basis,” Brady said of Welker. “I’m sure there won’t be too many games where he doesn’t get a lot of opportunity.”
While Sunday’s numbers were interesting, they weren’t unprecedented "
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