" The answer is obviously yes, at least this week in the case of Wes Welker.
Welker, in case you somehow are unaware, catches a lot of passes from Tom Brady. In fact, since 2007, the 5-foot-9 (in heels, maybe) receiver has caught more passes than any other human being in the NFL. He’s made exactly one big mistake (Super Bowl drop), and he didn’t get the long-term deal he wanted from the Patriots this summer, but he is still, presumably, the same person and player who caught all those passes for the past five seasons.
Yet now, after a Week 1 output that falls short of his usual production, and after he played in fewer snaps than usual, conspiracies abound. Are the Patriots “phasing out” Welker from the offense?! Was Welker benched for letting a first-quarter pass bounce off his facemask? Are the Patriots already in talks with other teams to trade Welker?!
Do we really need to address these questions? Apparently, we do, as several media outlets have taken the “story” and run with it "
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