Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 5/11/12
FOXBORO, Mass. -- In a sense, Patriots receiver Jeremy Ebert can thank new teammate Wes Welker for his recent success. Welker, remember, wasn't drafted in 2004. Despite a fine career at Texas Tech, a large population of NFL teams weren't ready to make the switch to a spread offense, which greatly reduced the need for slot receivers. The position has been glamorized by Welker's success since 2007 with the Patriots, and the rest of the league's offenses have continued to evolve with elements of the spread. Granted, it's not a direct correlation, as the spread offense hasn't exploded due to...
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