Something became noticeable in training camp. A year removed from knee surgery, in a contract year, Wes Welker looked ridiculous. He was fast, focused, and uncoverable in practice. Even the Patriots WR said he had never felt better in his career.
And guess what? As was clear in the Patriots 31-19 win over the Raiders, Welker wasn’t lying. He had nine catches for 158 yards and one TD (left), a sterling performance in a season full of ‘em.
The diminutive receiver is now on pace for 2,464 yards, which would shatter the NFL record for most yards gained in a season (1,848) set by Jerry Rice in 1995. After the game, Welker acknowledged what we all know.
“I feel like this is the best I’ve ever felt, this is the best I’ve played in my career,” Welker said. “So I think just my attitude towards the game and the work I put into it on a daily basis, and understand that this is my job and taking it very seriously, and training and everything that I’ve been able to do has helped out this year. We...