Found September 18, 2012 on New England Sports React:




After the first two games of the Patriots season, they are sitting a 1-1, certainly a disappointment but nothing to get concerned about yet. What does seem to be troubling though, is WR Wes Welker’s diminished role early on this season. He is currently sitting behind Brandon Llyod and Julian Edelman on the depth chart and one could assume that if Hernandez did not go down early in Sunday’s game, that Welker would have seen much less of the field in the 20-18 loss. One can not help but wonder that this is the typical Patriots way of cutting him out of the system after his much-publicized off-season where he did not receive a deal and is instead getting paid 9.5 million this year.  While no one is really saying Wes is getting taken out of the system little by little, it has become obvious that Edelman is quickly becoming the new Welker, and with both of them due for free agency this year, New England must be deciding whether they should keep Edelman or not. Their decision already seems to be made up about Welker.

Another potential reason is they are going to try and keep both going forward, but with giving Welker less opportunity, they could be trying to drive his value down to something more realistic and in lines with what he was offered during the off-season. They would be hoping that at 31 years old, he would realize he should just take the money and years offered from a team that has made him so successful. Whichever direction this team is heading, it seems they are trying to prove he is not as an integral part of this offense as he used to be.


- John Calabro


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