Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/19/14

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Wes Welker (#83) of the New England Patriots runs with the ball during the NFL International Series match between New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium on October 25, 2009 in London, England. This is the third occasion where a regular season NFL match has been played in London. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Wes Welker has been Tom Brady's go to receiver almost since the day he was acquired from the Dolphins (bet they wish they could have a do-over on that one), yet when the Patriots handily beat the Titans on Sunday, Welker was nary to be seen.The All-Pro slot receiver finished his day with three catches for 14 yards, putting Welker on track for 48 catches, far from his 2011 pace of 122 catches.  While its hard to believe that Welker's season will continue along those lines, here are a few factors that need to be examined, and what they could mean for Welker's future.The emergence of New England's pair of young tight endsRob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez have surely cut into Welker's touches.  Last year Gronkowski shattered receiving records for tight ends and scored an incredible 18 touchdowns (17 receiving, one rushing), while his teammate Hernandez, showed his versatility down the stretch by lining up at tight end, wide receiver, and even halfback during the Patriots run to Superbo...
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