Found September 10, 2012 on Football Nation:
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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 Pat...
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