I started the other Welker thread, but I came up with an interesting thought and would love to have some people play along a bit since realistically it helps to get a better feel for trying to really get a handle on the team's issues with the passing game.
Based on a full season, Brady finished with the following passing stats:
401 completions for 5235 yards and 39 touchdowns
The year before he finished 324 completions for 3900 yards and 36 touchdowns
Here's a quick link to each year and how it broke down for each receiver:
2011 Patriots Stats
2010 Patriots Stats
I'd like to see people create your prediction for next season based on catches and yards, touchdowns, etc. you expect next year's group to have. My feeling is this year was a record breaking one and I expect Brady probably to come in closer to 4,700-4,800 yards based on the fact that I think with a full offseason everyone collectively should be a little bit better defensively next year.
So if you take that total, along with say 350 completions, create your list of receivers (including runningbacks, tight ends, etc.) and throw in what you expect in terms of production. I figure for those who just want to throw names out there - especially in lieu of not having Welker - it will be a fun exercise to try and figure out where his production would be replaced. Also include your predicted free agents, or if you're not sure, just do ? marks.
In other words, you would list it like this:
Gronkowski - xxxx-yards XX TD's
Hernandez - XXX-yards X TD's
? - xxx-yards, xx TD's
? - xxx-yards xx TD's
Branch - xxx-yards x TD's
Edelman - XXX-yards x TD's
Ochocinco - xxx-yards x TD's
Woodhead - XXX-yards X TD's
Ridley - XXX-yards X TD's
? - XXX-yards
? - XXX-yards
Obviously replacing the XXX's with your own #'s, and including your own predicted players on your depth chart.