Welker-only discussion thread: should Welker start season on PUP?

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Should WWW start the season on PUP or the 53?

Poll closed Jun 16, 2010.
  1. PUP. [More time to get back to 100%.]

  2. 53. [Why sit if he'll be ready sooner?]

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  1. ctpatsfan77

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    Let's keep this thread focused on WWW himself.

    Right now, the Patriots basically have to choose between two options:

    (1) Start Welker on PUP, which means he MUST sit out all practices and games from the start of TC until the end of Week 6,


    (2) Start Welker on the 53, which means he can practice and/or play at any point in the season. If he isn't ready to go right away, though, then that means the Patriots have to hold a spot among the eight gameday inactives for him until he is.

    FWIW, remember that (2) was their choice with David Thomas back in 2007 (a decision I questioned at the time, and still do not completely comprehend; he ended up on IR after playing in just one game).

    OTOH, Ian Rapoport is reporting that this is NOT the first time Welker has taken part in Patriots OTAs this season. Make of that what you will.
  2. BradyManny

    BradyManny Pro Bowl Player

    Given only the information we know about him so far - I say you gotta go #2. First, I think its not unreasonable to think he could actually contribute by week #1. If he's at 75% now, he could be ready to go. He may be on a similar timeline to Brady last season.

    But let's say he's not ready - having him sit as an inactive for several weeks isn't a problem either. To be honest, looking at this roster, I have a hard time picking out the inactives as it is. Whoever would've been #53 on the roster if he's PUP'd, they're not any more likely to be active on the gameday roster. Let's say he's back by week 4 or 5 - unless a given position is hurt by injury, I can't see that #53 spot being more valuable than a couple weeks of Welker playing and contributing.

    On the other hand - I will say this his absence from practices might allow Price/Tate/Holt to get more reps. And that might not be a bad thing. Really, how much practice to Wes and Brady need to get in sync anyway...

    That said, that's not enough a reason for me to want to hold him out. If he's healthy - he practices and he plays.
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  3. NEGoldenAge

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    There should be an option
    "Whatever the medical staff believes is best for Wes Welker".
  4. ctpatsfan77

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    That's the easy way out. :snob:
  5. Reckedtrek

    Reckedtrek 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

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    If he's ready, he's ready and should be on the field. If he's nort ready, PUP him and give him more time to recover.

    How about we PUP Brady, even if he's ready!
    Make sense?
    Not at all, so why do it with Wes? -once again, assuming he's ready to go.
  6. NEGoldenAge

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    Easy way out. Best option. Same thing.

  7. Deus Irae

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    What does Randy Moss have to say about it?

  8. gzathepat

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  9. drew4008

    drew4008 In the Starting Line-Up

    I don't see what the issue here is, or what we're voting on.

    If Welker CAN play (at a level he is 100% comfortable with, as he has already stated such) then he will, whether that be at the beginning of the season or not. There is no "should" here.
  10. BradyFTW!

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    If he's ready to start week 1, he should. If not, he shouldn't. All things considered, though, I'd prefer that the Pats err on the side of caution when the judgment call has to be made, but it just might work out that even a cautious perspective will sign off on him starting the season. We just don't know enough to know.
  11. ctpatsfan77

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    I called him. He's optimistic, and he said to keep talk about his contract out of this thread. :mad:
  12. Deus Irae

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    well played
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  13. Rob0729

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    If Welker is doing what he is doing now, why is it impossible to imagine that he will be ready for the start of the season. I wouldn't put him on the PUP unless he can't practice.
  14. PowerRunRevival

    PowerRunRevival On the Game Day Roster

    Is Welker the type of guy who might come back a little too quickly because he wants to be out there? Is he just that competitive of a guy?

    Let's say he starts the season on the 53 man, but he's not 100% by game 1. I think you have to place him on the PUP at that point. Why not give him extra time to recover and guarantee that one of our best players is fresh for the stretch run. If he comes back too soon he could never be the same. Is Wes the type of guy to come back too soon to try and help the team to his on detriment? I think so.

    He needs to sit unless he's 100%.
  15. PatsWickedPissah

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    You don't have to because you cannot. It's against the rules.
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