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, or (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.