Welker's diversity - WR/KR/PR - and emergency Kicker

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  1. JoeSixPat

    JoeSixPat Pro Bowl Player


    Tomase has a good read today, reminding us of Welker's diversity.

    I gotta think he's in the mix at KR/PR... I had forgotten those returns he had against us until reading the article... and of course, it never hurts to have another kicker availalbe in case of emergency... no question BB values the additional help Welker brings... he really does seem like a younger Troy Brown in many ways.

    Let's hope he and Troy get a chance to play on the same team!
  2. VJCPatriot

    VJCPatriot Pro Bowl Player

    Yup Welker can PK. So he's good insurance in case Gostkowski gets hurt or something.
  3. NYCPatsFan

    NYCPatsFan In the Starting Line-Up

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  4. unoriginal

    unoriginal In the Starting Line-Up

    We were ass-end of the league in net punting average.
  5. signbabybrady

    signbabybrady Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

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    I like Welker as a punt returner, he is sure handed and can break a few but I think we can have someone more explosive returning kick offs.
  6. KontradictioN

    KontradictioN Do you even lift? PatsFans.com Supporter

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    Cue the "Welker is overrated and the Pats paid way too much for him" talk...
  7. JoeSixPat

    JoeSixPat Pro Bowl Player

    A draft pick? Or Maroney?

    Maroney's the only other guy on the team that strikes me as having a good chance to return one for a TD - but now more than ever, he's too valuable as a RB to risk in the return game.
  8. dhamz

    dhamz In the Starting Line-Up

    Ellis Hobbs?
  9. JustWinBrady

    JustWinBrady On the Game Day Roster

    He is also the starting drop-kicker. He will be replacing doug flutie for that role. ;)
  10. signbabybrady

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    Hobbs and Maroney are more explosive but I agree to valueable to use. While I think Welker is good returner and very shore handed I just don't think he has the ability to break it for a huge gain but he will conisitantly get a decent return. which makes him great for punt returns but imo not kick returns

    So I guess my answer is a rook or Hobbs if he isnt starting, or maybe willie andrews he seemed to be explosive or how bout chad jack if he could get healthy.
  11. PatsFanInVa

    PatsFanInVa PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Wes Welker fixed my overheated car.

    Wes Welker can control the weather.

    Wes Welker is so fast I saw him come back at the end of a race before he started it.

    Wes Welker can fold spacetime and be at two places at once.

    Okay this one is true... Wes Welker kicked a field goal, kicked off, and then made the tackle on the kick return. Wait, or is it, Wes Welker ran a kick back for a TD, kicked the XP, kicked off, and made the tackle?

    I dunno. He's versatile, let's just say that.

  12. Fanfrom1960

    Fanfrom1960 In the Starting Line-Up

    Who cares? Let'em get possessed by the green monster down there in Miami. It's obvious Belichick and the Patriots really wanted Welker. I have a feeling he's going to work hard, learn the playbook and start contributing right away.
  13. PatsFanInVa

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    No Red Sox talk.
  14. jbb9s

    jbb9s In the Starting Line-Up

    I thought Welker's return ability was clearly debunked in previous threads. Our guys had better averages than him. Its just that he specifically burned us a few times so fans have a skewed views. I'll find the link.
  15. signbabybrady

    signbabybrady Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

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    I am really happy we got Welker but....how good of a player/s do you think miami gets with our two and 7, and how good of a player/s would we have gotten?

    I cant Imagine we would have done much better than I expect welker to be.

    and somehow I feel like miami will blow the pick.
  16. PatsMyBoyz!

    PatsMyBoyz! Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

    Quite honestly I don't care what #s he put up in Miami because they really have no bearing on what he'll do here in our system. He's got the right attitude,he's got speed,he can run,he can cut, we had to double-team him,and he's versatile.

    Whatever he did or didn't do under Saban,Harrington,Culpepper,etc makes no difference to me at all. He's smart, he's willing to learn,he wants to be here,and he's got skills.

    Miami got a draft pick so we could avoid all the BS that was bound to ensue,and as Pioli said there's always a danger of losing the player. If the Pats think he's a second Troy Brown then he's worth every penny. He's also a player for the 'now',not a rookie. And call me crazy but I don't feel threatened by Miami's possession of a couple of our picks because Belipioli they aren't,let's face it. I'm glad Kraft deflected the drama-the memory of a few well-known past dramas still haunt my memory.

    What's not to like about Wes Welker? He hasn't even played a down yet.
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2007
  17. JoeSixPat

    JoeSixPat Pro Bowl Player

    That depends on whether there was an inclination to take a particular position in the 2nd round. Given the supposed depth at WR this year I'd have to think that a 2nd round selection would have had a lot of upside.

    The downside of course is, like Jackson, WRs usually need a few years to develop.

    How many passes did Welker catch his rookie season? More or less than Jackson? (So I guess that means that Welker was a bust just like Jackson supposedly is)

    So if WR were a candidate for our 2nd round choice we basically get immediate return instead of waiting 2-3 years.

    As far as whether Welker can return kicks - it may be that the brain trust on Patsfans.com has proven he can't do it, but personally, I'll wait for BB to make that call. If it turns out he does return kicks and punts and does so well, I'll look forward to reading everyone's mea culpa's on that one as well!
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2007

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