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  1. Fencer

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    Wes Welker is small, and not particularly great at catching throws far from his body.

    What makes him a great receiver is that he's elite -- probably all-time elite -- at using his legs and brains to move his small target area well away from defenders. And he is also elite at running elusively after the catch.

    Welker's target area isn't super-small, as is evidenced by the fact that Matt Cassell was able to feast on it much as Brady does. But it is small enough that defenses can indeed sometimes hamper his success -- just as they can for every other receiver in the game.
     
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    Of course he has trouble catching balls away from his body. Dude's 5'8, he's got short arms and smaller hands.
     
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    Welk has decent hand size and a grip like steel. That said a 5' 9" guy's arms don't reach out that far.
     
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    I wish we do sign him up forever and not have him follow Branch's path.

    And, count me among those who were holding their breath when he was still late in the game in kick returns.
     
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    Welker's real flaw is being too good a guy, too good a teammate, and wanting to play for the Patriots too much. He should have told them to pound sand and never signed that tag. There is no way they would be sitting where they are without him and maybe then some of the morons who want him gone would wake up to how much he means to this team. Brady gets it, it's a shame so many others never will.
     
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    Dude. Give it a rest already.
     
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    His trouble is that pornstache. It has to go. Really.
     
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    I was just writing about this in another thread. Spot on, I agree. Brady has to hit him square in the chest/stomach area or any sort of arms extension will cause him issues.

    Amazing. We are playing with fire there with him. He always takes such a beating too

    Every game I fear for his well being and feel he gets banged around like a rag doll. He literally got bent in half on one play last night.

    What. A. Heart.
     
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    This is why the patriots aren't like the 31 other teams in the NFL and are successful every single year. Thanks for proving this point.
     
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    That and the fact he yells at his imaginary friends before every kick return.
     
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    Admit it. You're Anna Burns.
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    Right. He isn't built physically to have much of a target radius, and he also doesn't happen to have superior body control in the air. When he DOES catch a ball over his head, it looks like a roller coaster ride.

    Awesome receiver nonetheless, and greatly deserving of his enormous paycheck this year.
     
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    Seriously Jack? I am not the one who starts one thread after another about Welker, in fact none of those who support Welker are starting any threads about him, ony those who want to knock him, and then people expect those who appreciate him to stay quiet while they crap away on him. Bottom line, if people start threads about Welker then I am going to chime in, anyone who doesn't like it doesn't have to read it.
     
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    Actually the Patriots pay their HOF quality players, that's why Brady and Wilfork are still here, and if they don't pay Welker then they are going to pay a huge price on the field for that mistake, just as they would have had they listened to the idiots in this forum and traded him any of the past 3 seasons. If he were not here this year they would be screwed, and only those who don't watch the games would think otherwise.
     
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    Yes, seriously. You've made your views on the guy abundantly clear. It's getting overwrought now to the point of absurdity.
     
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    Real simple solution Jack, if the turds stop posting Welker threads you won't see me responding. or you can ignore the thread, either is fine with me.
     
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    And yet i haven't started one thread about him, and you have no problem with those who do. If people start them I will respond, put me on ignore any time you want, I could care less.
     
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    Couldn't care less. It's couldn't care less. And I'm trying to give you some helpful advice. If you want to keep beating the dead horse, go right ahead.
     
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    At 5'8, not only does Welker run the slot routes to precision, what's unreal is he can run intermediate and deep-intermediate routes well too. He doesn't have the pterodactyl-like wingspan to snag passes out of the air like Megatron or Moss, but the fact that he's at least attempting to run vertical routes and doing them competitively is amazing. Welker might be the best vertical threat on this team right now.
     
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