September 20, 2017

Game Ball – WR Wes Welker

by Chris Warner, Patriots Daily Staff

You know it’s been a solid game for the home team when several different players vie for the coveted PD Game Ball.

After Sunday’s 35-7 de-clawing of the Jacksonville Jaguars, the prize could have gone to quarterback Tom Brady, who hit Randy Moss three times and Chris Baker once for touchdowns, missed only three passes all day (one of which hit Fred Taylor in the chest), and eluded an onrushing defender’s arm so well it looked choreographed.

We also considered running back Sammy Morris, who averaged almost eight yards a carry; safety Brandon Meriweather, with six tackles and one interception; and Kyle Arrington, who racked up five special teams tackles.

In the end, though, we had to consider these facts: this season, Wes Welker has 122 receptions. That’s more than the Cleveland Browns’ top four receivers combined. (It’s true – take a look).

By catching 13 passes for 138 yards, Welker gave Brady the same reliable target he always does; he also seemed to open up the field for others. Moss’ three TDs Sunday matched his best output of the year (with the Tennessee trouncing of Week Six). Brady found a larger-than-usual variety of receivers vs. Jacksonville, connecting with seven different players. These included tight ends Benjamin Watson and Baker, as well as Welker-in-training Julian Edelman (one for 28 yards).

Mr. Welker, you offer a steady influence on the offense and a rate of production that would make a Bollywood studio swoon (which might look something like this). For all your efforts, please accept yet another PD Game Ball.

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  1. Hard to pick just one, right? Seriously though, did you see the O-Line play a physical Jags team like that? If the line holds up like that, we’ll do some damage in the playoffs, thats for sure

    • Chris Warner says:

      David – absolutely. I was so focused on individual performances that I didn’t consider the offensive line for a much-deserved group award. Not much of a pass rush from Jax, but the fact the Pats ran the way they did using all their backs bodes really well for January.

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