Originally Posted by patsfan13
Don't think Phillips was denigrating Welker.
Comparing him to traditional WR's is missing the point
Welker almost doesn't play the traditional WR role. He IS, the player who defined the modern slot receiver. If he plays 5 more years, he would project to be #2 in NFL career receptions and top 15 in yards.
When you look at Welker his TPC is ~ 2 less than an elite traditional WR like A Johnson or other HOF type WR.
If Welker maintains his performance level for another few years he should get in the HOF.
Welker BTW is a big reason why it is very hard to blitz Brady. He does a great job reading the D pre snap and get to the right spot.
BTW the 3 cone drill time is probably more valuable to a slot receiver than the 40 time....
Welker's numbers at the beginning of the year were very pedestrian when all the TEs and WRs were healthy. The injuries "put him back into the game." Now everyone's healthy, and he may once again "disappear." This game, I believe that Welker (and less the other receivers) need to be bumped at the line to disrupt the timing for Brady's quick release short passes. We should not be pass rushing more than 5. We need to keep TWO over-the-top safeties besides Quinn up closer in the nickel.