Wes Welker is considered an elite wide receiver and he practically re-defined the slot position in the NFL but being part of the incredibly potent Denver Broncos offence has got Welker believing that he is the weak link.
Welker actually holds the most 100-catch seasons with five and has played for two of the highest-scoring offences in the history of the league, so how is it possible that the diminutive wide receiver can be a weakness for the Broncos?
If you ask the 33-year-old, its down to the fact he is not receiving the ball as much as the other wide receivers in the Denver offence.
Welker currently has 19 receptions in the first seven games of the season, which is his lowest output over that stretch of time since 2005.
The 5 ft 9 wide receiver may be seeing the ball a lot less but the Broncos offence hasn't slowed down after their historic season last term, they've continued in the same vain and have propelled themselves to a 6-1 record so far.
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Welker the weak-link
With the Broncos performing so well without a heavy contribution from Welker, he was asked about his feelings towards his inclusivity in the offence, he responded:
"Yeah it's definitely been different, for sure, Would I want the ball more? Yes. As long as we're winning games and we're being productive on offense and doing those things, I'm good with however we get that done. It's kind of strange being, I feel like, the weak link of our offense. If I'm the weak link, we're going to be OK."
The season has been bumpy to say the least for Welker, he hasn't seen as many balls come his way as he's used to, he's had to battle with on-going concussion troubles and even found himself in hot water after being suspended for substance violation.
The suspension was initially for four games, but was reduced to two when the NFL and the NFL Players Association approved a new drug policy but it has meant that Welker has missed valuable playing time this season.
In the minor absence of Welker's productivity, other weapons on the offence have stepped up including Tight End Julius Thomas who has nine touchdowns already, whilst free agent signing Emmanuel Sanders has more than made up for the omission of Eric Decker.
Sanders was asked about Welker's opinion that he may have become the weak link, he explained:
"Wes is far, far from the weak link in the offense, The thing is, it could be anybody's day on any given Sunday. Wes just hasn't had his opportunity. But I remember when you guys were saying [Demaryius Thomas] was not being as productive and things of that sort, and I came out and I said, 'Look, Demaryius can go off in any game for 200 yards' and that next game, he went out for 200 yards. So that's the same thing with Wes. Wes can go out for three touchdowns and have a big game versus any opponent. I feel like it's going to click for him pretty soon."
Welker's production will surely pick up, he has distinguished himself as a top receiver over his NFL career and the only aspect currently holding him back is the wealth of options for the Broncos, which certainly isn't a bad thing.
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