Posted by Albert Breer July 6, 2010 08:00 AM
How would the Patriots survive if Welker was sidelined through Week 6? Well, the bye is in that stretch, which helps, but so are three division games, and three contests against 2010 playoff teams. As for what’s on the roster if he’s out, Julian Edelman’s the logical replacement, although he has a long way to go in handling the nuances of the passing game (remember how much No. 83 was missed in the playoffs) to step into Welker’s shoes. Torry Holt is another one with the smarts and toughness to play inside, if Edelman stumbles.
What’s very interesting here is how a logjam at the receiver position will be affected by Welker’s status. Randy Moss will be on the team, and it’s a good bet that Edelman, Brandon Tate and Taylor Price will join him. That leaves Holt, fellow veteran David Patten and special teamers Sam Aiken and Matthew Slater jockeying for roster spots.
If Welker’s sitting on the PUP, another job opens up. If he’s ready – and there’s a good chance he will be – paychecks will be tough to come by in that group.