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Welker gives Brady the credit for record pace

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Patriots receiver Wes Welker remains on pace to break the NFL records for catches and yards in a season, but he’s not too concerned about how much credit he gets for his incredible year.

Welker deflected the praise when he was asked whether he’d be putting up the same numbers if he had a quarterback other than Tom Brady throwing to him.

No. There’s no question. There’s no way I would,” Welker said. “I think in my time in Miami I went through four or five quarterbacks and didn’t play as much. Being here, with Tom, in this offense, I am not going to sit here and say I’d have the same numbers. No way.”

The Dolphins obviously never had a quarterback anything like Brady during Welker’s time in Miami, but what really held Welker back in Miami is that the Dolphins never knew what they had in Welker: He only started three games in three seasons.

In New England, Welker has shown that he’s capable of playing well even without Brady throwing to him: He caught 111 passes for 1,165 yards in 2008, when Brady was lost for the season in Week One, so it’s not like Brady deserves all the credit for Welker’s success.

But Welker is certainly at his best when he has Brady passing to him. In fact, Welker and Brady right now might be the best pass-catch combination the league has ever seen. Welker has 45 catches for 740 yards, which puts him on pace for 144 catches and 2,368 yards, both of which would be new NFL records. And Brady has 1,874 passing yards, which puts him on pace for 5,997 on the season, which would also be a new record.

These two guys are pretty good together.

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54 Responses to “Welker gives Brady the credit for record pace”
  1. realitypolice says: Oct 13, 2011 2:26 PM

    Umm……….no kidding.

  2. mdd913 says: Oct 13, 2011 2:29 PM

    Fantasy gold! I have these two paired up and am dominating my league. :D

  3. cytofed says: Oct 13, 2011 2:30 PM

    Great story, hopefully gm will start evualting receivers by their football attributes rather than writing them off because the color of their skins. It’s also great to see that cam newton is having a great year, the NFL is moving in the right direction.

  4. carnboys says: Oct 13, 2011 2:30 PM

    Welker good football player. Makes the plays on the field.

  5. Stiller43 says: Oct 13, 2011 2:30 PM

    Wasn’t Brady on pace for like 7,500 yards a couple weeks ago?

    Brady’s the best in the game, but it looks like he’s slowing down, and October just started.

    We’re a third of the way into the season. Can we stop with all this “twenty QB’s are going to break the all time record” thing until maybe week 13, 14?

  6. skoobyfl says: Oct 13, 2011 2:33 PM

    2nd place in the AFC is pretty good, GO BILLS!!!

    Shoutout to TBD, Scrappy is Skooby.

  7. sprest83 says: Oct 13, 2011 2:33 PM

    Lets not forget the biggest key ingredient, extra exclusive game film.

  8. flash1283 says: Oct 13, 2011 2:33 PM

    Oh man, you’re going to bring all the haters out with this one.

  9. inbillwetrust says: Oct 13, 2011 2:37 PM

    montana to rice
    brady to welker
    sanchez to burress
    obviously jk about the last one

  10. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Oct 13, 2011 2:38 PM

    Both of these guys need to defer a lot of the acolades that they get to their o-line. Patriots have wisely invested in their o-line for years and it pays off big time. Brady has time to eat a hand sandwhich back there before he gets rid of the ball. That is exactly the reason all the qb’s who step in there are consistantly able to produce… Brady, Cassel, and even Mallet and Hoyer this preseason.

    Brady and Welker are great, but o-line has been amazing too…

  11. cfmaguire9 says: Oct 13, 2011 2:40 PM

    Hopefully he remembers that when free agency rolls around.

    But, without a doubt, the man deserves to get paid.

  12. howiegtr says: Oct 13, 2011 2:41 PM

    Wasn’t Brady on pace for like 7,500 yards a couple weeks ago?

    ————————————————
    The running game has cranked up. The Pats have the 6th best rushing offense now that eats a lot of clock, thus robbing passing yards

  13. alltee says: Oct 13, 2011 2:48 PM

    sprest83

    how lonely is it at night sitting up awake all night and cursing the patriots while your team sucks??

    just become a pats fan its clear you spend as much as all of us die hard pats fans thinking about the pats.

    quickly jump to espn there is a new pats article for you to post comments on

  14. thegreatwhitemidget says: Oct 13, 2011 2:52 PM

    Brady ” welker is the one making great plays and my o line giving me great protection” should be his response

  15. bullcharger says: Oct 13, 2011 2:55 PM

    With the running game rolling, Brady will decline a bit in yards, but because of the start he’s had he probably will still finish close to the record. If he has any other 400 yard games (maybe against indy and KC) that would mean he would probably only needs about a 270 average in the other games to break the record. That said, it’s not really an impressive record like the TD record. You can lose a lot of games and still have a ton of yards. Ask Rivers.

  16. southridge23 says: Oct 13, 2011 2:56 PM

    I like the Patriots so I’m not hating when I say Wes Welker needs to kiss the ground that Bellicek/Brady walk on for the rest of his life…

    Welker on any team other than GB, NE, maybe NO = 45 catches 650 yds 5 TD’s

  17. rexryanisablowhard says: Oct 13, 2011 2:58 PM

    flash1283 says:
    Oct 13, 2011 2:33 PM
    Oh man, you’re going to bring all the haters out with this one.

    ————————————-

    And clearly the dumb and uninformed.

  18. jsho55 says: Oct 13, 2011 3:00 PM

    Hopefully Welker tells his agent the same thing so that leaving the Patriots isn’t much of a thought this summer.

  19. jimbobobjr says: Oct 13, 2011 3:04 PM

    I hate the Patriots but have to give credit where credit is due. Good for Welker.

  20. klunge says: Oct 13, 2011 3:10 PM

    badtimeoutcaldwell says:
    Oct 13, 2011 2:38 PM
    .. Brady has time to eat a hand sandwhich…
    ———————————————–

    There’s not enough Miracle Whip in the world to convince me to bite into one of those…

  21. rc33 says: Oct 13, 2011 3:10 PM

    Brady a totally pedestrian QB.
    That’s been long established by the MENSA’S that post on this board.

    1) Belichick
    2) Adam Vinatieri
    3) Spygate
    4) His (apparently) great Offensive Line

    Take away any of them and the schmuck is Drew Henson.
    Likely worse.

    And what does Welker know anyway?

  22. slammincamnewton says: Oct 13, 2011 3:13 PM

    Smith and Newton are getting the numbers by throwing down field. Any QB can dink and dunk five yard passes. NO CREDIT FROM ME

  23. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 13, 2011 3:22 PM

    Ever since I got Welker on my fantasy team, women have started speaking to me!!

  24. howley1 says: Oct 13, 2011 3:30 PM

    I have been assured that yards don’t matter.

  25. kingkreg12 says: Oct 13, 2011 3:33 PM

    @Rc33

    Arguably one of the more ignorant things I have ever read on this site. Brady has had a revolving door of offensive players at his side each year, yet he still finds a way to put up eye popping numbers.

    Did Bill or a kicker or his line really make all those clutch throws to put them in position to win all those SBs, or any of the 50 TDs he chucked while setting records?

    Maybe you could put it on Bill for fielding such a miserable defense that will probably lead him to breaking Marino’s record.

    It’s like saying take Rice away from Montana and he would be nothing, statements like these are among some of the least thought out ever.

  26. deighton95 says: Oct 13, 2011 3:37 PM

    slammincamnewton says: Oct 13, 2011 3:13 PM

    Smith and Newton are getting the numbers by throwing down field. Any QB can dink and dunk five yard passes. NO CREDIT FROM ME

    **********************************************

    I guess that tying the NFL record for longest pass in history at 99 yards in considered “dink and dunk”.

    Welker is the real deal and will go deep, run a slant, 15 yard curl, or anything else that is required to win.

    I know this and so does everyone else who has a freaking brain.

  27. tombradyallday says: Oct 13, 2011 3:37 PM

    just goes to show how nfl scouts r wrong half the time. they said welker was to little, brady to slow no arm strength, green-elis slow 40 time, branch not big enough. not about wat round ur drafted but wat you do with your opportunity. dolphins is like dam how could we let welker get away. too late now

  28. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Oct 13, 2011 3:40 PM

    The Dolphins have an incredible air attack with Drew Brees throwing to Wes Welker!

    (Post from another dimension, in which Miami has a competent front office.)

  29. denverwally says: Oct 13, 2011 3:47 PM

    sprest83 says:
    Oct 13, 2011 2:33 PM
    Lets not forget the biggest key ingredient, extra exclusive game film.

    =============================

    And as we saw this week, everybody is filming – including the Jets. If you are not, you are stupid.

  30. expatpatfan says: Oct 13, 2011 3:54 PM

    Smith and Newton are getting the numbers by throwing down field. Any QB can dink and dunk five yard passes. NO CREDIT FROM ME
    ===================================
    % of deep passes (15+ yards):
    Newton: 28.4 (3rd overall)
    Brady: 25.0 (6th overall)

    You’ll give up a better success rate, completion rate, and AYPA for a +3.4% to the deep ball? Did you just start following football?

  31. toonsterwu says: Oct 13, 2011 4:03 PM

    badtimeoutcaldwell – on additional point on their OL is this – they do a great job of scouting talent. Outside of Solder, all the other guys are late 1st (Mankins) or lower guys. Scarnecchia is one of the best in the business (that said, they still have an issue inside at guard, and could use someone to groom behind Koppen).

    You see so many teams spending high first picks on tackle talent, but they have Light and Vollmer, two 2nd rounders (and Vollmer was a mild surprise that year). They know what they want out of their OL talent, physical guys, with a no-nonsense approach, willing to learn and work on technique.

    Through the Patriots run, their OL has always been somewhat undervalued and somewhat blamed whenever they have issues, but considering the resources they spent on it (relatively minimal compared to other orgs as it relates to picks), it’s been a job well-done.

  32. slammincamnewton says: Oct 13, 2011 4:14 PM

    expatpatfan says:
    Oct 13, 2011 3:54 PM
    Smith and Newton are getting the numbers by throwing down field. Any QB can dink and dunk five yard passes. NO CREDIT FROM ME
    ===================================
    % of deep passes (15+ yards):
    Newton: 28.4 (3rd overall)
    Brady: 25.0 (6th overall)

    You’ll give up a better success rate, completion rate, and AYPA for a +3.4% to the deep ball? Did you just start following football?

    ——————————————–

    Yah well i’m not talking about success rate. I’m talking about it’s easier to accumulate those numbers with that offense. I’m not taking away from how good Welker is, he’s the ultimate slot reciever. But he’s just that. Newton and Smith are putting up their numbers throwing the deep ball, not by acquiring YAC.

  33. swagger52 says: Oct 13, 2011 4:29 PM

    Should have asked Brady who can take the credit for Wes’s record breaking year. So that Brady can give credit to where it is due – to Welker.

    The Ravens have played Brady and Welker. Of the two, I would prefer that Welker was missing instead of Brady. Lots of QBs can throw an accurate short pass to the guy that they know will be open. Not many WRs can get open and so reliably hold onto the ball like Welker.

  34. portnoychunk says: Oct 13, 2011 4:31 PM

    I live in North Carolina and watch the Panthers, you’re not a very bright individual.

  35. homelanddefense says: Oct 13, 2011 4:34 PM

    slammincamnewton says: Oct 13, 2011 3:13 PM

    Smith and Newton are getting the numbers by throwing down field. Any QB can dink and dunk five yard passes. NO CREDIT FROM ME

    _______________________________

    I love this argument. They lead the league in scoring with that offense. If its SO EASY then why dont all the teams do it?

  36. portnoychunk says: Oct 13, 2011 4:38 PM

    “Yah well i’m not talking about success rate. I’m talking about it’s easier to accumulate those numbers with that offense. I’m not taking away from how good Welker is, he’s the ultimate slot reciever. But he’s just that. Newton and Smith are putting up their numbers throwing the deep ball, not by acquiring YAC.”

    Welker:

    740 yards – 288 YAC

    Smith:

    609 yards – 176 YAC

    Welker is #1 in YAC…Steve Smith is #5 in YAC in the league…..but don’t let facts get in the way of your argument.

  37. chas88 says: Oct 13, 2011 4:41 PM

    “Yah well i’m not talking about success rate. I’m talking about it’s easier to accumulate those numbers with that offense. I’m not taking away from how good Welker is, he’s the ultimate slot reciever. But he’s just that. Newton and Smith are putting up their numbers throwing the deep ball, not by acquiring YAC.”

    It may or may not be easier, but that’s how the Pats offense works, especially when they don’t even really have a receiver that is known to stretch the field and catch the deep ball. Brady gets points by spreading the ball around and completing short, accurate passes. Hey, it works. Better than that of Carolina might I add.

  38. nesuperfan says: Oct 13, 2011 4:41 PM

    I am pretty sure that rc33 was being 100% sarcastic, and just pointing out the multitude of lame excuses used for Brady’s success.

  39. green18blue52 says: Oct 13, 2011 5:02 PM

    Badtimeoutcaldwell… Hand Sandwich? Who is he, Hannibal Freaking Lecter?

  40. bayoubauer says: Oct 13, 2011 5:20 PM

    Hear that, T.O.?

    That’s what they call class.

  41. cliverush says: Oct 13, 2011 5:35 PM

    Welker and Brady both profit from a system the Pats use. The O-line has had numerous players over the past decade work their way onto the team from the practice squad. These guys hang around, work with the team, get an opportunity to play and are ready. Many are cuts from other teams and some are F/A’s among the many brought in during training camp. It is a great system needed to protect a valuable asset.

  42. mikey2594 says: Oct 13, 2011 5:38 PM

    Is there really a Cam Newton – Tom Brady argument going on here…never cease to be amazed…perhaps Cam should more than 5 games onto his resume….just saying

  43. 6ball says: Oct 13, 2011 5:40 PM

    .

    @slammincamnewton

    Your team is 1-4 with its only victory being a 6 point home victory over Jacksonville. I guess that was your super bowl.

    Most patriot fans are used to looking at the scoreboard, not running logarithms on YAC Welker v Hernandez. That’s Belichick’s job.

    Good organizations are about wins and losses. The others feed off personal stats.

    .

  44. sschmiggles says: Oct 13, 2011 5:48 PM

    slammincamnewton says:
    Oct 13, 2011 4:14 PM

    Yah well i’m not talking about success rate. I’m talking about it’s easier to accumulate those numbers with that offense. I’m not taking away from how good Welker is, he’s the ultimate slot reciever. But he’s just that. Newton and Smith are putting up their numbers throwing the deep ball, not by acquiring YAC.
    _____________________________

    You’re a moron, dude. Welker has played 40% of his snaps as an outside receiver this year, and he’s averaging 16.4 yards per catch. He isn’t just the “ultimate slot receiver,” he’s become one of the most complete receivers in the league.

  45. nannymcsack says: Oct 13, 2011 5:52 PM

    pretty sure wes caught one like 40 yards down the field last week and almost took it to the house. how far downfield is downfield to this clown?

  46. rc33 says: Oct 13, 2011 5:55 PM

    Damn, I was being as sarcastic as I possibly could without actually spelling it out.

    As a bad comedian or any Red Sox pitcher would say, “I gotta work on my delivery.”

  47. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Oct 13, 2011 6:01 PM

    You’ll know we have reached racial equality in this country when the two biggest racists in the country, Tom Jackson and Chris Carter, pronounce them the best pitch-catch combo in the game.

  48. TheWizard says: Oct 13, 2011 8:04 PM

    Patriots have wisely invested in their o-line for years and it pays off big time

    They are very good, and Brady often has 7 clean seconds in the pocket, but these guys have to quit disappearing in the playoffs.

  49. cosanostra71 says: Oct 13, 2011 8:50 PM

    Hate the Patriots but love having Welker on my fantasy team

  50. dawkattack says: Oct 13, 2011 11:11 PM

    You usually stack Yards when your the average wr with the rest being mediocre

  51. swagger52 says: Oct 14, 2011 1:07 AM

    slammincamnewton says: Oct 13, 2011 3:13 PM

    Smith and Newton are getting the numbers by throwing down field. Any QB can dink and dunk five yard passes. NO CREDIT FROM ME

    _______________________________

    I love this argument. They lead the league in scoring with that offense. If its SO EASY then why dont all the teams do it?

    __________________________

    Easy..Because they don’t have Wes Welker to make all those catches. He gets open and then holds onto the ball. Without Wes Welker, Brady wouldn’t be Mr. September and October.

  52. homelanddefense says: Oct 14, 2011 1:31 PM

    Mr September, what is that even supposed to mean?

    So is the offense easy, or is it because Brady and Welker excel at their job….cant be both. I guess when Brady threw 20 bombs to Moss in 2007 that was all dink and dunk too right?

  53. rc33 says: Oct 14, 2011 5:39 PM

    slammincamnewton says: Oct 13, 2011 3:13 PM

    Smith and Newton are getting the numbers by throwing down field. Any QB can dink and dunk five yard passes. NO CREDIT FROM ME

    —————————————————————–

    Mind-numbingly stupid people are growing increasingly tiresome.
    You’re the perfect embodiment of the uneducated, brain-dead punk from this decade.
    Do yourself a favor and stop posting.

  54. nannymcsack says: Oct 16, 2011 11:46 AM

    tim tebow is flabbergasted. 6 yard passes are not in his repertoire

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