It’s no secret that Wes Welker’s long-term future in New England might not be secure.
Welker was targeted 173 times last season, catching a league-high 122 passes. But he was targeted just five times last week, and Julian Edelman was taking some of his snaps.
“Every week is a little bit different,” Brady explained, via Tom Curran of CSNNE.com. “There are different opportunities on different weeks for different players. I think the thing that’s important to remember is that it’s a 16-game season. You start getting up there, and play  or 700 plays every year, when you need it most, you have to be fresh. I think that goes for all of us.
“There is really a fine line because you’re not pacing yourself by any stretch, but at the same time, ‘Look, it’s Week 1.’ We have a lot of football to play. We’re going to need everybody.”
Couple with Welker’s inability to get an extension beyond his $9.5 million franchise tender, there were concerns that last week was the first evidence he was being phased out, even though Edelman took a third of the snaps.
“There are going to be games where Wes has not as many opportunities, and games where he has a ton of opportunities,” said Brady. “It all depends on how the game may play out or the situation of the game. . . .
“I’m sure there won’t be too many games where he doesn’t get a lot of opportunity.”
Until he does, however, people are going to wonder.