After having 10 catches for a career-high 150 yards last week against Tennessee, Wes Welker had 10 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown yesterday in the Patriots’ 35-7 victory over the Buccaneers. It was the first time in Welker’s six-year career that he had back-to-back 10-catch performances and it served as notice that Welker is fully recovered from the knee injury that caused him to miss two games this season.
“Yeah, I think so,’’ said Welker, who now leads the Patriots in receptions with 46 for 484 yards and is tied for the team lead with four touchdown receptions. “I’m definitely getting there.’’
Welker put the Patriots ahead, 14-0, with 2:16 left in the first quarter when he took a screen pass from quarterback Tom Brady and scampered 14 yards into the end zone. The play showed the value of Welker, who moves the chains with his ability to pick up yards after the catch.