After the Patriots’ absolutely stunning — and, really, inexcusable — 20-18 loss to the Cardinals Sunday at Gillette Stadium, there can be no doubt: WR Wes Welker was set to be phased out of the Patriots’ offense.
Whether that was short term, or for the rest of the season, we don’t know. And it was likely rendered moot in the wake of the serious right ankle sprain that could sideline tight end Aaron Hernandez for at least a month.
The loss of Hernandez for at least a month will likely give Welker more of a role in the offense as they could go with more 3WR sets. But before the injury, the Pats were clearly coming up with a game plan that doesn't include a lot of Welker. In fact, it seems the roles of Welker and Julian Edelman have been switched. In the Pat's "12" personnel which features 2 WRs, 2 TEs and a RB, Edelman played in 13 of the 15 plays while Welker was in just 2.