Sunday, November 22, 2009
Welker's day one for the books
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots have had some great receivers over the years. Randy Moss, Troy Brown, Terry Glenn, Irving Fryar and Stanley Morgan all were more than capable of producing a monster game.
The Patriots' Wes Welker set career highs with 15 receptions for 192 yards.
None of them ever had a game quite like Wes Welker did Sunday.
The gritty slot receiver was dominant in helping the Patriots thump the New York Jets 31-14 in Gillette Stadium.
With Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis handling Moss, Welker had 15 receptions (club record in a non-overtime game) for 192 yards (third in team history). Welker also ran for 11 yards, making him just the sixth NFL player since 1990 to notch at least 15 receptions and 200 yards from scrimmage in a game.
"He's like the Energizer bunny," Revis said. "He keeps on going and going, even if he gets knocked down. That's what we wanted to focus on this week, getting up in his face and making it hard for him. He's shifty in there. He's very fast. He does it week by week."
Brown holds the franchise record with 16 receptions, but that was in an overtime game and he didn't have as many yards as Welker did Sunday. Glenn had the two best days in yardage with games of 214 and 193 yards.
ESPN Stats & Information tracked every play and determined 10 of Welker's catches came across the middle for 116 yards, with 32 yards coming after the catch. That's the highest YAC total he's had in the middle of the field this year.
"He played big, and he always does," Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said. "He's a great player, and he's working the middle of the field, and when the coverage goes to Randy, Wes has some opportunities. He played a great game. What a performance."