FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker played an uncharacteristically low percentage of snaps on Sunday, logging just 43 of the 67 snaps taken in the team's 34-13 win over the Titans. In 2011, Welker was on the field for more than 89 percent of the team's offensive snaps and led all NFL receivers with 122 regular-season catches.
The decreased workload correlated with a quiet day in terms of production for Welker, who finished with just 14 yards on three catches.
But Welker, who tied Troy Brown's franchise record for career receptions on Sunday, wasn't disappointed that his stats were down on the afternoon.
"Not really, because at the end of the day it's about winning ballgames," he told reporters on Monday afternoon. "However we need to do that or whatever we need to do, that's what we're going to do. That's the ultimate goal every time we go out there on Sunday, and however I can contribute, whether it's a big day in stats or not, or blocking, or however I need to do it, that's what it's going to be, and I'm just trying to do my part as far as that goes."
The Patriots are known as a game-plan offense that alters its approach on a weekly basis. It possible that Welker's playing time, and in turn production, will see a spike in Week 2 when the team takes on the Arizona Cardinals.