FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- One of the surprising aspects of the Patriots' home-opening loss to the Cardinals was Wes Welker serving as the No. 3 receiver. Julian Edelman played over Welker in most two-receiver sets.
Including penalties and a two-point conversion, Edelman was on for 75 snaps, while Welker played 63, according to ESPNBoston.com charting.
Welker finished with five receptions for 95 yards, while Edelman had five catches for 50 yards. The first of Welker's catches broke Troy Brown's all-time franchise record for receptions, a total he upped to 562 for his Patriots career.
Welker was targeted 11 times, while Edelman was targeted six times.
Asked if he knew he wouldn't be as big a part of the offense, Welker said: "I never know. I always just prepare myself to be ready, and when my number is called, I go out there and try to make plays whenever I get an opportunity."
Asked if it was surprising to him, Welker said: "You want to be out there. I think as a competitor and everything else, especially on Sundays, it's what we play for and what we work for. You want to be out there, but at the same time, whatever works best for the team I'm for that. I totally understand it. I'm just there to help out whenever I can."
Welker said there were no injury reasons why his playing time would be cut.
"I feel great," he said.