Welker's potentially historic impact

Why Welker and Peyton Manning could make history this season

Updated: August 21, 2013, 12:17 PM ET
By Scott Kacsmar | Football Outsiders

The Peyton Manning-to-Wes Welker connection produced its first touchdown Saturday night in the Denver Broncos' preseason loss to the Seattle Seahawks. It was an 11-yard scoring play generated by the two veterans, who appear to be building great chemistry.

Frankly, how could this not work out? It's the equivalent of Denver hitting the slot machine jackpot.

Welker redefined the NFL slot receiver role in his tenure with the New England Patriots, during which he caught 672 passes -- the most in any six-season span in NFL history -- for several of the highest-scoring offenses ever. As for Manning, everyone is aware of his statistical dominance, but some may not realize just how efficient he is when throwing to the slot, which is the position from which Welker makes most of his plays.