The New England Patriots have once again listed wide receivers Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd as questionable on the injury report, and I love how Lloyd is listing has having never been a full participant in practice for about half of the season. There were some doubts as to Welker’s status last week due to an ankle injury he sustained against the Buffalo Bills, but it became obvious when he practiced on Friday that he would be playing against the Indianapolis Colts.
Welker continued his dominance this season with seven catches for 80 yards, and he was one of the top 15 receivers in the league last week. For the season, he’s been somewhere in the top ten and is second in the league with 73 receptions (Reggie Wayne’s 76 lead the league). What’s misleading here is that Wayne has had a full 25 more targets than Welker this season.
Brandon Lloyd hasn’t had the impact that we thought he would this season statistically, but I’m sure most Pats fans knew that he wouldn’t be one of the most targeted receivers on the team anyway. His job is to stretch the field and direct the attention away from the stars working in the middle of the field, but you would still like to see him do a better job of gaining separation.
He has 46 catches for 525 yards this season, but he’s actually been only barely better than Julian Edelman, who is starting to come around after returning from a hand injury. Last week, he had five catches for 58 yards and was one of the top ten performers of the week when looking at the advanced metrics.
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