The New England Patriots have once again listed both Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez as questionable, but both players are locks to play against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Sean Smith is the only good defensive back on the team, and he won’t be covering either player in this game. Welker has a chance for a huge game against Jimmy Wilson, while Hernandez will likely take advantage of a subpar safety tandem.
Welker and Hernandez have always been listed as limited participants in practice, and Bill Belichick loves to name both players questionable. Hernandez made his return from an ankle injury on Thanksgiving, but he only received a limited role against the New York Jets. Now that he has had a game to get into things, look for Herny to receive a bigger role in the offense.
Hernandez hasn’t received many targets at all in the five games he has played in, but he has been incredibly productive per play when he has been on the field. Tom Brady has averaged nearly ten yards per attempt when throwing it at Hernandez, and the tight end has caught nearly 75% of everything thrown at him.
Wes Welker has been one of the best wide receivers in the league this season with 53 catches for nearly 750 yards and ten touchdowns. He has been as efficient as it gets on a per play basis, as he has averaged exactly 10.0 yards per target on 75 targets this season. Talk about having a huge season in a contract year.
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