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WR Wes Welker - Denver Broncos

5-9, 190Born: 5-1-1981College: Texas TechDrafted: ---

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Week 5: vs Arizona Cardinals

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Recent Stats and Projections

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3 at SEA 0 0 0 9 6 60 0 0
5 vs ARI PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 5 * * *
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5 vs ARI PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 3 vs SEA (9 / 6 / 60 / 0 rec)

Wes Welker returned to the field for the first time in 2014, but it was clear early that he remains the 3rd WR in this offense. Welker saw little playing time early as Denver started the game using 2-TE sets. An injury to Virgil Green on Denver's 3rd drive, however, opened the door for Welker to get extended playing time; Welker's first targets came early on Denver's 4th drive, and he finished with nine for the game. Just like last year, Welker primarily earned his receptions on short crossing routes with his fellow receivers setting natural pick plays, a concept that was effective against Seattle's defense. In one sequence late in the game, Welker converted three first downs in a six-play stretch. Seattle managed to get a few punishing hits on Welker, but he got up quickly from each of them and seemed no worse for the wear. In all, it was a promising return for Welker, who showed little rust despite his extended absence.

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Latest News

Broncos | Wes Welker good to go (Sun Sep 21, 10:01 AM) - Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) had no setbacks in practice this week and will play Sunday, Sept. 11. However, there's no guarantee on number of snaps he'll receive in a crowded offense.

Our View: Welker has low upside in a tough matchup with his effectiveness and number of snaps unknown.
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Broncos | Wes Welker ready to play (Fri Sep 19, 02:37 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) has practiced with the team all week and is ready to play in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks. He practiced in full all week, and he's listed as probable for Sunday, Sept. 21. 'It's been great,' head coach John Fox said of Welker's work this week. 'He's a veteran guy that attacks preparation, and he's had a great week.' Welker is expected to play, but he may not see a normal number of snaps as he would have if he had practiced more with the team before his suspension.

Our View: Welker is still a low upside play against a very tough Seahawks defense in Seattle on a likely limited snap count.
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Broncos | Wes Welker's health a non-issue (Thu Sep 18, 01:32 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) practiced with the team Wednesday, Sept. 17, which was his first on-field work since Labor Day, and he said he was cleared medically 'about a week or so ago.' “I appreciate their concern, I do,' Welker said. “But at the same time, I feel great. I feel sharp and ready to go.' Head coach John Fox said that Welker's suspension, from a health perspective, may have been a 'blessing in disguise' for Welker.

Our View: We felt that Welker's time off could indeed be helpful for him (and his health) long term. Our own Cecil Lammey has said that the team will definitely use him and have been working to put packages together for him specifically. They won't overwhelm him, Lammey says, but could use him in the red zone quite frequently. This doesn't impact Emmanuel Sanders as he was replacing Eric Decker but might take away a little bit of Julius Thomas' red zone targets. There is some uncertainty here so we are cautious—this first time out he's no more than a WR4 and you should keep your expectations a little low until we see how the Broncos use him.
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Broncos | Wes Welker not committing to Week 3 (Wed Sep 17, 05:06 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker feels great physically and is ready to return to the team, but he stopped short of committing to playing in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks. 'That's a coach's decision,' Welker said. ' ... I'm preparing like I'm going to play.' Welker was back on the practice field Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Our View: The Broncos are being coy when talking about Welker's potential role in Week 3 against the Seahawks. We think he plays, and we think he'll be used on a limited basis. Welker could produce like a "what the heck" flex play with upside if he does play on Sunday.
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Broncos | Wes Welker to return to slot (Wed Sep 17, 04:31 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker will return to the slot receiver position in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks, moving WR Emmanuel Sanders back outside opposite WR Demaryius Thomas. WR Andre Caldwell will return to the No. 4 receiver role.

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Schedule

5vs Arizona Cardinals
6@ New York Jets
7vs San Francisco 49ers
8vs San Diego Chargers
9@ New England Patriots
10@ Oakland Raiders
11@ St. Louis Rams
12vs Miami Dolphins
13@ Kansas City Chiefs
14vs Buffalo Bills
15@ San Diego Chargers
16@ Cincinnati Bengals
17vs Oakland Raiders