May 30, 2013; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) walks off the field following organized team activities at the Broncos training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Post Predicts Wes Welker with 75 Catches in 2013

Wes Welker will begin this season on his third different NFL team in his career, and the expectations may not be as high as they were in his six-year stint with the New England Patriots.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post believes that Wes Welker will catch around 75 passes this season with the Denver Broncos as he’ll be apart of a new, spread out passing attack with Peyton Manning.

Manning has never been a part of an offense where at least three players caught 75 passes, but Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon and Jacob Tamme all cleared 67 in 2010. [Eric] Decker is the most obvious candidate to fall below 75 grabs, but if he does, it won’t be by much. The projection is another reminder Welker’s fantasy value is on the downswing in Denver.

75 is a substantial difference from catching 111 or more in five of his six seasons when he broke out with the Patriots. The one season he didn’t have over a century’s worth of catches was in 2010 when he finished with 85. That’s also the only season when he had less than four 100+ yard games.

Welker missed the playoffs that season after suffering an ACL and MCL tear in his left knee in the season finale against the Houston Texans.

Do you believe Welker will be held to a lower amount of catches or can he have the same production as he did with the Patriots?

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  • Paul V. Suffriti

    No, Welker will not have the same success he had with the Patriots. He had a special connection with Brady that will not happen in Denver. Welker was Brady’s security blanket and caught over 100 passes because it was easy for Brady to constantly target him with those quick short passes over the middle. Welker will not become Manning’s security blanket and his pass catching totals will definitely decrease. 75 catches in 2013 sound about right…..just wondering if his drops will increase with a different QB throwing the ball in his direction.

  • bronncohowie

    When the Broncos win the next two Super Bowls, nobody will care how many catches Welker had. Good luck to NFL defenses trying to stop Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Jacob Tamme and a back coming out of the backfield. Might be one of the best passing teams in history !