How important is Wes Welker? We are talking Targets and Receptions here folks. Pretty impressive when you consider how important Wes Welker is to the Patriots offense and why he should continue to be a Patriots well beyond this season.
Also, take a look at his targets and receptions compared to the top 2 receivers in the league, Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald as of week 9, and also compared to who many people say is the new top slot receiver in the league, Victor Cruz. So far this season Welker gets open and catches the ball 72.29% of the time compared to just 54.26% of the time for Fitzgerald and 66.67% of the time for Johnson. While Cruz gets open and catches the ball only 57% of the time.
Wes Welker for the last 6 1/2 years has gone below 70% only once, back in 2006 while Fitzgerald and Johnson hasn't gone over 70% ever in the last 6 1/2 years and Cruz not once in the 1 1/2 years he has played so far.
Sure these receivers don't have TFB throwing to them and they don't have the same offense the Patriots have but what this shows to me is Wes Welker finds ways to get open and get the ball. These percentages are outstanding and vital to the Patriots offense. Also, don't talk to me about Welker dropping balls, at the percentage that he gets open and makes the reception I will take some dropped balls here and there.
No doubt about it, Welker should be considered the top receiver of the league. These numbers are freaking amazing. Laughable compared to the top 2 receivers of the league and extra laughable to the 'New Best Slot Receiver'.