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08:02 AM ET 03.07 | Might there be a receiver just as likely to fit the Patriots' attack as Wes Welker? [With] long-term contract talks breaking down between the player and team as of Wednesday morning, it looks like Welker will be free to test the open market beginning March 12. ... Wideout Brandon Lloyd is likely headed for a new city and tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski had problems staying healthy during the 2012 regular season. With the team's most reliable and consistent pass-catcher possibly on his way out the door, where could New England turn for help? The odds-on favorite at the moment is St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola.

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March 7, 2013  08:43 AM ET

Booyahhh

March 7, 2013  08:44 AM ET

Ammendola gets hurt a lot, too. Why won't the Pats just resolve the situation with Welker? Is it because he has gotten on BB's wrong side by saying things in interviews that goes against BB's policy of public silence?

March 7, 2013  08:48 AM ET
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Ammendola gets hurt a lot, too. Why won't the Pats just resolve the situation with Welker? Is it because he has gotten on BB's wrong side by saying things in interviews that goes against BB's policy of public silence?

Maybe it is because he will turn 32 before the season starts and he knows this is his last chance to cash in and the Pats will not guarantee enough money in a deal. Can't blame him, he owes them nothing, it is a tough business and both sides play for keeps.

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March 7, 2013  08:54 AM ET
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They still need an deep threat, but none of these white boys are going to do that for them anyway.

White boys ??

March 7, 2013  09:02 AM ET
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White boys ??

I do believe the 3 gentlemen in question are considered caucasian and none of them particularly terrify defenses with their speed.

March 7, 2013  09:05 AM ET
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I do believe the 3 gentlemen in question are considered caucasian and none of them particularly terrify defenses with their speed.

Maybe they are good route runners with great hands. Speed is overrated.

March 7, 2013  09:11 AM ET
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Maybe they are good route runners with great hands. Speed is overrated.

No maybe about it. They wouldn't be in the league if they didn't run great routes, have great hands, and bust their **** every play. They point remains, they all benefit from playing on a team that has a burner who stretches the defense and the Pats, in particular, would benefit from having someone who can go deep.

March 7, 2013  09:15 AM ET
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No maybe about it. They wouldn't be in the league if they didn't run great routes, have great hands, and bust their **** every play. They point remains, they all benefit from playing on a team that has a burner who stretches the defense and the Pats, in particular, would benefit from having someone who can go deep.

The Pats have done very well without a speed burner. Their offense is built around crossing patterns.

March 7, 2013  09:16 AM ET

Welker comes home to the Dolphins, Hartline signs with the Pats and goes on to have a Wes-Welker type year.

March 7, 2013  09:18 AM ET
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Welker comes home to the Dolphins, Hartline signs with the Pats and goes on to have a Wes-Welker type year.

Randy Moss is a free agent.

March 7, 2013  09:19 AM ET
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Randy Moss is a free agent.

Thank god he doesn't have any talent to bring to South Beach.

March 7, 2013  09:32 AM ET
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The Pats have done very well without a speed burner. Their offense is built around crossing patterns.

Very true. Everyone made the argument that Welker's production would go way down after Moss left and there was no one to stretch the field, but that never happened. Welker has quick feet and can get separation underneath under just about any circumstances.

March 7, 2013  09:34 AM ET
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.... They point remains, they all benefit from playing on a team that has a burner who stretches the defense and the Pats, in particular, would benefit from having someone who can go deep.

Their draft choices have not been good choices too often in key spots like WR and pass rushers.. Typical WR draft choice: In 2009 they draft Tate with the 83rd pick, the 84th pick was Mike Wallace to the Steelers.

Brady and BB have covered for some very modest drafts.

March 7, 2013  09:40 AM ET

Welker with the Pats in his six years there: 672 receptions, 7,000 receiving yards and no ring. Who woulda thunk it?

March 7, 2013  09:41 AM ET
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Their draft choices have not been good choices too often in key spots like WR and pass rushers.. Typical WR draft choice: In 2009 they draft Tate with the 83rd pick, the 84th pick was Mike Wallace to the Steelers.Brady and BB have covered for some very modest drafts.

Tom Brady is the straw that stirs the drinks. This is why teams give franchise QB's huge contracts.

March 7, 2013  09:53 AM ET
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Tom Brady is the straw that stirs the drinks. This is why teams give franchise QB's huge contracts.

Totally agree. And those who think the Matt Cassel year proved different are living in an alternative universe. They lost out to a dolphins team that won 2 games the previous year and were a .500 team when playing outside of a pathetic AFC East division that year.

No different than the Giants or many teams. without Eli the Giants are a sub .500 team. And that is why you pay those guys what you do. Like it or not.

March 7, 2013  10:11 AM ET
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I do believe the 3 gentlemen in question are considered caucasian and none of them particularly terrify defenses with their speed.

But they know how to read a playbook and know how to run a route correctly.....and have real good hands.....

March 7, 2013  10:13 AM ET
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I do believe the 3 gentlemen in question are considered caucasian and none of them particularly terrify defenses with their speed.

Things in their favor are:
1.They can read and understand a playbook.
2.Know how to run routes correctly.
3. Have excellent hands and hold onto the football.....

 
March 7, 2013  10:14 AM ET

Sorry for the double..spinning thing got me....

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