New England Patriots

Position
WR
 
Jersey
83
Name  Wes Welker
Born  5/1/1981
Height  5-9
Weight  185
College  Texas Tech
10/20/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Broncos receiver Wes Welker caught his first touchdown pass of the season Sunday night against the 49ers.
Insight: Welker is the fourth option these days behind the "Thomas Brothers" and Emmanuel Sanders, so his fantasy value is limited.
 
9/22/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Broncos receiver Wes Welker returned to the field Sunday, catching six balls for 60 yards.
Insight: Welker should become a bigger part of the offense as time goes by and Peyton Manning remembers how easy it is to complete passing the the slot receiver. His return may also open up space for Demaryius Thomas who has been frustated over the first few weekends.
 
9/12/2014 8:05:00 PM
Description: Broncos receiver Wes Welker may be able to play this weekend upon being reinstated after the NFLPA approved the terms of the new drug policy.
Insight: The biggest changes in the new policy is HGH testing and a higher threshold for a positive marjuana test. If finalized by Sunday, Wes Welker and Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick will be reinstated and available to play this week if there teams decide to activate them. Cleveland's Josh Gordon's suspension is 10 weeks. The NFL and NFLPA met to discuss reforms to the substance abuse policy, but the sides did not come to an agreement on Friday. NFL.com's Albert Breer has previously called this Sunday a "soft deadline" in the negotiations. Either way, Welker will not be playing this week.
 
9/5/2014 7:32:00 PM
Description: Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports "there's no chance" that any of the suspended players that violated the substance abuse policy will be suiting up this week.
Insight: The NFL and NFLPA met to discuss reforms to the substance abuse policy, but the sides did not come to an agreement on Friday. NFL.com's Albert Breer has previously called this Sunday a "soft deadline" in the negotiations. Either way, Welker will not be playing this week.
 
9/2/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: The NFL suspended Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker four games for violating the substance abuse policy, but The Denver Post's Mike Klis reports the team believes Welker will be able to play Week 1.
Insight: ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Welker tested positive due to taking amphetamines. Welker is not supposed to be reinstated until Week 6, but the Broncos have already said Welker is likely to play Week 1 because "suspensions are never announced this late in the week" with the "game plan" already "in place". It's not exactly late in the week especially since Monday was a holiday, but definitely check back this week to see an updated status on Welker.
 
8/28/2014 9:23:00 PM
Description: Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker ran some routes on the field before Denver's preseason finale on Thursday but still has multiple evaluations to clear in concussion protocol before he can be cleared to play Week 1 according to Jeff Legwold of ESPN.
Insight: Welker is on the right track in terms of returning to the field and its a great sign he felt well enough to fly with the team but like Legwold reported, the receiver has a long way to go. Stay tuned.
 
8/26/2014 9:30:00 PM
Description: According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Broncos coach John Fox said Wes Welker is doing "fantastic" in the concussion protocol.
Insight: Welker has sustained three concussions since Nov. 17. He'll need to be symptom-free by next Monday to be eligible to return to a full practice in time for the Sept. 7 season opener and it looks like he's going to be ready. However, he's extremely risky because one hit could end his career. Emmanuel Sanders will get a huge boost in fantasy value, as will rookie Cody Latimer to a lesser extent, if Welker goes down.
 
8/25/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: Broncos coach John Fox says receiver Wes Welker (concussion) hasn't said anything about retirement, according to Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com.
Insight: Welker has sustained three concussions since Nov. 17. He'll need to be symptom-free by next Monday to be eligible to return to a full practice in time for the Sept. 7 season opener. If Welker cannot play, Emmanuel Sanders will get a huge boost in fantasy value, as will rookie Cody Latimer to a lesser extent.
 
8/24/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Broncos receiver Wes Welker was diagnosed with another concussion after Saturday's preseason game.
Insight: Welker caught a pass over the middle and took a shoulder to the head from Texans safety D.J. Swearinger. The 33-year-old sustained two concussions late in the 2013 season and missed three games. Emmanuel Sanders and Julius Thomas will see more targets if Welker is out.
 
3/17/2014 1:31:00 PM
Description: Denver exercised its 2014 option on receiver Wes Welker.
Insight: Welker figures to improve on last year's numbers (73-778-10). He'll be more familiar with QB Peyton Manning and the loss of Eric Decker won't be completely compensated for by the addition of Emmanuel Sanders. Welker also missed three games due to a concussion.
 
1/12/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: Denver receiver Wes Welker is wearing a specialized helmet in today's game against San Diego. Welker has suffered two concussions this season and hasn't played since December 8th. SOURCE: Vic Lombardi, CBS4 Denver
Insight: The helmet looks gigantic. It's a necessary precaution, however, as another head injury could end Welker's career. He only caught three passes for 21 yards when these teams squared off in Week 10.
 
1/6/2014 11:35:00 AM
Description: Bad news for the Chargers secondary, Broncos wideout Wes Welker was cleared last week to play in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
Insight: Welker had missed the past three games with a concussion. Though the 778 yards he recorded this year were his fewest since 2006, Welker's 10 touchdown receptions in 2013 were a career-high. Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Julius Thomas make a formidable receiving corps.
 
12/29/2013 1:20:00 PM
Description: Confirming an earlier report, Broncos wideout Wes Welker will be back for the team's first playoff game in two weeks. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: Welker has missed the past three games with a concussion. He practiced on a limited basis this week and should get full reps during the team's upcoming bye week. Though the 778 yards he recorded this year were his fewest since 2006, Welker's ten touchdown receptions in 2013 were a career-high.
 
12/27/2013 2:31:00 PM
Description: Denver receiver Wes Welker (concussion) has been ruled out for the final game of the regular season, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post.
Insight: Welker suffered his second concussion of the season on Dec. 8 and will end up missing the last three games of the regular season. He returned to practice this week, however, and should be ready to go for Denver's first playoff game in two weeks.
 
12/25/2013 4:33:00 PM
Description: Denver receiver Wes Welker (concussion) practiced Wednesday which is an obvious indication that he's getting better.
Insight: Welker suffered his second concussion of the season on Dec. 8 and is not expected to play in the season finale, but is encouraging news in regards to the Broncos' first playoff game in three weeks.
 
12/20/2013 6:10:00 PM
Description: According to espn.com, Denver receiver Wes Welker (concussion) is expected to miss the final two games of the regular season.
Insight: Welker suffered his second concussion of the season on Dec. 8. Andre Caldwell, who stepped in and caught two touchdowns against San Diego last Thursday, will be Denver's No. 3 receiver again this week at Houston and a WR3 option in fantasy leagues. Welker will finish with 73 receptions for 778 yards, both his lowest since 2006, and a career-high 10 touchdowns in 13 games.
 
12/19/2013 7:22:00 PM
Description: According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, Broncos receiver Wes Welker (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game at Houston.
Insight: Welker suffered his second concussion of the season on Dec. 8 and will miss his second straight game this weekend. Andre Caldwell, who stepped in and caught two touchdowns against San Diego last Thursday, will be Denver's No. 3 receiver again this week and a WR3 option in fantasy leagues.
 
12/18/2013 5:25:00 PM
Description: According to ESPN's Jeff Legwold, Broncos receiver Wes Welker (concussion) still has not been medically cleared to return to practice.
Insight: Welker suffered his second concussion of the season on Dec. 8. It's obviously not a good sign for his Week 16 availability that he isn't ready to return after sitting out last Thursday's game against San Diego. Andre Caldwell, who stepped in and caught two touchdowns against San Diego, would be Denver's No. 3 receiver again this week and a WR3 option in fantasy leagues.
 
12/11/2013 10:32:00 AM
Description: According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, Denver receiver Wes Welker (concussion) will miss Thursday's game against San Diego.
Insight: Welker suffered his second concussion in the last month Sunday against the Titans and had a slim chance of being ready during this short week. Fantasy owners should expect an increase in targets for Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Julius Thomas and possibly Jacob Tamme who saw additional snaps Sunday after Welker went down.
 
12/9/2013 1:14:00 PM
Description: Denver receiver Wes Welker (73-778-10) suffered another concussion Sunday against Tennessee and should be considered unlikely to play in Thursday's game against San Diego.
Insight: That's his second concussion this season. Fantasy owners should expect an increase in targets for Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Julius Thomas and possibly Jacob Tamme who saw additional snaps Sunday after Welker went down.
 

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