To be fair; Welker led the league in drops last season and really had a major fall off in terms of down the field production. That has more to do with the additional attention on him with Randy's departure than anything else though.
That Jets game was rough on a lot of the guys, but the one guy who seemed to hit his stride that game was Edelman and it always sucks when you have a bad game... especially at home, against the Jets, and in the playoffs.
I do think Welker will bounce back though.
I was gone for 2 months doing things I can't talk about. It might happen again, but that's just the nature of what I do and who I am.
1. We generate a lot more pressure with four man fronts right now. We'll have to see if that has more to do with 20 defensive linemen being able to come in fresh at any given time though.
2. The offensive line looks pretty good. Solder more than held his own for two quarters. His athleticism really stood out on pulls and in space against rushers. You can see there's a lot of technical work to be done, but the talent is obviously there.
3. The Stevan Ridley show. The reports were heard in training camp are true. Looks to have made Sammy Morris obsolete from a ball carrying perspective already.
4. Taylor Price is challenging for big playing time. He made a ton of plays tonight. A lot of it was with a guy in close proximity to him too. We needed two things for our receiving core at the end of last season; a guy who can make catches on press man and a guy with speed. Price looks like he might be able to bring both of those to the table and should be a nice complimentary player for us this year.
5. Dane Fletcher is an animal. He didn't play much, but he was blowing things up in the backfield and making smart reads in coverage.