In a rather concerning turn of events, the Patriots placed both Wes Welker and Randy Moss on the injury report on Friday. Both wide receivers sat out drills during Friday’s practice.
This could spell serious trouble for the Patriots’ air attack. If Moss is unable to play on Sunday, Tom Brady will be without his top two targets. Last week, without Welker, Brady was noticeably uncomfortable for the duration of the game and was not able to find Moss on many occasions.
Without Moss or Welker, Brady’s new No. 1 target would become Joey Galloway, a 37 year old veteran who was released from Tampa Bay this past offseason. Galloway dropped two very catchable balls last week against New York, but also found himself very, very open in the end zone during the second quarter. He was badly underthrown by Tom Brady and was unable to make the catch.
If Welker remains sidelined, Brady’s likely second option would become Julian Edelman, a former quarterback from Kent State who the Patriots drafted in the 7th round of the 2009 draft. Edelman caught for 98 yards last week and turned a lot of heads on special teams during the preseason.
Despite Edelman’s apparent talent and Galloway’s experience, losing Welker and Moss against Atlanta would be absolutely devastating for New England. The Falcons have an extremely talented secondary. Obviously, seeing Moss and Welker on the injury report is very concerning, but we also must remind ourselves how much Bill Belichick likes to toy with the injury report.