Why wasn't Welker targeted more in first game

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Why wasn't Welker targeted more in first game

Wes Welker puts food on the table by making receptions. He's done it for a while and is one of the best in the NFL at it. But on Sunday, he didn't get many opportunities.

Welker was targeted just five times against the Titans. Is there any reason to make a big deal out of this? Probably not . . . but it's worth noting anyways.

Perhaps it was just a case of the other players being more open. Or . . . the Patriots are sticking it to Welker for not agreeing to that franchise tag sooner! Kidding.

Tom E. Curran and Ron Borges talk about Welker's day.

Both Garoppolo and Brissett will speak from locker on Wednesday

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Both Garoppolo and Brissett will speak from locker on Wednesday

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have an odd situation at quarterback this week. They have two quarterbacks on the roster, but it's unclear which of them will start.

Jimmy Garoppolo is dealing with a shoulder injury, and Jacoby Brissett has a thumb issue that required a tape job for Tuesday's practice. Usually on Wednesdays, the Patriots starting quarterback steps to the podium at Gillette Stadium for a question-and-answer session with reporters, but neither quarterback is scheduled to speak today, however both will speak in front of their lockers.

Indications are that tight end Rob Gronkowski will be the player to speak to reporters instead of one of the two injured signal-callers.

The Patriots will release their first practice report of the week on Wednesday afternoon. The team has not added a third quarterback to its roster so it's expected that at least one of, if not both, Garoppolo or Brissett will be good to go against the Bills on Sunday. 

Patriots punter Ryan Allen named AFC special teams player of the week

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Patriots punter Ryan Allen named AFC special teams player of the week

FOXBORO -- Ryan Allen was the definition of an x-factor on Thursday night against the Texans. 

He punted seven times for an average of 47.6 yards per boot, and none of them were returned. A career-high six of his seven landed inside the 20-yard line, and the one that did not was marked right at the 20. He dropped his other punts at the 11, 10, 10, 14, 5 and 4-yard lines, helping to limit Houston's average starting field position to the 15-yard line. 

Allen has won the award now twice in his career. He also took it home in 2014 following a Week 14 win over the Chargers.

It is the second AFC Player of the Week honor for a Patriots special teamer this year. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski picked it up after kicking the game-winning field goal against the Cardinals back in Week 1.