Welker's records go to waste in loss


Welker's records go to waste in loss

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @mary_paoletti
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- When a guy like Wes Welker breaks receiving records, you'd think it would be in a win.

No such luck.

Welker had a career-high 217 yards in New England's 34-31 loss to Buffalo on Sunday. That number is also a franchise-best, better than Terry Glenn's 1999 mark of 214. And his 16 catches tied Troy Brown's single-game total from 2002.

Blowing a 21-0 second-quarter lead en route to a divisional heartbreaker, however, isn't a great way to celebrate.

"It pretty much detracts everything. We lost the game," Welker said afterward. "What should be a great, fun day of breaking records and doing all those things has turned totally the opposite."

But Welker wasn't crying for himself and his two touchdown catches. He knows better than to dwell on individual effort -- good or bad. And there was a whole lot of bad for the good he did, anyway.

"I think the turnovers really killed us in the end," he said. "We were able to do some good things out there and moved the ball pretty well and things like that. We get in key positions, we can't turn the ball over and make some of those mistakes and pick sixes and different things like that. We didn't play very good complimentary football with each other."

Buffalo's 'D' had some excellent breaks against Tom Brady.

For all the yardage the Patriots quarterback racked up with Welker, he found trouble elsewhere. Brady threw four interceptions at Ralph Wilson Stadium -- as many as he had in the entire 2010 regular season. That number is a big reason why Welker's production went to waste.

"I think any time you turn the ball over, especially in some of the situations we were in, it's never good. It's never good for your psyche, it's never good for the team, it's never good for scoring points," Welker acknowledged.

He also made a point to reemphasize the team as a unit, and its responsibility for the loss.

"This isn't just on Tom," Welker said. "It's everybody getting on the same page and understanding that we're in this together and we all need to make plays and we're all accountable for it.

"Buffalo's a tough football team and they played really well," he said. "They kept fighting and you've got to give them all the credit."

Unfortunately for Welker, even after his tremendous night of work, everybody will.

Mary Paoletti can be reached at mpaoletti@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Mary on Twitter at http:twitter.comMary_Paoletti

Brady’s pre-draft Facebook post tries to provide some inspiration to picks

Brady’s pre-draft Facebook post tries to provide some inspiration to picks

Pick No. 199 in 2000 tried to provide a little inspiration to the next generation of NFL draftees before the first selection Thursday night. 

Remember: they can't measure heart. Whether you're picked first, last or not at all, YOU decide what happens next, every day. Good luck!!!

Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, April 27, 2017


Bills trade down, land a corner to help replace Gilmore

Bills trade down, land a corner to help replace Gilmore

Give the Bills some credit. On Thursday night they made the kind of move that even Bill Belichick might stand up and applaud. 

With an opportunity to sit at No. 10 overall and draft any number of players -- perhaps a quarterback not named Mitch Trubisky, perhaps the consensus top corner in the draft Marshon Lattimore -- they took advantage of the Chiefs' interest in Texas Tech gunslinger Pat Mahomes and traded out.

What they ended up with was the No. 27 overall pick, Kansas City's first-rounder next year, and an addition third-round pick this year. 

A corner-needy team after Stephon Gilmore signed with the Patriots as a free agent this offseason, the Bills watched Lattimore come off the board at No. 11 overall to the Saints. They also saw Alabama corner Marlon Humphrey head to Baltimore with the No. 16 overall pick.

But Buffalo held tight at No. 27 and still picked up one of the better cover men in this year's class. LSU's Tre'Davious White is the kind of player that new Bills head coach Sean McDermott believes will help solidify his secondary. 

"He plays inside, he plays outside, he's also a returner in terms of the special teams value," he told reporters, via Matt Fairburn of NewYorkUpstate.com, "so we feel good about it."

White is 5-foot-11, 192 pounds and was a four-year starter for the Tigers. Though he may have issues helping in run support, he seems ready to check talented wideouts at the next level after compiling a backlog of good experience against tough receivers in the SEC.

The pick wrapped up the night for Patriots competitors in the AFC East. All three clubs opted to go with players who will try to slow down Tom Brady and his offensive teammates twice next year.

The Dolphins went with a pass-rusher while the Jets picked up arguably the best defensive back in the class.