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Brady and Welker have hooked up for over 550 passes completions in five seasons together
If you give a quarterback a handful of productive and reliable receivers, he is bound to make plays and move the ball.
If you give Tom Brady multiple, dynamic wideouts with big playmaking ability, the New England Patriots are going to score upwards of 30 points consistently.
In all but four games last season, the Patriots did just that.
Frankly, when one of the best quarterbacks of all time and a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame is tossing the ball to a bevy of receivers as if the defense is nonexistent, 50 points isn't inconceivable.
Brady loves to spread the ball around, connecting with seven or more receivers in 14 of 19 games last year, including the playoffs.
His weapons this year are mostly the same as 2011's crop, and arguably even better.
Brady's favorite target, Wes Welker, a man who's career was reborn with the Patriots, is as dependable as it gets in the NFL. Catching more than 110 passes in four of his five seasons in New England, there is no reason why 2012 should be any different.
The tight end situation at Gillette Stadium is a dream come true for any quarterback. Never before have two of the most talented tight ends been on the same team, and they've certainly never lined up in formation together.
The Patriots make it work, though, with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, both of whom are off of fresh, new contracts.
Gronk is more of the traditional tight end and will look to form the type of chemistry he had with Brady last season in which he caught 17 touchdown passes.
Hernandez is a bit smaller at 6'1'', 245 pounds and can line up in the slot or on the outside.
Newcomer Brandon Lloyd will be the deep threat the Patriots have lacked since the departure of Randy Moss. With Brady behind center, Lloyd should turn into the player he was in 2010 when he caught 77 passes for over 1,400 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Some fans have questioned the cut of Deion Branch, a fan-favorite and consistent wideout. However, Branch likely would have been relegated to irrelevance this year, especially after his production drop off at the end of last season, catching three passes or less in eight of the last nine games, including the playoffs.
The addition of Greg Salas from the St. Louis Rams is a move simply to give Brady more options rather than a direct replacement of Branch.