New England Patriots Send Message with Wes Welker's Shocking Demotion

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New England Patriots Send Message with Wes Welker's Shocking Demotion
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Prolific wide receiver Wes Welker has been shown his way to the New England Patriots' bench in favor of Julian Edelman

The NFL Network's Albert Breer passed along the news.

This is a shocking turn of events prior to just Week 2 of this football season. Welker is coming off of a 122-catch, 1,500-plus yard season, and he was just benched for a college quarterback who spent most of his second season playing defensive back. 

This was not just a token move either—Edelman is getting more playing time. ESPN's Mike Reiss shared this stat from the first quarter of the Patriots' contest with the Arizona Cardinals. 

It's pretty clear this is Bill Belichick and the Patriots showing Welker that they are not desperate for his services, and that they are not happy with Welker's professed offseason unhappiness with his contract

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