Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports
One of the unfortunate consequences of losing Wes Welker is listening to so many people point out the "Welkeresque" attributes of New England's remaining receivers, as if Welker lives on through Julian Edelman or Danny Amendola.
T.J. Moe, undrafted out of Missouri, is the latest receiver to get tagged by the ghost of Welker. Tough to see why, though. Watch his highlight reel and you'll see that Moe is completely unique, completely vibrant, completely, well, he's just Moe. Also watch this interview from OTAs and you'll see what a strong personality he has.
Moe's attributes run deep. He's a high-tempo thrasher and gasher, slippery and deceptive with his footwork, a cunning athlete with sharp route-running capabilities. He's quietly fierce and electric. He's tough, too. Sometimes, it takes three or four guys to bring him down.
One of his most defining attributes is his leadership. Welker was many great things, but he wasn't a leader. Moe has the opportunity to bring some much-needed command to the receiving unit, especially as it undergoes this extensive transition.
Moe's storyline will be extremely interesting to watch as the season approaches. In a crowded receiver pool, this kid has the skills and the guts to leave his mark.