New England Patriots: The 3 White Mighty Mites

Connor JoyceContributor IMay 9, 2011

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Mike DeVito #70 of the New York Jets tackles Danny Woodhead #39 of the New England Patriots during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Everyone knows the story of the three little pigs.  Defensive masterminds in the league have a real tough time "huffing and puffing" attempting to blow down this offensive scheme. 

Danny Woodhead, Wes Welker, and Julian Edelman are these "three little pigs".  In fact "the three white mighty mites", are the biggest threat the New England Patriots have to offer in their already potent spread offense. All three of these players are dual-natured.  They can catch passes in a wide variety of routes. These guys can also be effective in the run game, with zone, draw, and toss plays. 

Danny Woodhead, otherwise known as the "Jet-Killer" has become a secret weapon in Bill Belichick's offensive game plan.  He always seeks to prove people wrong.  He is the comeback kid for the New England Patriots. 

After being cut from the New York Jets, he became an immediate star in the Patriots spread offense.  He recorded 926 total yards for the Pats along with six TDs.  He is small, yet very effective.  He is a shifty runner and has a knack for using the sideline as his advantage. 

His extreme quickness and durability make him a hard guy to prepare for.  In the Pats' 45-3 victory over the New York Jets, Woodhead had four receptions for 104 yards that night.  Mike Tannenbaum must have cringed at that stat.

Wes Welker is a veteran wide receiver having had 848 Rec yards and seven TDs this past season.  He operates well in the slot and is very effective over the middle of the field.  He is a hard runner and is often difficult to tackle in the open field.  He is very quick in the open field and sheds tackles with relative ease.  He provides a wealth of talent and experience to the New England Patriots' offense. 

Julian Edelman is a fairly new kid on the block in the Pats locker room.  Last year he recorded seven catches for 86 yards.  He ran back a punt against the Dolphins for 94 yards and the score.  That punt return is a New England Patriots franchise record. 

Edelman has also played a good role on special teams and in Wes Welker's absence, he can always be counted on as a reliable substitute.  He is quick and agile, making him a perfect fit for Tom Brady's high octane passing attack.

The only challenge Bill Belichick will have is: Can I get all three of these guys on the field at the same time?