Heading into the 2013 regular season, a large topic of conversation was who would step in as the slot receiver when Wes Welker became a member of the Denver Broncos. Most people assumed that either Julian Edelman or Danny Amendola would take the bull by the horns and become the third-down chains mover that Welker was.
What the majority of New England Patriots‘ fans did not anticipate was that a slot receiver would not pick up the majority of the slack and that a running back would.
That is exactly what has happened, however, as Shane Vereen has emerged as the most consistent slot receiver on the team. While he has been hurt many times so far in his career, when healthy, he has proven to be a fantastic pass-catcher capable of reaching pay dirt no matter where he is on the field.
Amendola, while he was great in a few games early on in the season, he is clearly playing injured and does not have the explosive playmaking ability that Vereen has. Additionally, Edelman, while he did have a fantastic game against Denver last week, is not consistent enough to be relied upon week in and week out.
Many Pats’ fans still express disappointment over Welker going to Denver, but if Vereen can keep up his pass-catching prowess, it may not be long until the fans in New England forget about Welker going to the Broncos in the offseason.