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    NEWSLETTERS

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 12: Receiver Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots catcges a pass against defensive back Bennie Sapp #27 of the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on September 12, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

    Wes Welker wasn't supposed to be doing this.

    Welker had one scholarship offer from a Division I school, and that was when Texas Tech had a potential recruit fall through at the last minute to free up a scholarship. They used it on Welker.

    Even after his stellar college career in Lubbock, which included leaving with the NCAA all-time record for punt returns for touchdowns, Welker wasn't expected to be much more than a special teams star and occasional No. 3 receiver in the NFL.

    But then he found Tom Brady.

    Welker had a career-high 16 receptions for 217 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's loss to the upstart Bills. That alone might have won some folks some fantasy games. He had a similar impact in Week 1 when he caught a 99-yard touchdown from Brady on Monday night.

    Welker is now, no surprise here, the No. 1 receiver in the NFL through the first three weeks and while it probably won't continue he is the best wide receiver on one of the best offenses in the NFL.

    As for goats, look no further than Rashard Mendenhall and Philip Rivers.

    Mendenhall was a huge disappointment, netting just 37 yards on 18 carries against what was thought to be a pretty awful run defense in Indianapolis.

    Rivers wasn't much better, throwing for 266 yards and ZERO touchdowns while throwing two interceptions against the previously torched Kansas City defense.