Wes Welker doesn't just catch passes. There were times with New England in recent years when it seemed like he caught them all.
He had seasons of 123 and 122 catches. He averaged 112 receptions in his six seasons with the New England Patriots.
If Welker continues to catch that many now that he's the new slot target for Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, outside receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker will have to settle for something less than the 94 and 85 receptions they had last season.
"This year we're trying to play faster, a higher tempo and maybe get some more plays in," Decker said Wednesday in the Broncos' media room. "Ultimately, there might be some passes or targets taken away, but it's about winning football games. I want to get to a world championship. I want a ring on my finger.
"If that's the case where I lose some catches, I lose some yards, it really isn't a big deal to me personally because of what our ultimate goal is here."
Decker, Thomas and Welker caught passes from quarterback Peyton Manning last week during a workout at Duke University.