Could Wes Welker be on the verge of making a return to the New England Patriots?
As Bill Belichick held a press conference with the media on Friday, the longtime Patriots head coach teased the idea of Wes Welker’s return to New England — not to fill in at wide receiver, but to fill in at kicker as the team still hasn’t signed a kicker for their Week 14 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Check out Belichick’s quote below, via Zack Cox of NESN:
With Welker’s old team currently dealing with an ongoing crisis at the kicker position, Patriots coach Bill Belichick joked Friday about luring the 38-year-old slot receiver out of retirement. “We were just talking about him the other day,” Belichick said with a smile. “We’ll see if we can round him up.”Welker probably could help the Patriots’ receiving corps, too, as New England’s secondary options behind Julian Edelman have struggled to produce on a consistent basis. Unfortunately for the Pats, he’s currently employed by the San Francisco 49ers as their wide receivers coach.
Welker is Currently Employed by the Niners
Who Will Kick for Patriots on Sunday?
Who will serve as New England’s placekicker as they host the Chiefs on Sunday? Simple — if they don’t sign a kicker in the meantime, it’ll end up being punter Jake Bailey.
Unfortunately, the rookie punter has never kicked a single field goal or extra point attempt during his career. He also didn’t kick a single attempt during his career in college.
“If a Patriots kicker is injured in-game this season — as was the case with Stephen Gostkowski when Welker subbed in for one kick in 2010 — punter Jake Bailey would take over field-goal duties, Belichick confirmed Friday. Bailey, who’s taken kickoffs for the Patriots’ since Gostkowski landed on injured reserve in October, was an accomplished kicker at Santa Fe Christian High School in California, converting three 50-plus-yard field goals as a senior.”
New England failed in their bid earlier in the week to sign kicker Chase McLaughlin — who was claimed off of waivers by the Indianapolis Colts instead.
In other words, if the game versus the Chiefs comes down to a field goal, the Patriots could be in major trouble.