What's Going on with Wes Welker?

After Sunday's disappointing 20-18 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, and losing tight end Aaron Hernandez, we still wonder what is going on with Wes Welker.

Firstly, he didn't start in yesterday's game. Once he was in, however, Welker broke Patriots hall-of-fame Troy Brown's New England record for most receptions.

In week one, we saw Welker record only 14 receiving yards, and this week he improved to 95 yards, but still no touchdowns.

According to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com, Welker played in 63 snaps including penalties and a two-point conversion while Julian Edelman was on for 75 snaps. Welker is being seen as the third receiver in the depth chart.

The wide receiver spoke in a press conference after the loss about his playing time.

You know, you want to be out there, I think as a competitor and everything else, especially on Sundays, it's what we play for and what we work for and you want to be out there. At the same time, Coach felt like whatever was best for the team and I'm for that and I totally understand that and I'm just there to help out however I can.

When asked if there was an injury that was cutting his playing time, Welker denied any sort of pain and said that he felt great. With the loss of Hernandez, one would think that Welker would be targeted more often.

Could the lack of playing time, yards, and touchdowns be viewed as the Patriots heading in a different directions without Welker? Or does the loss show that Welker should be a starter and targeted more often? There are also disputes about Welker not being signed to a long-term contract, and this being one of the reasons he hasn't been the wide receiver we've seen in the last few years.

We will have to wait until Sunday night to see if there are any changes with this Welker situation when the Patriots travel to Baltimore to take on the 1-1 Ravens.