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Dan DePalma Playing the Role of Wes Welker in Chargers Practice


Aug 24, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Dan  DePalma (15) goes after his fumble against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Metlife Stadium. The Bears won the game 20-17 Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers WR Dan DePalma has played the role of Wes Welker before on another team and is playing that role again with the Chargers. When he was a member of the New York Giants, he had to simulate Wes Welker in practice in order to prepare the Giants for their Super Bowl matchup against the New England Patriots. He did an excellent job of imitating Welker in practice and was commended by a lot of his teammates for what he was able to do. We will need him to prepare our defense in that same manner.

With DePalma lining up in the Wes Welker role on the practice field, the Chargers defense will get a good look at what the Broncos will want to do on offense with the receiver. It will help in the preparation. He is not Wes Welker, but he can do the best he can to get the guys ready for him.

The Chargers have been preparing for Welker for Sunday’s Playoff game. Welker was unable to participate in the last game against the Chargers because of a concussion, but he will be back on the field this week and will be a threat to our defense. He is the Broncos best option on 3rd down and he will be looking to get free in the secondary to move the chains. The Chargers will have plenty of attention on him in crucial situations. Welker is just one of the many weapons that the Broncos have though, so the team will be looking to get to the source of their problem first. Making Peyton Manning feel uncomfortable.