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Welker debuts in 'MVP Watch'

Each week during the NFL season, ESPN.com's Mike Sando files his "MVP Watch" and this week's Top 10 has a new twist -- two Patriots.

Quarterback Tom Brady remains in the No. 2 spot, while receiver Wes Welker cracks the list for the first time at No. 6.

"Welker is the only player in league history to catch at least 45 passes for at least 740 yards and at least five touchdowns through five games," Sando writes. "The 99-yarder he caught against Miami is doing wonders for Welker's yards per reception average. Without that catch, his average drops from 16.4 to 14.6 yards. Both would be single-season highs for Welker since he averaged 15.0 yards on 29 receptions in 2005."

The Lions, with quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson, are the only other team to have two players on the MVP Watch.