The former Patriots star receiver Wes Welker spoke with the Denver media yesterday and commented about facing his old team the New England Patriots and if he is still close with QB Tom Brady.
“Yeah for sure, I stay in contact with Tom,” Welker said. “Not this week. This week, we’re pretty much enemies, but no, we’re really tight and close. I wish the best for him — just not this week.”
Welker was limited in his first return to practice after suffering a concussion and has to pass one more test before being cleared to play Sunday.
I want to be out there,” Welker said. “I mean, there are not too many games I’ve missed in my whole career, and I love playing the game, especially in big atmospheres like this. So I’m doing everything possible in my power to make sure that I get the opportunity to play in a game like this.”
Welker also said it would be a bit weird returning to Gillette Stadium as a visitor.
“I’m sure it will be a little bit,” Welker said. “But it’s another game, another field. It’s still the same size and everything else. I’m familiar with it, so that’s an advantage for sure.”
Tom Brady weighed in on Welker as well.
“I’ve been around [Welker] long enough to know what he’s all about,” Brady said during an interview with WEEI sports radio in Boston. “He loves playing football, and if there’s a chance for him to play, especially coming back here, he’s definitely going to be out there. I’ve got no question about that.”
When asked if they have spoken by text or anything since last Sunday Brady responded with a no.
“No, no he didn’t do that. But it would take an awful lot for him to miss the game.”
Safety Devin McCourty talked about what it will feel like to face off against his former teammate.
“Competitive. It’s going to be similar to when we went out there in training camps and practices and competed against him. We know he’s a tough guy, so we’re preparing … we know he’s probably going to be out there. He doesn’t miss many games, we know that from playing with him, and we expect to see him Sunday.”
McCourty also stated that Welker’s toughness is what separates him from other receivers.
“To me, I think it’s toughness. Being able to run a route across the middle or run routes outside, he’ll block and do everything at that position, and I think that’s what makes him not just a good player, but a complete player.”