A couple of weeks into the season, there was plenty of talk about how New England wide receiver Wes Welker was getting phased out of his role in New England. None of that talk is going on now in Week 13. Welker entered the week ranked fourth in the league with 80 receptions and needs just 39 yards this week to reach the 1,000 mark.
Welker says he was never worried about his role on the team, but rather it was all simply about continuing his working and pressing forward.
Wes Welker joined 790 The Ticket in Miami with The Dan LeBatard Show to discuss his slow start, why he wasn’t worried about being phased out in New England, suppressing his personality because he plays for the Patriots and receivers who come into the league and are compared to him.
What was the early part of this season like for you with the slow start?:
“I think it’s just part of the growing pains of football. You have ups and downs and just kind of work through them and just keep working hard and trying to make plays for your team. Lately, that’s been the case.”
People started talking about whether you were getting phased out. Did you feel like you were?:
“No, not at all. I know that the coaches believe in me and my teammates and everything else. I knew it’s a long season, and just to keep on working and just keep on staying in it. … I think it’s just the way Coach had [the starting lineup] at the time, and I had to respect that and just keep on moving forward.”
Do you have to be careful, because you have a big personality, but that’s not really allowed in New England?:
“All the time, but, you know, that’s the way we do things. That’s what works for us and works for our team. And I totally understand it and I get it. We have one focus and that’s for us to go out there and win ballgames and Miami’s the next one this Sunday.”
But we want some dirt on your teammates, some secrets:
“Maybe when I’m retired, you can read my book or something. Or somebody else’s that has all that. Until that time, I’m just focused on the task at hand.”
Do you ever get tired of every white receiver coming into the league being called the next Wes Welker?:
“Not at all. No, I mean, it’s cool for those guys. And not just white, [the guys] that play the same type of position as me, I like to see their success — like Davone Bess has had with Miami down there.”
If you put Bess in the Patriots’ offense, do you think he can accomplish what you have?:
“I don’t know; it’s all hypothetical scenarios, so that’s tough to say. It is what it is and I’m very blessed with the opportunities I’ve had here in New England.”
Listen to Wes Welker on 790 The Ticket in Miami here (Interview begins at 1:32:45)