Mike Reiss offers the full transcript of Wes Welker's Q&A with the media Saturday.
How does Brady look? "He looks really good. He’s working hard, he’s getting after it. It’s always ‘one more’ with him. If it’s not perfect, it’s ‘another one, another one.’ He’s like ‘two more to this side’ and I’m like ‘So that’s about 10.’ You love to see it, but at the same time, you’re looking at your watch and like ‘My parking sticker is about to run out of time here. Let’s go.’ It’s good to see."
Albert Breer watched as Wes Welker participated with the kids at his Old Spice Football Camp.
"Wes Welker jogged around the turf at Thayer Academy without a hitch in his step, demonstrated drills for campers, and at one point even extended to make a leaping catch of a wayward throw."
Ian Rapoport talks about just how tough Wes Welker is.
Wes Welker felt "something" in his shoulder last season, but the Patriots [team stats] receiver never deemed it painful enough to keep him off the field. "I didn’t really tell anybody about it," Welker said. "It was bothering me, but it wasn’t to a point where it was like, ‘I can’t go.’ "
Instead, Welker never missed a snap because of what turned out to be a torn rotator cuff. But the fact that he shrugged off a torn rotator cuff without so much as asking the trainer for help - no wonder he didn’t appear on the injury report - speaks even louder about his toughness.
"It was a deal where I was making a tackle on an interception, went to go hit somebody and came down on it," he explained. "But you know what? I didn’t really know that (it was so severe). It was just kind of there."
- Erik Scalavino and Paul Perillo debate if off-the-field conduct should be a consideration for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- Mike Reiss offers his quick-hit thoughts from the Pats and around the NFL.
- Shalise Manza Young reports Bill Belichick is the second highest paid coach in American sports.
- Ian Rapoport posts the video of Wes Welker dancing at the Celtics game. He's no Gino, but he did alright.
- Ian Rapoport notes Wes Welker had to answer to his Mom about that party at the Playboy mansion.
- Mike Reiss offers a look ahead at what type of Patriots media coverage can be expected in the coming weeks as the team starts organized team activities.
- Shalise Manza Young breaks down the OTA sessions scheduled for the next few weeks. The media won't be allowed to watch until Wednesday.
- Ian Rapoport says we shouldn't expect Logan Mankins at OTAs tomorrow, and explains why it doesn't matter.
Glen Farley catches up with Tully Banta-Cain at Wes Welker's Football Camp over the weekend. He's ready to shoulder the load again this season.
- Mike Reiss reports OLB Tully Banta-Cain is back at full strength after minor left shoulder surgery.
- Albert Breer notes Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff is fired up to practice with the Pats.
- Mike Reiss notes after an impressive rookie season, the Patriots need more from Julian Edelman.
- Shalise Manza Young notes there's not much cooking for Adalius Thomas, except his A.D.licious brand of marinade. He thinks interest in him will pick up in June.
- Shalise Manza Young, and resident apologist for Adalius Thomas, reveals the origins of AD' and Shawn Springs' 'over-dramatized' "sorrrrrrry" December moment.
- Albert Breer reports Andrew Walter was likely the last Raider QB the Pats would ever take. New England is not so keen on Oakland's record of developing QBs.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Patriots, Belichick know how to get paid.
- Pat Kirwan (NFL.com) Ranking NFL teams in May no easy task. Patriots in Tier 2 (number 11.)
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Juggling contracts Jets biggest concern.
- Peter King (SI) MMQB: Mike Martz is talking the talk again, but has to get Bears in playoff hunt.
- Michael Lombardi (Nat'l Football Post) Sunday at the Post: News and notes.