By: Ian Logue
Here is the complete transcript of Wes Welker’s press conference with the media following New England’s win over the Raiders.
If he could have imagined his fast start:
“You know, every time I go out there I expect to do well and catch balls and move the ball, and try to help the offense move the ball down the field. That’s kind of my goal, no matter what, and so that’s kind of the place it’s taken these first four games.”
On if he felt today would be a good day for him against Oakland’s secondary:
“They’re a big man team, so I knew that we had to come to play and make sure that we beat man coverage and get open, and make some plays in the passing game. They’re so good inside that it’s key that we make some of these plays.”
On his reaction to Brady calling him calling the “heart and soul of this team”
“I mean it’s great and everything, but I think we have a lot of guys that bring a lot of heart and a lot of soul to this team on a daily basis, and that’s what it’s about. And the more guys we get on that wagon the better off we’re going to be.”
On how he was so open today, whether it was beating man coverage or something else:
“It’s running good routes and getting open and getting an opportunity and Tom throwing good balls, and moving the ball down the field. So it’s a combination of a lot of things, and the O-line giving him time back there for me to work my route and get open.
On if they went into it planning on attacking the young guys in the secondary:
“I guess in a way we sort of did. But across the board, it was whoever’s getting open. The coverage kind of dictates where we’re going with the ball so there wasn’t one guy that we just tried to go after every single time or anything like that, we just – across the board – everybody tried to get open and make plays.”
On how big this win was for his team:
“It’s always big to bounce back, and make sure that… we had the letdown the last week and we’ve got to bounce back from that, and come on the road into a hostile environment. It’s a big win for us, so it was good to see.”
On the fact they didn’t have the ball much in the first half, but had it more in the second:
“Anytime you get the ball more and are able to possess it, and everything like that….their offense did a good job of really moving the ball and our defense did a great job in the red area of keeping them out. When we did get our opportunities in the first half, we were able to put points on the board, which helps. The second half there were definitely some more opportunities as far as getting the ball and trying to score.
On if his speed is getting better:
“I think so. I don’t know what I’ve averaged to this point or anything like that, but I feel like my speed is definitely something I’ve worked on this offseason, and my dieting and everything I’ve tried to do to be the best football player I can be out there.”
On what he’s doing compared to previous seasons:
“I mean just what you put in your body. The different stuff of… the good stuff. You don’t put regular unleaded in a jet engine.”
Like Dunkin’ Donuts?
“Yeah, exactly. They have the egg white sandwiches now, so….”
On if he feels like he’s back where he was before the injury:
“To me I feel like I’m past that. I feel like this is the best I’ve ever felt, this is the best I’ve played in my career. So I think just my attitude towards the game and the work I put into it on a daily basis, and understand that this is my job and taking it very seriously, and training and everything that I’ve been able to do has helped out this year. We’ve just got to keep it going and understand that it’s just the first quarter of the season, and we have a long ways to go.