Wes Welker: ‘Every Day Looking Brighter’

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May 11, 2010 at 6:20 pm ET

Good news out of Oklahoma was reported on Tuesday after the Oklahoman reported that Wes Welker’s recovery seems to be going well, and the Patriots star receiver is feeling optimistic about his return for the 2010 season.

The last time Welker was on the football field was as an honorary captain (pictured right) before the Patriots playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Since then he’s also had to have surgery on an injured shoulder, and has been working out and just trying to rehabiliate his knee. Some progress has been made however, as he’s reportedly started jogging again and has already been throwing with quarterback Tom Brady.

Needless to say so far, so good, and Welker to this point sounds pretty upbeat.

“Every day,” Welker told the newspaper, “is looking a little bit brighter.”

All reports so far seem to believe that he won’t be ready to start the 2010 campaign.  As we all know Brady suffered a devastating knee injury of his own before coming back last year, but the circumstances were different.

Brady is a quarterback, and was injured in the first game of the season.

Welker is a wide receiver, and was hurt during the final regular season game.

Needless to say Brady had almost five additional months to work his way back, and obviously doesn’t rely on his legs quite the way that Welker does.  Quick cuts and bursts have been the lifeblood of the elusive receiver, and he’s now trying to do what Brady did in significantly less time.

Will he do it?  Welker wouldn’t say.

“It’s so early right now, it’s hard to put any sort of timetable on it,” he said. “My main deal is just working hard and putting myself in the best position possible to be ready whenever I’m ready. No telling when that’s going to be or how long it’s going to take, but all I can do is just work hard.”

Whenever he’s ready, fans obviously know how important he is to this football team.  He’s made over 100 catches in his three seasons in New England, and has been a favorite of Brady’s during that time.  It’s been the veteran’s work ethic that has won over his teammates as well as the rest of Patriot Nation.  Hopefully his offseason continues to go well, and we’ll have to wait until training camp comes to find out when/if he’ll be ready for the beginning of the season.

“I’m happy about where we are,” said Welker.  “Hopefully, we can just continue to have positive days and keep moving forward.”

  • Paul from Atlanta

    Dowling drafted ahead of Kyle Rudolph, Justin Houston, Randall Cobb, Torrey Smith,
    Akeem Ayers.

    I’m afraid to see who we could have had instead of Tavon. BUT, how can we not love Sudfeld, Dobson, Boyce and Collins. Makes the Dowling, Tavon Wilson pain go away. Hope we can get a 2nd for Mallett and bring in Cassel next yr.

    Can’t wait for Friday night. Great job covering the Pats.

  • SteveB7SFG

    Thanks Paul, its still early and TWilson may still rebound, just right now it seems he’s sliding down the depth chart and AWilson, Gregory and Harmon are all getting reps in front of him.
    Rookies are making their presence felt, will be very interested to watch them in their first game action.

  • SteveB7SFG

    Mallett should be much more polished at this point (3rd yr) than he is now. Tebow is not practice squad eligible.

    Rather have TWilson than Chung who was always hurt…however he’s not playing well at all right now. Bright spot is Duron Harmon who seems much better at FS than TWilson or even Gregory right now.

    Look for him to get more snaps when they go to subs and play two deep safeties and move AWilson up in the box as the “Money” back.

    Thought the young WRs looked good in their first action. Once Mallett got hurt, that took away any chance to see them perform in the Patriots style offense and they went to the Read Option with Tebow.

    Plenty of positives and negatives to work on going forward