ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter made a visit to Patriots training camp yesterday, here is the full story, Schefter spoke with wide receiver Wes Welker on the ESPN training camp tour bus. Welker told Schefter, “My goal is to get out there on the field as soon as possible and Week 1 is definitely something I’m shooting for. We’ll see what happens.”
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan twenty four hours earlier broke the mold by not only signing his name on the ESPN training camp tour bus, but added “soon to be champs” as well. Welker responded in typical Patriots fashion by signing his own name on the New England logo and adding the phrase “one game at a time.” Welker looked directly into the camera filming, and repeated the mantra.
“One game at a time.”
Wes Welker has not missed a single practice, and returned to full contact drills late this past week after being removed from the active/physically unable to perform list. Patriots middle linebacker Jerod Mayo greeted Welker with the first big hit on the shifty slot machine during 11 on 11 drills Thursday. “I just wanted to welcome him back, Mayo told reporters Friday. He was excited to get that little thud in, just to make sure he was back all the way, it’s better to do it out here than in the game.”
Wes Welker’s recovery after under going reconstructive surgery on his left knee just over six months ago has been incredible to say the least. Welker had a reputation as one of the toughest players in the league prior to the injury, but his determination to be in the starting lineup Sept. 12th versus Cincinnati has cemented his tough guy status around the league.
Welker chose not to respond directly to Jets head coach Rex Ryan’s “soon to be champs” prediction, but responded in the same way he approached recovering from knee surgery this past off season. One day and one game at a time.