No one can deny the consistency and effectiveness of the New England Patriot offense, led by future hall of famer Tom Brady and his dynamic core of wide receivers and tight ends. Right at the top of the list is Wes Welker, who has become Brady’s go-to player in crucial situations over his past five seasons with New England.
Victor Green and Jared Ginsberg of Class Act Sports caught up with the dynamic receiver in the locker room post game after the Pats victory over the Jets in late November to discuss his role in the offense during the 2011 regular season.
“It gets tough sometimes, but I think it helps to have guys like Rob Gronkowsi [going off] and making some great plays for us, Chad Ochocinco making plays for us, Deon making plays for us, Hernandez. When all these guys [make] plays it opens up everything else, so it’s just everybody doing their job and everybody making plays collectively together.”
Making plays has become a habit for Welker, who led the league in catches in 2011 with 122, and was second only to Calvin Johnson in yardage with 1,569, a career best. After coming to the Patriots in 2007, his numbers almost instantly ballooned, as he’s averaged nearly 11 yards per catch over the past 5 years on 554 receptions.
“I just wanted to come in and do a good job and do the best I could every time I’m out there and that’s never gonna change.”
New England has continued to operate as a dominant offensive unit since Welker arrived, ranking within the top five of total offense every year except for 2010, the only season where he failed to break 100 catches and 1,000 yards.
“I think everybody’s gotta be on the same page and everybody’s gotta be together and making sure that we’re doing the things necessary to move the ball down the field.”
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