No Huddle: Brady on Welker and Wilfork's hands

No Huddle: Brady on Welker and Wilfork's hands

Odds and ends from Tom Brady's media meet on Thursday.
ON HAVING 11 RECEIVERS ON THE ROSTER:We brought in quite a few guys, so hopefully the mix of guys we had last year -- along with some new guys -- can create some different options for us. It's a very competitive position. All our days in practice have been very competitive.
But it'll help our defense out, it'll help our offense out. The more good players you have, the better team you're going to be. It's only our sixth day of OTAs; we have a lot of work to do before the season starts. It's been a lot of fun being out there and seeing Donte' and Jabar, who I've played with before -- I really loved playing with those guys. Obviously, Wes, Deion, Chad, and Julian it's going to be very competitive.
DO YOU WANT TO SEE WES WELKER FINISH HIS CAREER A PATRIOT?Yeah, I mean of course. I said yesterday there's always contract situations, and it's not my contract situation, so I don't really comment on it, I just try to support Wes, and his role, and what he's asked to do. You see the commitment he makes by coming out here and practicing. He's always worked his tail off, so I love having him out here with me, and he's one of my great friends. Hopefully everything works out.
ANYBODY ON THE TEAM YELL BACK WHEN YOU START AT IT?Probably Wes. Wes gives it to me pretty good. All the guys that are comfortable with me know that they can do it. There are some guys who probably aren't as comfortable yet, but once they get used to it they have no problem. Guys like Matt Light. That's why I miss a guy like Matt, because Matt always told me how it was. Coach Belichick never is afraid to let me know what he thinks of what I'm doing. I appreciate that. That's really what I need.
WILFORK SAYS HE'S GOT GREAT HANDSLaughs I'm going to see. He had two interceptions last year. He was close to leading our team, so he better start working on his run after catch. Maybe we can use him on goal line situations like The Fridge (William Perry) or something. He's a load, I'll tell you that. He's a hell of a player for this team.
ON HOW HIS PERSPECTIVE HAS CHANGED FROM 25 TO 35:I don't know; I'm not 35.
OOPS. SO, 34 THEN:I appreciate it every day. I think one thing my injury taught me a few years ago is how fragile this game is. To be able to take the field every week is really a blessing. Maybe at 34 I feel a little differently in that sense. I appreciate it, I love it just as much now as I ever have. I love being out here for OTAs. At 25 I was probably expletive about OTAs. When you're 34, you're not. You're saying, 'Let's see what kind of team we've got. I've really got nothing else going on in my life, so I'm going to come out here and try to do a good job for my team.
MIGHT THE DEATH OF JUNIOR SEAU HELP ENCOURAGE GUYS TO CHECK IN WITH EACH OTHER, WHETHER ACTIVE OR RETIRED?Yeah, what you get out of this game so much is the relationships that you have with the players you played with. It's a very intimate work environment that we have. We're with each other more than we're with our families over the course of the season. When you share -- when you're a locker-mate, or a position-mate, you know someone very well. You always have concern for them, not only as a teammate, but when they leave the facility as well.
The transition I've heard is hard, and we'll all have to deal with it at some point. But hopefully we can deal with it as best as we know how. If we need help, hopefully we can seek it out.

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Yabusele expects to be on Celtics summer league roster

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Yabusele expects to be on Celtics summer league roster

ROXBURY, Mass. – The Boston Celtics shocked many on draft night last week when they selected French forward Guerschon Yabusele with the 16th overall pick.

Well here’s another unexpected twist involving Yabusele: He said he plans to be on the Celtics’ summer league team which begins play next week in Salt Lake City.

“My agent is working in France to do something for me, to be able to play in summer league,” Yabusele said.

Like most NBA rookies, Yabusele is eager to get on the floor and get his first taste of NBA basketball this summer.

“That’s a dream come true,” Yabusele said. “When I was young thinking about the NBA all the time. I knew it would happen at some point.”

But the 20-year-old forward isn’t focused on testing the NBA waters and returning to overseas play soon.

“Not just stay three years or four, but stay all my life in the NBA,” he said.

Yabusele made the announcement following the Boston Celtics’ rookies (minus Ante Zizic) all participating in a basketball clinic at the Madison Park Community Center as the Boston Celtics celebrated their 50th Renovation project since 2008.

The news isn’t quite as optimistic for fellow international Celtic Ante Zizic who is not likely to have his contract situation overseas worked out in enough time to join Boston for summer league play in Salt Lake City and afterwards in Las Vegas.

Still, Yabusele getting a shot to play now is huge both for his own personal growth and that of the Celtics to get a better feel for how their first-round pick stacks up against fellow rookies and young teammates like Jordan Mickey.

This past season, Yabusele averaged 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in 28.7 minutes with Rouen Metropole Basket in the LNB Pro A league in France. He appeared in 34 games and grabbed 10 or more rebounds 11 times while tallying eight double-doubles.