Belichick on Welker: He's a good player

Belichick on Welker: He's a good player
November 20, 2013, 12:45 pm
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FOXBORO -- For the past month, Bill Belichick’s been -- for him -- chipper in his press conferences.
Wednesday, with the agitation of Monday night still fresh and the Denver Broncos looming, Belichick was back to clipped and rote responses when the Carolina fiasco and the return of Wes Welker were broached.
Asked if he’d contacted the league about the bizarre finish, Belichick deadpanned, “We’re on to Denver.”
An attempt at a follow was interrupted with the words, “We’re on to Denver. Working on Denver.”
Sunday, of course, represents the return to Foxboro of Wes Welker. Welker’s March departure was messy as he was hell-bent on testing the free-agent market and the Patriots were hell-bent on making sure they didn’t end up without a top-tier slot receiver.
When Welker rebuffed the Patriots final offer hours before free agency started, the Patriots reached agreement with Danny Amendola. The conversation in the ensuing months has revolved around the myth that the Patriots didn’t want Welker. Not surprisingly, Belichick wasn’t up for delving into the topic.  
First asked if Peyton Manning and the Broncos have been using him similarly to the way he was used in New England, Belichick said, “He’s in the slot 90 . . . more than 90 percent of the time. Peyton uses everybody. He throws to everybody. Throws to the guy who’s open. Does a good job of that.”
Asked for his impressions of Welker’s time here and where their relationship is now, Belichick said, “Yeah, right now we’re really just focused on preparing for Denver. What happened last year, five years ago doesn’t really have too much impact on anything right now. We’re trying to get ready for Denver. He’s done a good job for them, he’s a good player.”