Belichick: Welker was everything we hoped he'd be

Belichick: Welker was everything we hoped he'd be
March 19, 2013, 2:30 pm
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PHOENIX -- Bill Belichick was happy to let Robert Kraft's comments from Monday stand as the team's response to the dying drama around the slot receiver.

Entreaties were made Tuesday morning to get Belichick to speak further on Welker, who signed with the Broncos last week.

“I think Wes was everything we hoped he’d be when we traded for him," said Belichick. "He was tough, competitive, and very productive. I think what Robert said yesterday covered it pretty thoroughly. I don’t have anything to add to that.”

Belichick was more expansive when asked about Danny Amendola, Welker's replacement.

“Look forward to working with him. Any new player we get, they come in to our system and [we] try to teach him the things that we do and let him do them and evaluate him, and see how it all comes together. He’s been very productive as a receiver. He’s productive on the inside, he’s had some production on the outside. Josh [McDaniels] worked with him [in 2011] in St. Louis. Again, we’ll see how it goes.”

Amendola's injury history over the past two seasons has been a topic of discussion. Asked about how a team comfortably moves forward with a player when he has been dinged, Belichick said, “There is no [exact] science to it," he pointed out. "There are plenty of guys that come out of the draft that have had injuries and played relatively injury-free. There are other guys that have been injury-free and have been injury-prone at this level. I don’t have a great explanation for that; I don’t think anybody does unless it’s an ongoing situation and a guy has a recurring injury that he’s being treated for, then that is what it is. If it’s anything else, sometimes things happen, sometimes they don’t. When you get a player, you get everything that comes with that player. All the things the person is. It’s like that with every player.”