Cole Beasley tired of Wes Welker comparisons

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Cole Beasley tired of Wes Welker comparisons

Is it such a bad thing for a rookie wide receiver to be compared favorably to Wes Welker?

Cole Beasley isn't thrilled about it.

"I do have similarities with him but I feel like I can play a little bit more outside than Welker does, as well as inside, the kid Cowboy said Tuesday on Dallas station 105.3 The Fan.

The most obvious likeness is size: Beasley is 5-8, 182-pounds. There's also the Cinderella storyline in that he went undrafted.

Considering how Beasley plays in the slot, is fast as hell, and knows how to exploit holes in a defense, the comparison only makes sense.

Or, to a guy trying to assert his own NFL identity, it's annoying.

I get tired of it a little bit because I feel like I have a little bit more speed than Wes Welker does. Hes got a little bigger frame than me but I feel like Ive got a little more versatility to my game than he does."

Beasley insists he's a fan of Welker, calling the Patriot "a great player" and "one of the best in the game." Still, the SMU product is eager to set himself apart.

Like with that Super Bowl drop.

Oh yeah, Beasley said. You got to catch that one.

Brady allows himself to enjoy win: '[Bleep], you've got to be happy now'

Brady allows himself to enjoy win: '[Bleep], you've got to be happy now'

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady can be his own worst critic. That's why last week, after beating the Texans in the Divisional Round to move on to the AFC title game, he wasn't thrilled. He didn't play up to his standards. The offense struggled at points. He wore his frustration like a five o'clock shadow.

Winning is not everything for Brady, most weeks. He has an idea of how he should perform, how the Patriots offense should perform, and when those ideals aren't met, he's generally displeased. 

PATRIOTS 36, STEELERS 17

On Sunday, after beating up on the Steelers, 36-17, that wasn't the case. It was a sound performance, but it wasn't perfect. It was explosive at times, but it shined a light on areas where the Patriots will need to continue to improve. 

Despite its imperfections, Sunday was no time to brood about plays missed or lessons learned the hard way. Screw it, Brady seemed to say. They were going to the Super Bowl. It was OK to smile.  

"It was a good day," Brady said. "I mean, we're going to the Super Bowl, man. [Expletive], you've got to be happy now."

The Super Bowl berth is the ninth in franchise history -- more than any other club -- and the seventh with Brady and coach Bill Belichick. By throwing for 384 yards and three touchdowns on 32-of-42 passing, Brady tied Joe Montana for the most postseason games (nine) with three touchdown passes. 

Brady will also claim the record for Super Bowls played when he and the Patriots head to Houston. And if they win, he'll tie Charles Haley for most Super Bowl wins for a player (five).

Those are lofty numbers made even more significant, perhaps, due to the fact that Brady wasn't allowed to start this season as his team's quarterback. He was asked during Sunday's postgame press conference if it was personally satisfying to get back to the Super Bowl despite having to serve a four-game suspension due to Deflategate.

"Well, that's because of the hard work of a lot of people from my coaches to my teammates to our families that support us," he said. "It takes a lot of people, a lot of hard work and a lot of effort over the course of many months. This didn't start at 6:40 tonight.

"This thing started in April. It really started before that in free-agency when we were picking up guys like [Chris] Hogan and drafting guys like Malcolm Mitchell and guy who were in rehab like [LeGarrette Blount] and [Dion Lewis] and [James Develin] and Nate [Solder]. It's a lot of hard work. There are only two teams left standing, and I'm happy we're one of them."

They're going to the Super Bowl. He has to be happy now.