It’s been less than three months since former Patriot wideout Wes Welker was introduced as a Denver Bronco, but the 5-time Pro Bowler is already making an impact in the Rockies. After one day of OTA’s, he is working to create the same chemistry he had with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady with Broncos starting quarterback Peyton Manning.
“Wes and I will continue to work and try to get on the same page,” Manning told reporters on Monday. “I thought we had excellent production last year at the slot out of [WR] Brandon Stokley and adding Wes as a new player—we’re looking forward to getting on the same page.”
Manning will throw to Welker as the two look to bring Denver their first Super Bowl since 1998. Having seen Welker on the other side, playing the past six seasons in New England, Manning is happy to lineup alongside No. 83.
“Well, I can just speak for what he’s done in New England,” said Manning. He’s just been an extremely difficult guy to cover one-on-one and then you can tell by watching him on film—he’s an extremely smart player. He has an excellent feel for zone coverage. This is just the beginning stages of him getting comfortable in this offense and he and I getting on the same page.”
On the other side of the ball, Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey is excited to lineup against Welker as OTA’s continue.
“We haven’t seen it yet, honestly,” said Bailey on Welker, who has caught 35 passes for 354 yards and 3 touchdowns in 6 career games against Denver. “But it is to be seen. I’m looking forward to it.”