Wes Welker has caught passes from both Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in addition to spending time with the two quarterbacks on the golf course, so the former wide receiver has plenty of opinions on Sunday’s “The Match: Champions for Charity” event.
Welker seems to think the match could go either way. He said he has played with Manning and Brady probably around 20 times each and that Brady is the better golfer, though Manning has been playing more. Welker also joked that he expects Brady and Manning to hit the ball “far right and far left because that’s usually what they do when they play with me.”
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Of course, Brady and Manning each have a partner. Their names are Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, and how they play will likely go a long way toward determining the outcome of the match.
Brady and Manning exchanged some hilarious jabs leading up to the big showdown, and we are expecting that entertainment to continue on Sunday.
The Denver Broncos were apparently blocked from attempting to hire one of their former players recently.
Mike Klis of KUSA 9News reported on Saturday that the Houston Texans denied the Broncos permission to interview the retired five-time Pro Bowler to be their wide receivers coach. Welker is currently an offensive assistant for the Texans. As a result, Denver hired Zach Azzanni as their WR coach instead.
The 36-year-old Welker last played in the league for the St. Louis Rams during the 2015 campaign. He was hired by the Texans before the 2017 season in what was his first coaching gig and has held the position ever since.
Interestingly enough, Welker also played for the Broncos for two seasons from 2013 to 2014. Perhaps he should have just showed up for an interview with Denver in disguise, something that he has been known to do in recent years.
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Wes Welker is reportedly going to be joining the Houston Texans for the upcoming season, though not in a capacity we are used to seeing him in.
According to John McCain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans are expected to hire Welker to join their coaching staff as an offensive assistant.
Texans expected to hire Wes Welker as an offensive assistant and bring back Bobby King as linebackers coach this week.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) January 30, 2017
There had been speculation that Welker wanted to get into coaching since he was spotted hanging out with the Texans coaching staff at the Senior Bowl, and it appears Bill O’Brien is willing to give him a shot.
O’Brien was an offensive assistant with the New England Patriots for five of the six seasons Welker spent with the team, so the two are quite familiar with one another. Welker last played for the St. Louis Rams in 2015, but a series of concussions may have cut his playing career short. We haven’t heard much from him since he wore that creepy Tom Brady costume to some Patriots games earlier this year.
Between Welker, O’Brien and defensive coaches Romeo Crennel and Mike Vrabel, there are Patriots connections all throughout the Texans’ coaching staff.
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Tom Brady may not be at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, but his old pal is.
Wes Welker, complete with Tom Brady mask, made an appearance in Foxboro on Sunday as this week’s entrant in Bleacher Report’s “Fake Brady” stunt.
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Hey, if Welker’s having fun, who are we to judge? He’s about as close as we can get to Brady this week, given that the two are apparently hanging out. Perhaps the former Pats receiver can bring the team some good mojo in Brady’s absence. Just skip the mask. It’s creepy.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is forbidden from working out with or even talking football with any of his coaches and teammates during his four-game suspension, so he’s calling on one of his former favorite targets to go through some reps with him this weekend.
In an interview with the “Joe Rose Show” on WQAM in Miami Friday, Welker said he is going to be in the Boston area over the weekend and reached out to Brady to set up a dinner date. Brady has plans for Saturday night, but he proposed putting Welker to work instead.
“I hit him up to do dinner Saturday night. He’s like, ‘I’m going to be flying in from Ann Arbor later, but how about that morning we go throw?’” Welker said, via Ben Volin of The Boston Globe. “And I’m just sitting there, I’m like, ‘I was just thinking about dinner, but yeah, sure. I’ll get over there early and we can throw a little bit.”
Welker still has no clue if he’ll get his dinner date.
“That’s the only thing we really have planned,” he added. “It’s just funny. I’m sitting there trying to have dinner. ‘Hey, get your a– up here and let’s go throw.’ I’m like, ‘Aw jeez, man.’ He’s going to have me running like 2-minute drill in his backyard or something.”
Former Patriots running back Kevin Faulk speculated weeks ago that Brady would reach out to Welker and Randy Moss to work out during his suspension. Brady may not have been the one who reached out, but it sounds like it’s still happening.
We assume Brady’s current boyfriend is going to be extremely jealous, but he’ll just have to get over it. No. 12 needs to get his reps in somehow.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is not allowed to practice or work out with any of his current teammates and coaches during his four-game suspension, so he may call on some of his former favorite targets to help him stay in shape.
During a recent appearance on “NESN Sports Today,” former Patriots running back Kevin Faulk speculated that Brady will reach out to Randy Moss and Wes Welker during the first month of the season.
“He’s definitely going to work,” Faulk said. “There’s no doubt in my mind. He’s probably going to do the same regimen he’s been doing for the last how many years he’s been playing football, stay in that routine, and yes, I’m almost positive Wes Welker is going to be here. He probably will reach out to Randy (Moss), and Randy will come because Randy’s in still good shape. Real good shape.”
Moss and Welker have both supposedly remained in great shape and were part of the 2007 Patriots team that shattered just about every offensive record in NFL history.
Even if Brady comes back a bit rusty in Week 5, it’s safe to say Jimmy Garoppolo is not stealing his starting job. We know that because Bill Belichick gave us one of the most classic reactions ever (video here) when asked about it recently. If Brady thinks Moss and Welker can help him stay on his game, he won’t hesitate to reach out.
No two players in the NFL have a stronger bromance than Tom Brady and Julian Edelman, and the man who used to be considered Brady’s favorite target has taken note.
Former New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker joined the “Toucher and Rich Show” on 98.5 The Sports Hub Tuesday, and the hosts asked him about the relationship between Brady and Edelman. To be fair, Welker was basically agreeing that Edelman tries to mimic everything Brady does off the field. He seemed to have no problem talking about it, though.
“It’s a little too obvious,” Welker said, via CBS Boston. “I think it’s been noticed. I don’t know, I think it’s like going and getting Advil, and then there’s like the Walgreens prescription next to it.”
He’s not wrong. Brady’s brand is called TB12. Guess what brand Edelman came out with after Brady’s launched? JE11. After Brady was present for the meeting between the Boston Celtics and Kevin Durant, Edelman got in on the recruiting by sharing this photo on social media. More recently, Edelman posted a photoshopped image on Twitter pretending he was hanging out with Brady and Justin Timberlake at UFC 200.
— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) July 12, 2016
It should be noted that the admiration is quite mutual. Brady seems to love Edelman just as much as Edelman loves him. Heck, the two have even flirted with one another on Facebook.
According to Welker, Edelman openly admits he rides Brady’s coattails. If you’re going to ride someone’s coattails, why not ride Tom Brady’s?
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