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Some highlights from Wes Welker’s Q&A with NFL Network that aired Sunday morning

10.16.11 at 1:51 pm ET

Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker sat down with Michael Irvin of the NFL Network for a chat that aired this morning, and Welker shared his thoughts on a variety of subjects, including why he’s been so successful, facing pressure and how he works with Chad Ochocinco. Here are a few of the highlights:

On how he is able to have success, despite his size: ‘€œThe mind can be a powerful thing. I think just believing in yourself and if you go out there every single play with that mindset of hey, I’€™m going to make a play here, if I don’€™t make it, nobody is going to make it, I think ultimately that’€™s the most key thing about being a receiver.’€

On getting cut by the Chargers and going to Miami: ‘€œI was pretty devastated after that and really didn’€™t know what was going to happen. I was kind of lost and next thing you know, I was on a plane to Miami. I was going to be on the practice squad at first there and then ended up getting bumped up.’€

On if he thought he matched Jerry Rice‘€™s record-breaking paces: ‘€œNo, not at all. I thought I was going to return kicks and punts my whole career. I didn’€™t know that it could become this. At the time, I was just trying to keep a job. I was thinking the more receiver I can play, then they’€™ll see I can do that and help out there and they’€™ll keep me around longer.’€

On the pressure of being the No. 1 target on the field: ‘€œIt’€™s definitely pressure, but at the same time I love it. I love being that guy and having that attitude that I have to get this done for us and make sure that I’€™m making the plays necessary for us to win. You know, having No. 12 back there doesn’€™t hurt either and once you get that first play, it kind of takes the pressure off everybody.’€

On how he encourages Ochocinco: ‘€œKeep on encouraging him and keep on bringing him along, talking about different routes and telling him at some point, you’€™re going to have to have a breakout game for us to win. We have all the confidence in the world that’€™s going to happen.’€

Read More: Chad Ochocinco, Jerry Rice, Michael Irvin, Wes Welker



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