|Tom Brady confirms he worked out with Wes Welker Sunday morning||09.19.16 at 8:50 pm ET|
Wes Welker was at Gillette Stadium on Sunday taking in the game, while also impersonating Tom Brady with a life-size mask of the quarterback in the parking lot beforehand.
Brady actually saw the mask earlier as the two were together Sunday morning.
“I saw some of those masks and I saw Wes’ — actually, I spent a little time with him Sunday morning. He showed it to me. It was probably the creepiest thing I’ve ever seen,” Brady told Jim Gray on Westwood One’s pregame show Monday night.
The quarterback confirmed the two worked out together, but didn’t say exactly what they did.
“It was good to spend some time with him,” Brady said. “He’s been one of my best friends and we played together for a long time. It was good to be with him. He’s still got a lot of ability, so it was fun to kind of be out on the field with him.”
Brady can return from his four-game suspension on Oct. 3 as the team prepares for their Week 5 matchup in Cleveland.
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|Wes Welker surprises Patriots fans at Gillette Stadium tailgate with Tom Brady mask||09.18.16 at 12:56 pm ET|
Not only is Wes Welker in town to apparently throw passes to Tom Brady, he apparently he impersonated him too.
Welker surprised Patriots fans at Gillette Stadium Sunday with a Brady mask Bleacher Report first debuted last week in Arizona.
See for yourself.
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|Tom Brady finds someone to throw with while visiting Michigan||09.17.16 at 11:36 am ET|
Who needs to wait for Wes Welker? It looks like Tom Brady found someone to help keep his game sharp Friday night while he was at the University of Michigan. (He’s going to serve as the honorary captain for Saturday’s game against Colorado.)
|Tom Brady will throw with old buddy Wes Welker this weekend||09.16.16 at 10:26 am ET|
Looks like Tom Brady is going to lean on some old friends to help him stay sharp during his suspension.
The quarterback has made a connection with Wes Welker, and the two will get together and throw this weekend. Welker, who is scheduled to be in the Boston area, said he initially reached out in hopes of a dinner date. But Brady apparently had something else in mind.
“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 told the “Joe Rose Show” on WQAM in Miami on Friday. “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.
“It’s just funny. I’m sitting there trying to have dinner. ‘Hey, get your [expletive] 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.”
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|Kevin Faulk: Tom Brady could call 2 big-name former teammates to workout with him during suspension||08.01.16 at 10:05 am ET|
When Tom Brady is suspended for the first four weeks of the season he cannot have any contact with his teammates or be at the Gillette Stadium facility.
So what will he do to stay sharp?
Former teammate Kevin Faulk speculated he may call on two of his former teammates to work out with him during the month of September.
“He’s definitely going to work,” Faulk on NESN in a segment set to air Monday night. “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.”
Welker remains a free agent after spending the end of last season with the Rams, while Moss hasn’t played since 2012 and is now an analyst with ESPN.
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|Rob Ninkovich on OMF: Deflategate ‘is just stupid’||07.12.16 at 1:05 pm ET|
Patriots defensive lineman/linebacker Rob Ninkovich and former wide receiver Wes Welker joined Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Tuesday morning as part of their promotion of Dr. Robert Leonard and hair loss treatment. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.
As is with most interviews with Patriots players, Deflategate came up.
“Honestly, no, we don’t talk about it,” Ninkovich said. “It was last year — what was it? Two years ago? How long ago was it? It’s something that you can’t really think about, talk about because it’s not going to help you.”
Added Ninkovich: “Really for me, I’m not a quarterback, I’m not a receiver. I don’t know. The whole thing is just stupid. There are a lot of things going on that shouldn’t last for two years, three years, four years, I don’t know.”
Welker was seen spending a few days with the Ravens this summer coaching. He admitted he’s interested, but doesn’t know if he wants to make the commitment because of the time involved.
“Part of of me does and then there’s part of me that is just like [oof],” Welker said. “We just had twins and they are 11 months old. That is a big factor too.”
The former Patriots receiver has done some media work in the past few months and said it’s something he would like to get into down the road.
|Trying to provide some context to Cam Newton’s abrupt podium walkout after Sunday’s Super Bowl||02.08.16 at 11:51 am ET|
The scene in the interview area after a Super Bowl can be a little crazy.
There are literally hundreds of people coming and going — players, family, support staff and reporters — in a tight, confined space. Players are all delivered to postgame podiums, and many of their comments are broadcast over a public address system loudly so that everyone can hear. Winners are losers are in sometimes uncomfortably close proximity. There’s media on deadline trying to drum up quotes, players still caught up in the throes of victory or trying to process a crushing defeat, and league officials and security trying to keep everything in some semblance of order. The noise adds to the frenzy.
I mention all of this in the context of the scene involving Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, who appeared to prematurely leave his postgame Q&A session Sunday because of perceived frustration or anger regarding the defeat against Denver. It appeared that at one point, Newton could hear Denver cornerback Chris Harris Jr. talking happily about the win and what they were able to do to Newton.
THIS is why Cam walked out (listen to what’s being said in the background). pic.twitter.com/6LdLFwv8tj
‘ Brian (@bmweezy13) February 8, 2016
That, combined with the rawness of the difficult loss, was likely what made Newton cut his time at the podium short. But unfortunately for him, the narrative of the bitter young quarterback had been entrenched in the minds of many, regardless of the situation.
None of this is to excuse Newton’s actions — part of his postgame obligations include a session with the media, and as I said, it can be extremely difficult process for any member of the losing team to try and endure. (I can still recall a sad-eyed Wes Welker talking with us after New England’s loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI while New York players gleefully celebrated on the other side of a curtain, no less than 15 feet away.) It’s only to provide a little more context to what happened, and serve as a small reminder that the narrative doesn’t always fit with the facts.
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