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Rob Ninkovich on OMF: Deflategate ‘is just stupid’ 07.12.16 at 1:05 pm ET
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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.

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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
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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.

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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Wes Welker signs 1-year deal with Rams 11.09.15 at 7:01 pm ET
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Wes Welker is back in the NFL. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Wes Welker is back in the NFL. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Wes Welker is returning to the NFL.

Hours after NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source, that the former Patriots and Broncos receiver signed a deal with the Rams, St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher confirmed Welker’s addition to his roster during a meeting with reporters.

Welker’s deal is for one year at a prorated base salary of $970,000, and includes incentives worth as much as $700,000. The incentives are centered on his playing time and catches.

The Rams were provided incentive Monday to sign the reliable 34-year-old slot receiver when news broke that receiver Stedman Bailey was hit with a four-game suspension for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.

Welker’s last game action came in Week 17 last year, when he caught two passes for 42 yards against the Raiders. Welker reportedly was seriously considering retirement last year after numerous concussions with the Broncos limited his effectiveness in Denver. While reaching Super Bowl XLVIII with the Broncos, he never reached the levels he enjoyed with the Patriots for six seasons with Tom Brady, during which he appeared in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.

He appeared on WEEI in the spring and indicated that he never ruled out a return to New England as long as Tom Brady was the quarterback.

“We’ve done physicals, we’ve done everything,” Fisher told reporters Monday. “I think he’ll eventually move some chains for us.”

The Rams are in desperate need for help for quarterback Nick Foles. Tavon Austin leads the team with 28 catches. The next closest is tight end Jared Cook, with 20.

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Rubbed out: Why do Patriots lead league in offensive pass interference penalties? 10.14.15 at 10:50 am ET
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Rob Gronkowski has been hit with two offensive pass interference calls this season. (Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski has been hit with two offensive pass interference calls this season. (Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — While the Patriots have cut way down on penalties this year (at least when compared to last season), New England does lead the league in offensive pass interference calls — the Patriots have been flagged five times through four games.

Rob Gronkowski has been whistled for the infraction twice, while Julian Edelman, Keshawn Martin and Aaron Dobson have all been flagged once this year.

One of the reasons for the spike is the fact that pick or rub plays are being called more often this season, according to Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Belichick told WEEI earlier this week that it’s a clear point of emphasis this year.

“Sometimes you get those plays and one crew might call them and one crew might not,” Belichick said. “I think this is one of those things — kind of like the defensive rule — that a defenseless receiver, that those hits have gone down. They have diminished over the last couple of years as defenders are more conscious of it, they are more aware of the rule.

“They do it a little bit differently and I think offensively teams — we’re one of them — you have to be more careful about running into guys, where in the past sometimes when you run crossing patterns, you just don’t know where those defenders are going to be sometimes.”

Pick plays and rub routes have been in the spotlight the last few years, as many teams — including the Patriots — have utilized them as a way for pass catchers to gain separation over the middle, as well as when they’re split out wide. Occasionally, a receiver who is new to the New England offense has struggled trying to perfect the art of a well-run pick in hopes of trying to spring another receiver. (Last season, Brandon LaFell picked up three OPI calls at the start of the year as he became fully acclimated into the New England offense.)

It’s important to remember that within one yard of the line of scrimmage, an offensive player can block the defender as much as he wants, regardless of whether or not the ball is in the air. However, beyond the one-yard zone, it is illegal for an offensive player to initiate contact with a defender. And after that, it can get dicey for an official who is trying to determine what is incidental contact between a potential pass catcher and a defender and what might be worthy of a flag.

According to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, it’s a challenge the Patriots’ offense continues to try and master.

“I think our guys are always trying to do that the right way, and sometimes when you’re doing things like that, you’re going to incur a few penalties here and there. It’s not much different than any other penalty you end up getting,” he said.

He added: “You’re always trying to give yourself an opportunity to make a good play. Our guys have heard the rules from the officials and we try to coach them as well as we can and they try to execute them the way that we explain it to them. Certainly, we’re never trying to get a penalty and we’ll try to coach it as clean and as best we can going forward to try to eliminate those situations from coming up.”

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Report: Giants working out WR Wes Welker 09.29.15 at 10:03 am ET
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After not being re-signed this past offseason by the Broncos, former Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker hasn’t had a home since the end of last season.

That could be changing soon, as the Giants are working out Welker on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

Welker has battled concussion issues for the past few years and some have thought the 34-year-old should retire. He played 27 games in Denver over the last two seasons, catching 12 touchdowns, but only two coming last season.

The Texas Tech product spent six years in New England from 2007-12 where he revived his career.

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Evan Mathis, Wes Welker top list of veteran NFL free agents still in search of work 08.24.15 at 12:34 pm ET
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Wes Welker remains on the market. (Rob Leiter/Getty Images)

Wes Welker remains on the market. (Rob Leiter/Getty Images)

With summer winding down and the regular season fast approaching, there still are some veteran free agents on the market who have expressed an interest in playing in 2015. Here are eight intriguing veteran possibilities who could find themselves in uniform again between now and Labor Day.

Evan Mathis — The 33-year-old guard, who was released by the Eagles earlier this offseason, probably is best offensive lineman currently available. While there are questions about how much he’d command, he’s had no shortage of suitors to this point. Reports have linked him to the Seahawks, Dolphins, Titans and Chiefs. The 6-foot-5, 301-pounder is a two-time Pro Bowler who has played for the Eagles, Bengals, Dolphins and Panthers.

Wes Welker When he blew through town last spring on a promotional tour, Welker said that he’d gladly re-sign with the Patriots if given the chance. A reunion with Tom Brady would be fun to write about, but at the same time, the 34-year-old Welker has had concussion and other injury issues the last season-plus with the Broncos, which might take him out of the picture, at least as it relates to New England. However, like Wayne and some other veteran receivers still on the market, he could get a phone call because of the recent injuries to the likes of Nelson and Kelvin Benjamin.

Randy Moss– Why not? He teased everyone the last few days with the thought of him returning. It’s debatable how much he has left in the tank, but if we can seriously talk about the idea of Wayne coming back, why not Moss? The 38-year-old played 14 seasons in the NFL, including three-plus years with the Patriots from 2007 through the early stages of the 2010 season. With New England he caught 259 passes for 3,904 yards and 50 touchdowns. If he can still play, he would likely have a short list of contenders, and you figure given his past history with the Patriots, New England would be on that list.

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Former Patriots WR Wes Welker on MFB: I’ve never ruled out return to New England 06.02.15 at 12:29 pm ET
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Former Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker joined Middays with MFB on Tuesday to discuss his relationship with the team and his future plans. To hear the interview, go to the Middays with MFB audio on demand page.

Welker is currently a free agent, but he has put work into staying in shape this offseason and being ready for training camp. Welker has played in 11 NFL seasons, with the last two coming with the Broncos.

“I’ve just been working out and staying in shape,” Welker said. “I’ve been down in Florida doing all of that. My wife has called it ‘The Offseason of Wes.’ She’s pregnant right now (with twins) so we’ve been traveling around. … We’ve just been going on vacation because I don’t have to report to a team right now. We’ve been to the Bahamas and we’ve been to Cabo. She can’t travel any more after this weekend so I’ll be down in Florida training all the way leading up to training camp and kind of seeing what happens.”

Additionally, Welker did not rule out a potential return to the Patriots.

“I think there are a handful of teams that are definitely an option,” he said. “If the right situation comes up and everything kind of pieces together then I’ll definitely play again. … I don’t think there’s any hard feelings there [with Bill Belichick]. Definitely not from my side and I don’t think from his either. I’ve never ruled that out.”

When asked about Deflategate, Welker defended Tom Brady, his former quarterback and good friend.

“It’s like, ‘Oh, Tom [Brady] did it? Yeah, it’s definitely a big deal,'” he said. “I never really noticed a difference in the balls. I think it is [a big deal] because it’s him. Other teams are kind of like, ‘I knew he was doing something.’ I don’t know how big of a deal it is.”

He continued to defend the Patriots when discussing allegations of improved ball security through ball deflation.

“I guess that’s one statistic you kind of look at that you’re kind of like, ‘Okay, maybe that helped?'” he said. “Everybody practices good ball security. It’s not like Bill [Belichick] reinvented the wheel on that one. He obviously emphasizes it a lot and does a great job with it, but every team does.”

With many of his former teammates celebrating a Super Bowl win this past February, Welker may have regrets of his own, but remains happy for his friends.

“Obviously you’re happy for your friends,” he said. “Deep down, you’re like, ‘Man, this sucks. We should’ve done that.’ Or, ‘I should have been there.’ Or, ‘We should’ve won in the past.’ A lot of thoughts go through your head, but that’s the game. The ball bounces a funny way, you throw it up in the air and you don’t know where it’s going to bounce. It’s just the way it goes sometimes. You should move on. Life goes on.”

Though he and the Patriots reportedly parted ways on bad terms, Welker insists he has no hard feelings towards the organization.

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