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Wes Welker “happy” to play again, will see how it plays out for 2016

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 22:  Wes Welker #19 of the St. Louis Rams carries the ball after catching a pass against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 22, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Rams gave wide receiver Wes Welker a chance to get back into the NFL this season when they signed him in mid-November, although it was a very different experience for Welker than the ones he had in New England and Denver.

There is no Tom Brady or Peyton Manning in St. Louis and the Rams’ anemic passing offense didn’t offer Welker many opportunities to make plays on the field. In eight games, Welker had 13 catches for 102 yards and was targeted 22 times while playing just a handful of snaps every week. Despite that, Welker said he was content with his return to the field after concussion issues simply because he returned to the field.

“Yeah, I was happy to get to play football again,” Welker said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “That was the No. 1 thing. Getting back out there, and being around the guys, and being in the locker room. And just being around football again. I missed it, and love being around the game.”

Welker was asked about his plans for the 2016 season and said he wants to continue playing “as long as I feel good and am having fun.” That half seems to be in place, but Welker will need to find a team that wants him back which is why he’ll be waiting to “see how all that plays out” in the coming months.

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15 Responses to “Wes Welker “happy” to play again, will see how it plays out for 2016”
  1. gizzmonic says: Jan 6, 2016 7:52 AM

    poor Wes

  2. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says: Jan 6, 2016 7:57 AM

    Well, Wes at least you’re not getting hit.

  3. kevinlawrencecantor says: Jan 6, 2016 8:10 AM

    As good as Demaryius and Emmanuel are, if you look at Denver’s offense they could have used someone like Wes Welker simply as a possession receiver.

    Unfortunately, New England will be more than equipped at the position once 2016 gets started. Knowing how this year went I can’t see them not taking a receiver in the 5th or 6th round and signing another respectable, but 4th or 5th string guy.

    I think Tennessee makes a lot of sense. Marcus Mariota can benefit from someone with the experience of Wes Welker. Dallas is also a team that should look at him. Having someone who can consistently catch those checkdowns will open the door for both the running game and Dez Bryant deep.

  4. grogansheroes says: Jan 6, 2016 8:29 AM

    Oh, I didn’t realize he played this year?

  5. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Jan 6, 2016 8:43 AM

    Teams just don’t want to be the ones responsible for his next/last concussion.

    He was a really good player but he’s getting up there and he’s had a lot of concussions. More to life than football.

  6. donterrelli says: Jan 6, 2016 8:51 AM

    “Welker had 13 catches for 102 yards and was targeted 22 times while playing just a handful of snaps every week. ”

    That was a typical game for him while playing for New England.

  7. unbridledsexy says: Jan 6, 2016 9:14 AM

    This guy is a phenomenal slot receiver, one of the best I’ve ever seen. He’s so fast it’s ridiculous. I wouldn’t mind seeing what he could do with Alex Smith. Too bad he had to leave New England, he had great chemistry with Brady.

  8. unbridledsexy says: Jan 6, 2016 9:15 AM

    At the same time this guy has had so many concussions he’s about three hits away from starting to forget his piano lessons.

  9. gisellichek says: Jan 6, 2016 9:38 AM

    Wes… I get it… you are a football junkie… put down the crack pipe… find an alternative… head trauma and its permanent effects on life are very real.

    Thanks for a great career… its time to call it.

  10. missile742 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:41 AM

    If Welker got released right now could the Pats pick him up the playoffs?

  11. missile742 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:44 AM

    unbridledsexy says:
    Jan 6, 2016 9:14 AM

    This guy is a phenomenal slot receiver, one of the best I’ve ever seen. He’s so fast it’s ridiculous. I wouldn’t mind seeing what he could do with Alex Smith. Too bad he had to leave New England, he had great chemistry with Brady.

    ___________________________

    Welker didn’t have to leave NE — BB didn’t want to pay what WW was asking for and Edelman was ready to assume his role. WW could have stayed if he wanted to.

  12. nhpats says: Jan 6, 2016 9:51 AM

    Wes should go see the movie Concussion. If he doesn’t decide to retire immediately then he should enter the concussion protocol….

  13. PokeSalad says: Jan 6, 2016 12:06 PM

    One more hard shot to the noggin, and he might even agree to play for the Browns.

  14. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 6, 2016 1:18 PM

    I think the roster of the teams out of the playoffs are locked until after the SB otherwise the Pats could pick him up for the playoffs.

  15. dstpierre165starave says: Jan 12, 2016 10:36 PM

    amendola was slated behind welker, edelman took the vacant slot and “ran with it” – there was NO assumption made. yes welker is aging, as are we all, however, his skill set remains viable at the professional level – recently proven by his performance with the rams! Good luck to you Mr. Welker; I will be fan no matter what jersey you have on.

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