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Transcript: Wes Welker Locker Room Interview - 11/5/2010

Q: Last time Cleveland played a game they made life difficult on Drew Brees. What did you guys take from that as far as what their defense is all about?

WW: As far as offensively, you've got to take care of the football. And obviously they made some great plays out there and they do a great job of disguising and really hustling around to the football. They're a tough, hard-nosed defense. You have to bring it every single play and make sure you're on top of everything.

Q: How you guys feel about how you've been doing as far as ball security and keeping the turnovers low?

WW: I think we've done pretty well, especially the past few games, making sure Tom [Brady] is going to get it to the right guy, and making sure that we're getting open for him and not screwing him up by running a different route or anything like that. [We need to] make sure we're on top of everything and everybody is securing the football when we need to.

Q: How has Brandon Tate come along in terms of replacing Randy Moss and stretching the field? Is he serving the same purpose in terms of helping you get open?

WW: I think so. He's doing a good job out there. I think there are a lot of things that a lot of us can clean up. He's in his second year, and really it's almost like his rookie year because he didn't play much last year. There's a big learning curve there, but for the most part he's doing a great job for us. [He's] making a lot of plays, and that's what we need him to do.

Q: Is there any danger in playing against a team that has a pretty bad record with nothing to lose and then they pull out all the stops?

WW: It's a team that, I wouldn't say that they have nothing to lose, but they really want to try and keep you off balance and keep you off guard. You got to be ready for all those scenarios - fake punts, fake this, fake that. They've got them all. You've got to make sure you're on your toes and ready for all blitzes and everything else they're bringing at you.

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