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Wes Welker Conference Call Transcript

Q:What has it been like to work in this offense, where the wide receivers are hit a few times a game?

WW:It's been great. The coaches put together a great offensive plan, and it's a great scheme every week. Playing around guys like Randy and Jab and our running backs with Kevin Faulk, and Sammy and LaMont and Ben Watson. Everybody kind of contributes and does the best they can each and every week.

Q:Would that make it tough as a receiver knowing going into a game that you're only going to get the ball once or twice? How does that help you with the Patriots knowing that you're going to get a lot of chances during the week?

WW:I think you just have to do your job and however the team plans on playing you and things like that, you just go out there and do your job to the best of your ability and let everything else just take care of itself.

Q:What is it about the systems that are in place both offensively and defensively that allow a team to just pick up and move on the way you have when you lose a player the caliber of Brady?

WW:I think everybody just has to pick up their game. We've known that Cassel is a great quarterback, and it was just him getting some experience and some time back there and he's really been able to show what he can do.

Q:At what point this year did you guys settle into a rhythm with Cassel, or is that something you guys already had through camp and exhibition games?

WW:I think we had it. It was just really getting his confidence going. I think the Denver game was a good game for him and he really moved it around. In the Jets game he played a really consistent game and didn't make any big mistakes or anything. We were able to move the ball and put points on the board.

Q:Randy struggled here sometimes. Were you surprised at how much he had left in the tank when he got to New England and you got there with him?

WW:I don't think I was very surprised. I think everyone knew he had it in him. He came here with a great attitude. He worked hard and wants to be the best and wants to prove it every single week. That's pretty much all he's shown when he showed up from day one. It was good to see him and it's a good thing for young guys to see that even though you have all the talent you still have to work out and make sure you're doing the right things to be the best.

Q:What did you know about Moss before he got there?

WW:I really didn't know too much at all to tell you the truth. I just knew he was a great talent and given the opportunity, he can really flourish.

Q:Was there anything you were surprised to learn about him?

WW:Just how smart of a player he is. I knew he had a lot of ability and things like that, but he understands defenses and I've really been able to pick up a lot from him.

Q:You came out of Miami, which was struggling at the time. How much does a change of scenery help a guy out?

WW:I think it helps quite a bit. Having a guy like Matt back there at quarterback and putting the ball in the right spot, it makes everybody else's job a lot easier.

Q:You were doing pretty well in Miami, but did you ever envision that things would take off in New England? A kind of pass-first offense that you would be the guy, like a 100-reception a year player?

WW:I knew it would be more than in Miami, but I didn't think it would be this much.

Q:Given the history of the Raiders, how shocking is it that this is a team that's won only 22 games over the past six years?

WW:It's a little surprising. I don't think their record indicates how good they really are. They obviously have a lot of talent and they fly around to the ball. They have a lot of team speed. I don't think anyone can really match up with their speed around the league, so you have to make sure you're playing good fundamental football and do the best you can do out there and try to finish plays as best you can.

Q:What is your take on Asomugha? Is he going to be a guy that is going to shadow Moss or lock on just the right side?

WW:I'm not really sure about that. I don't know. I do know he's a great player and if I'm lined up against him, I'll have to bring my best stuff to really have an opportunity to try to get open against him.

Q:What do you remember about him from a couple of years ago when you played against him when you were with the Dolphins?

WW:I really don't remember all that much to tell you the truth. I was in the slot primarily back then and he didn't play there, so I never really had to study up or really get to know him.

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