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Wes Welker Interview Transcript - 1/6/2011

Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker addresses the media during his locker room interview at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, Janaury 6, 2011.


(On how he feels about the Pro Bowl nod)
"It feels good. Obviously, I don't think it's been my greatest year or anything like that, but at the same time, I'm definitely happy about being added onto the Pro Bowl squad. It's exciting, but we still have a long way to go as a team, and have a lot of team goals that we need to go conquer."

(On hoping he can't play in the Pro Bowl because the Patriots make the Super Bowl)
"That's the plan. The way it is now, I don't think anybody really wants to play in it at this point. At the same time, it's a great honor to be a part of it."

(On the team's focus this week)
"I think the key thing is self-scouting and making sure that we're staying on top of everything and then getting better this week. And I think that's key for us [to] just go out and get better and do better this week."

(On whether the extra rest will be beneficial for him after a long season)
"I hope so. You're definitely fresh, and you've got to make sure that you're getting the practices in and almost make it a game-like situation and get those reps in and going hard and [run] some tough practices out there, and I think that's key for us."

(On how serious the team takes this extra time to practice)
"We take it very serious. We're in a great position right now, and you can't take these kind of opportunities for granted. [We need to] understand that we're in a good situation and we need to make sure that this is a time we need to rise above and make sure that we're staying on top of everything and hitting on all cylinders."

(On how much better he felt Monday morning after not playing)
"Yeah, I definitely felt a lot better physically and everything like that. It was nice. It was a little strange having that day off, but at the same time it was relaxing. My body felt great."

(On how he found out he had made the Pro Bowl)
"Coach announced it after practice yesterday, so I didn't really get a call or anything. He just announced it...I'm just happy to be in it and part of it."

(On who he wants to play in the playoffs)
"It doesn't matter. I think we just focus on ourselves. It's not about who we play, it's how we play and make sure we're preparing and getting ready and knowing that we've got to go out there and put our best foot forward."

(On whether he'll watch the games this weekend)
"For sure. These are exciting games anyway. Any football fan wants to check these games out, and especially the fact that we're going to be playing one, I'll definitely be checking it out."

(On whether he can get anything out of watching the games on television)
"For sure. Anytime you're watching film or watching anybody, you kind of get a sense for what they're doing out there and how they're playing the game and get a feel for it."

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