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83 Wes Welker WR
Height/Weight: 5-9/185 | Birthdate: 5/1/1981 | Birthplace: Oklahoma City, OK, USA | Team: Denver | College: Texas Tech | NFL Experience: 11 | Owned/Started%: 100/39 | Average Draft Position: 42.53
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John Elway suggests Wes Welker will be in Denver a while


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) General manager John Elway "insinuated that the Broncos are eyeing an extension or re-signing Wes Welker after his original two-year, $12 million deal expires," reports the Boston Globe. The report counters speculation Denver might be tempted to part with the 32-year-old receiver, who'll count $8 million against the cap this season.

John Fox expects Wes Welker back


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) The Broncos might lose one member of their historically productive receiving corps to free agency, but they don't seem intent on letting go of another.

Though Wes Welker has a roster Bonus worth $3 million due in March and dealt with two concussions last season, head coach John Fox expects the team to bring him back for the 2014 season.

"Wes Welker is under contract, so I don't think it's a tremendous decision," Fox told ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com at the NFL Combine Thursday.

Welker finished the regular season with 73 receptions for 778 yards in just 13 games, all of which are his lowest totals since 2006. He did haul in a career-high 10 touchdowns, and hauled in 18 receptions while appearing in all three of the team's postseason games. 


Is Wes Welker's roster spot safe?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2014) Broncos receiver Wes Welker is owed $6 million in 2014 but is scheduled to count $8 million against the cap, reports ProFootballTalk.com. The team might not want to pay Welker his $3 million bonus due next month and his $3 million base salary, and could seek a pay cut.

If the sides can't agree on the right price, Denver could release him, according to CSN New England. Welker suffered two concussions last season and will turn 33 in May.


Wes Welker makes eight catches


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2014) Broncos receiver Wes Welker caught eight of 10 targets for 84 yards against the Seahawks as he fell to 0-3 in Super Bowls. Welker ranked second on the team behind Demaryius Thomas in catches, targets and receiving yards.

Welker, who turns 33 in May, is under contract for $6 million in 2014.


Wes Welker not considering retirement


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2014) Two concussions this year and reaching the age of 33 in the offseason does not have Broncos prolific wide receiver Wes Welker contemplating retirement, even if he earns his first Super Bowl ring on Sunday.

"Of course it would be a good way to end it, but I am still having fun," he said via Pro Football Talk. "I am still enjoying the game. I feel good, and as long as I am out there having fun, I will continue to play."

Welker has done more than have fun this year. He caught 73 passes for 778 yards and 10 touchdowns in the regular season despite missing three games to the concussions. He has added 10 receptions for 76 yards and a score in the playoffs.


Wes Welker defends hit on Aqib Talib


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker said he doesn't know if former coach Bill Belichick hates him, but he did defend his hit on Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib in the AFC title game that Belichick called one of the worst he's ever seen.

"It's a rub play that everybody runs," Welker told the Boston Globe. "It's one of the deals where you try to get a rub on the guy and if you can't get him to go over the top of you, the more separation the other receiver will have. That's what I tried to do to try to get (teammate Demaryius Thomas) a little more open. Unfortunately, we just ended up colliding."


Wes Welker has recent history with Seattle


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1/28/2014) Broncos receiver Wes Welker will face the Seahawks for the first time this season in Super Bowl XLVIII, but he has an idea of what to expect in this matchup.

Welker played the Seahawks in Seattle last year when he was with the Patriots, and he did pretty well against the Legion of Boom secondary. Last year with the Patriots, Welker went into Seattle and had 10 catches for 138 yards and a touchdown. 

Welker has been up and down in the playoffs so far. He had six catches for 38 yards and a touchdown against San Diego but just four catches for 38 yards against the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. 

The Seahawks have allowed a receiver to score in consecutive games with Marques Colston and Anquan Boldin, and we like Welker the best of Denver's receivers in the Super Bowl in terms of potential success. While Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker will line up outside against Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell, who have been the best cover corners for the Seahawks down the stretch, Welker will likely see a lot of slot corner Walter Thurmond, who isn't an easy target, but the Broncos might have more success with Welker than anyone else.

Consider Welker a quality starter in Playoff Challenge leagues.


Wes Welker keeping his focus


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker stressed the importance of keeping his focus during Media Day Tuesday.

Welker said he was "nervous" to be playing in the Super Bowl, but explained that's normal. "If you're not nervous, you're not focused," Welker said. "If you're not focused, you're screwed." Welker is one of the few players involved in the game who has prior Super Bowl experience. 


Wes Welker not thinking retirement


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1/27/2014) Broncos receiver Wes Welker isn't thinking about retirement even though he suffered a pair of concussions in the second half of the season. Welker turns 33 in May and did have a career-high 10 touchdowns in 13 games but had just 778 yards on 73 catches to go with it. 

"I think so," Welker said when asked if he wanted to keep playing according to the Boston Herald. "We'll see what happens. I've definitely been blessed with 10 more years than I ever thought I would play in the NFL. I'll just keep on playing until they tell me I can't anymore."


Wes Welker doesn't think weather will slow Broncos


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2014) Broncos receiver Wes Welker said he's not concerned about the Super Bowl forecast, which calls for temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s, a 20 percent chance of precipitation and light wind. All the Broncos need to do is execute their offense and stay in the mindset of scoring touchdowns, Welker said.

"I’ve seen a lot of games where they’ve been able to throw for a lot of yards in bad weather," he said after arriving in New Jersey for Super Bowl XLVIII. "I don’t see that being a problem for us."


Wes Welker clams up when asked about Belichick


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker declined to talk Friday about former coach Bill Belichick, who criticized his hit on Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib in the AFC Championship game. Welker did say he was never concerned about getting fined for the hit. Welker was not fined.

Wes Welker hit on Aqib Talib deemed legal


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2014) NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino has confirmed that the controversial hit Sunday by Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker on Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib was within NFL rules, according to NFL Network.

The hit that knocked Talib out of the AFC Championship Game brought a complaint from Bill Belichick about his former player. Belichick said after the game it was one of the worst hits he's ever seen.


Wes Welker's biggest impact comes via block


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2014) Broncos receiver Wes Welker caught four passes for 38 yards in the AFC Championship Game win over his former team, the Patriots. He was targeted five times.

Welker's biggest impact came when he leveled New England cornerback Aqib Talib on a pick play in the second quarter. Talib left with a knee injury and did not return. With the Patriots missing their top corner, Peyton Manning picked apart their secondary with ease.

Welker will play the Seahawks or 49ers in Super Bowl XLVIII.


Wes Welker has chance to shine in rematch


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1/16/2014) The first time the Broncos and Patriots met in Week 12, former New England standout receiver Wes Welker was held in check. But this time around in Sunday's AFC Championship Game, Welker has the chance for a big game against his previous employer.

Welker returned from a three-game absence with a concussion in the Division round against the Chargers, and he played well with six catches for 38 yards on nine targets. Only Demaryius Thomas (10 targets) got more attention from Peyton Manning, so Welker made his presence felt.

Welker was shut down in his first meeting against his former team with just four catches for 31 yards on eight targets, but he's been hard to stop at home this season. Including the playoffs, Welker now has double digits in Fantasy points in six of eight home games with his worst game in Week 11 against the Chiefs with eight catches for 72 yards.

The Patriots will likely again make an effort to take away Welker, but the Colts just had two receivers score double digits in Fantasy points last week against New England with LaVon Brazill and T.Y. Hilton. Welker's track record at home makes him a quality starting option in any Playoff Challenge leagues.


Wes Welker talks about new helmet


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2014) Broncos receiver Wes Welker said he's wearing a larger helmet for safety reasons. “I wouldn’t say it’s a concussion helmet,” he told the Denver Post. “It’s just the next size up. A few players in here wear one. It’s just something they had me wear for safety reasons.” 

Welker also wore a mouthpiece when he returned Sunday from a three-game absence following his second concussion this season. Experts say a mouthpiece can reduce the impact of a head blow, the report said.


Wes Welker wears extra-large helmet


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) Broncos receiver Wes Welker, who missed the final three regular-season games after suffering his second concussion this season, wore a noticeably larger helmet in the playoff win over the Chargers. Welker caught six passes for 38 yards and a touchdown but dropped two throws.

Welker suffered the concussions on Nov. 17 and Dec. 9. He'll face his former team, the Patriots, in next Sunday's AFC Championship Game.


Wes Welker returns with a touchdown, two drops


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) Broncos receiver Wes Welker, who had been out since suffering a concussion Week 14, returned for the playoff game against the Chargers and caught six passes for 38 yards and a touchdown. Welker scored on a 3-yard reception in the third quarter, his fifth career postseason score.

Targeted nine times, Welker dropped two passes, including a potential touchdown. He'll play his former team, the Patriots, in next Sunday's AFC Championship Game.


Wes Welker active as expected


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) Broncos receiver Wes Welker, who's been out since suffering a concussion Week 14, is active as expected for the playoff game against the Chargers. Welker, who was listed as probable, caught three passes for 21 yards in the Week 10 game at San Diego.

Nine of 10 injured Broncos probable for Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2014) The Broncos have placed 10 players on their injury report for their Sunday playoff game against San Diego, but all but defensive end Derek Wolfe (illness) are probable. Wolfe will not play.

The offensive probables include quarterback Peyton Manning (ankle) and wideout Wes Welker (concussion). The others are tight end Joel Dreessen (knee) and offensive linemen Steve Vallos (concussion), Chris Kuper (ankle) and tackle Winston Justice (finger).

The defensive probables are defensive backs Kayvon Webster (thumb), Champ Bailey (shoulder) and Duke Ihenacho (concussion).


Return of Wes Welker should help Broncos convert third downs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/9/2014) The return of premier possession receiver Wes Welker from a concussion has the Broncos hopeful they can re-emerge as boasting the best third-down offense in the NFL.

They ranked atop the league in that department until the departure of Welker, after which they converted just 18 of 48 third-down attempts. How badly was Welker missed?

"Big time," fellow wideout Eric Decker told the team website. "He's a guy that has done very well on third down and just any down it is. When you lose a weapon like that you have to fill the shoes and I don't think we as a team did a good enough job of having a successful first down, minimizing the third and longs and taking advantage of some of the opportunities we had."

The Broncos host San Diego in an AFC Semifinal on Sunday.


Wes Welker satisfied with down time after concussions


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/2/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker will have been sidelined from game action for five weeks when his team plays its AFC semifinal next weekend. His absense was due to two concussions sustained during a three-week period, but he believes that his wait to return has gone long enough. He is expected to play in that playoff game.

"Of course, you're always concerned any time you get a concussion," he told the Denver Post. "Really, I feel good. I think we've taken a lot more action than what we would have in the past with this whole ordeal."

Welker was enjoying another impressive season before losing time to the concussion. He had 73 catches for 778 yards and 10 touchdowns.


Wes Welker cleared for playoffs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/30/2013) Broncos receiver Wes Welker, who missed the last three games recovering from a concussion, has been cleared to play in the playoffs, reports the Denver Post. The Broncos are the AFC's top seed and won't play until Jan. 12.

Broncos list inactives for regular season finale


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) The Broncos have ruled Zac Dysert, C.J. Anderson, Kayvon Webster, Steve Vallos, Wes Welker, Derek Wolfe and Sione Fua inactive for Sunday's season finale against the Raiders in Week 17.

Wes Welker will not play against Raiders


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has been red-lighted for the regular season finale Sunday at Oakland, as expected. He had returned to practice, but the team did not want to chance another concussion or other injury with the playoffs on the horizon.

Wes Welker closing in on return?


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2013) The expectation that Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, who has missed the last two games, won't return from his concussion until the playoffs might prove inaccurate. He participated Thursday in his second straight practice.

His status for Sunday at Oakland will be clearer when the team releases its Friday injury report.