Welker On The Mend

Wes Welker has always been a considerate person. That was evident when he spent time with kids at a recent football camp. It's not what Welker said about the camp that drew our interest, it was his comment about the injury which kept him out of minicamp practice.

Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker attended the Adrian Peterson football camp for kids in his native state of Oklahoma this weekend. Welker and former Heritage Hall alums helped over 100 kids participate in the football camp named in honor of the Vikings running back .

When asked about his offseason, Welker chose not to dwell on the Super Bowl loss to the Giants, preferring to talk about giving back to the kids. The former Texas Tech star admitted he was getting back into the swing of things despite missing some time in minicamp due to an undisclosed injury

"I feel great," Welker told The Oklahoman. "It's nothing to worry about."

Welker joined the Patriots via pre-Draft trade between the Dolphins and the Patriots. He caught 112 passes for 1,175 yards and eight touchdowns, setting a franchise best for most receptions in a season. His 112 catches tied for the league lead with Cincinnati's T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

Having recently attended a BMX event in New York, Welker has been busy this offseason. Widely considered the best slot receiver in the NFL, the Red Raider expects better things in 2008.

"We are certainly going to try and bounce back," he said of getting back to the playoffs this season.


Former Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson, center, now with the Minnesota Vikings, greets participants of his football camp in Norman, Okla., Friday, June 27, 2008. (AP Photo)

Peterson was a running back for Oklahoma in college. Together Welker, Peterson and a number of other Heritage Hall alums taught the attendees the basics of football among other skills.


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