“He did well,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. “I mean, like I said yesterday, he’s in great shape and he’s moving around good. He’s been here for 24 hours now. He’s been in the building all day today and learning as much offense as he can. So, we talked yesterday about gosh if we can get a package together and get you to a point where we can get you on the field, we will. If not, we’ll wait a week. So, we’ll just kind of wait and see.”
It’s possible, though probably not likely, Welker could make his 2015 season debut on Sunday as the Rams (4-4) host the Chicago Bears (3-5) at Edward Jones Dome. He’ll have a lot of work to do to learn as much of the offense as he can over the next few days with just three practice sessions — Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday — throughout a normal week.
Fisher noted that it’s just a matter of Welker and quarterback Nick Foles getting on the same page in a short period of time. The two spent some extra time together on the field at the conclusion of Tuesday’s practice.
The Rams had five wide receivers active in Sunday’s 21-18 overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings — Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt, Stedman Bailey, Brian Quick and Bradley Marquez — and could have five active again this Sunday, with Welker taking Bailey’s place when he serves his four-game suspension.
“Yeah, you don’t come in say, ‘Hey, unless you learn the whole offense, you’re not going to play,’” Fisher said. “Because we package. We package things for most everybody. So, we’ll have a package for him and we’ll just see how comfortable he is. But, I mean, he got some good work out here today.”
With the Rams having one of the worst passing offenses in the NFL this season, they are hoping that Welker can help make an impact.
“He’s going to get open,” Fisher said. “He’s going to make the catch. He’s going to get the first down. He’s going to get down, get up and we’ll keep the chains moving. That’s kind of what we’re looking for. I think he’ll help Tavon (Austin) a little bit. Now you’ve got … if he’s able to play, which we’re hopeful that he is, now you have 11 running around there. We all know if he (Austin) gets the ball in his hands, he can go the distance. Now, you have another guy that you’ve got to contend with that’s going to get you the first down.”