Watch: St. Louis Rams WR Wes Welker meets the media

New St. Louis Rams wide receiver Wes Welker met with the media on Tuesday following his first practice with the team.

ST. LOUIS — Wes Welker signed with the St. Louis Rams on Monday and the veteran wide receiver was out on the practice field less than 24 hours later with his new team. 

Afterward, Welker talked about why he wanted to continue his career.

“I just love playing,” Welker said. “I love playing ball. I feel like I can still play at a really high level. I kind of went into this offseason not knowing what I was going to do and started training and really saw that I still had it, so that made me just really want to play.”

Welker, 34, has had issues with concussions in the past but said Tuesday he’s not worried about that now.

“No, not at all,” Welker said. “I’ve been cleared by the doctors and everything else and obviously I’m not going to try and look for contact and everything like that, but I’m out thinking about it either. I’m out there playing hard and playing the way I need to play to be successful out there. If you start second-guessing yourself out there, that’s when you get in trouble. So I’m just going to go out there, play hard and play the way I play.”

The Rams (4-4) signed Welker after wide receiver Stedman Bailey was slapped with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. 

St. Louis has one of the worst passing offenses in the league this season and has particularly struggled to convert third downs. The hope is that Welker can help contribute with those two areas, something he’s had success with during his long and impressive career. 

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