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Wes Welker makes debut with St. Louis Rams

Wes Welker caught three passes in his St. Louis Rams debut on Sunday.

ST. LOUIS — Less than a week after signing as a free agent, veteran wide receiver Wes Welker was active for the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

Welker finished with three catches for 32 yards in a 37-13 loss to the visiting Chicago Bears at Edward Jones Dome. 

“It felt good,” Welker said of his first game since last season.” It felt good just kind of getting my feet wet a little bit and just going out there and playing and just trying to get accustomed to everything.” 

Welker established himself early as a third-down target for Rams quarterback Nick Foles, an area of concern for St. Louis this season. 

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“Wes is a pro,” Foles said. “I mean, he’s one of the craftiest receivers to ever play the game. So, I’m excited about what he can do. As he and I go week to week, it’s going to be fun just continuing to grow as quarterback and wide receiver.”

Foles overthrew an open Welker on a third-down target on the Rams’ second series. The quarterback went back to his new wide receiver on the next possession, but Welker was stopped for a 6-yard gain on a third-and-7 situation. Foles also misfired on a third-down attempt targeted at Welker in the second quarter. 

Asked if he was happy with how he played, Welker said "it was OK."

“Obviously I want to get my depth on that third down and make sure I get the first down,” he said. “It’s a tough situation but at the same time you still have to make those plays for the team. Other than that, I think it’s just part of me and Nick getting on the same page on a lot of those and that will come with time and us talking through things. Obviously it was a tough game for us, but we just have to bounce back from it and get ready for next week.”

Welker didn’t have much time to get ready for Sunday’s game.

He worked out and then signed with the Rams on Monday, after wide receiver Stedman Bailey was suspended for four games for violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Welker then practiced on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. 

“I think when you’ve been doing it this long and understand everything, nothing’s changed, it’s still football,” he said. “All this stuff is stuff I’ve seen a lot of times and just going out there and trying to be on the same page with everyone else.”

Welker will have more opportunities to do that this week in practice in advance of next week’s road game against the Baltimore Ravens

Still, he was able to contribute in his debut with his new team, even if he wasn’t able to make a difference in the outcome. 

“It was good to get out there and play,” Welker said. “I missed it. That part of it was great.”

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