Welker: Broncos encouraging me to be myself

Wes Welker finally able to be himself as member of the Denver Broncos

Unlike the conversations he had with reporters during his six-year stint with the New England Patriots – whose coach, Bill Belichick, scrutinizes his players’ public comments with NSA-like zeal – Welker felt no urgency to walk the line between bland and unrevealing.

“I feel like I can be myself a little more for sure,” said Welker, who signed a two-year, $12-million deal with the Broncos on March 13, a day after becoming an unrestricted free agent. Asked if he’d received any pre-interview lectures about what subjects to avoid, Welker laughed and said, “Here? No. … All they told me was, ‘Just be yourself.’ “

Not sure if Johns Elway and Fox have ever been described as touchy-feely, but relative to Bill Belichick, who isn't? We'll see if it helps translate into a ring in Denver, which of course, would be Welker's first.

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