Welker: After '07, nothing taken for granted

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Patriots players were in today for meetings, and receiver Wes Welker stopped by the media workroom to answer questions. One theme that stood out was Welker’s quest for a Super Bowl championship, which has eluded him to this point of his career.

"After that ’07 year, I thought we’d be going to the Super Bowl just about every year," he said. "That’s just not the way it works. It’s hard to get to a position like this. You definitely have to take full advantage of this and not take it for granted."

The Patriots were 16-0 in the regular season in 2007, but were upset by the Giants in the Super Bowl to spoil what would have been a perfect season.

Welker, who planned to get a head start today on preparations for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Ravens, didn’t play in the wild-card loss to Baltimore following the 2009 season. He watched from the owners’ booth, one week after tearing his ACL in Houston.

"It’s always tough when your team is out there playing and you’re not able to, especially in the playoffs,” he recalled. “I had such a good year that year, and wanting to be out there to help my team, I’m just glad it’s behind me. I’m glad it’s over and I’m glad I’m in the position I’m in to be able to play in this game and hopefully make the most of my opportunity."

Welker described the Ravens’ style of defense as attacking and physical, a unit filled with "a lot of great players and playmakers."

"They’re a great team, they wouldn’t be in this spot if they weren’t," he said. "They do some great things out there. Their defense causes a lot of turnovers. They run to the football, they tackle well, they cover well, they rush well. We definitely have our hands full with these guys."