- Field Yates, ESPN Insider
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots head coach Bill Belichick talked during his Friday press conference about the unique ability of Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey to cover wide receivers of all sizes, speeds and skill sets.
Though Bailey often draws big perimeter receivers, he may be lined up opposite Wes Welker this weekend, who has a history of working well from the slot.
Welker knows going up against Bailey is always a challenge.
"He's just a great ball player. I think he just gets out of bed and he's just great," Welker said on Friday. "He's very patient, and does a good job getting his hands on you and plays realy well. Smart guy, instincts, all those things. It's why he's stayed around so long."
He says Bailey is also capable of mixing up the way he covers an opposing receiver.
"He's got great instincts, and he changes things up quite a bit, and does a great job," said Welker.
The veteran receiver says precision is key in order to get open against Bailey.
"You have to be very precise, and keep him on his toes, and make sure that you're really mixing it up on him and being physical," he continued. "And doing things necessary to try and get open."
In two games last season against Denver, the Patriots totaled over 40 points in each contest. Welker says the key for those games holds true this Sunday: execution.
"We played well. I think that's what it comes down to, us going out there and playing well," Welker said. "Playing to our capabilities and going out there and executing the way we need to. We're going to have to do it again this Sunday."