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Saturday, August 27, 2011
Welker talks value & doubters

By Mike Reiss

In an interview with Mark Morgan of CBSSports.com, Patriots receiver Wes Welker shares how he perceives some in the NFL view him. While no receiver has caught more passes since 2007, Welker senses that he's not viewed among the game's elite in some circles.

"I still feel like there’s a lot of doubters that I can’t do a lot of things on the field and that my value isn’t as great as a lot of the other guys out there," Welker tells Morgan.

Few debate Welker's value to the Patriots' offense. He's been quarterback Tom Brady's security blanket.

But Welker tells Morgan that there is no doubt some people look at his production and still question him.

Perhaps Welker has his contract status on his mind, as he enters the final season of the five-year, $18.1 million deal he signed in 2007. In the interview, Welker expresses his desire to remain a Patriot, but shifts the focus to team goals.

"Right now, I’m focused on this year and focused on what we need to do as a team to get better," he says.