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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Rex Ryan: Glad Welker is gone

By Mike Reiss

PHOENIX -- Wes Welker's defection from New England to Denver is one of the big free-agent stories in the NFL this offseason, and so it was no surprise that it was a topic of dicussion at multiple tables at the AFC coaches breakfast Tuesday.

Thanks to NFC East reporter Dan Graziano, who was with Jets coach Rex Ryan, here are Ryan's thoughts:

"I'm glad Wes is not there. I'm not kidding. That guy was a pain in the tail. I hated Wes Welker. Just kidding. Kind of. I admire him. I'm a huge fan of Wes Welker's, but I'm glad he's gone.

"Now, they bring in a guy who's very similar, who went to the same school, a guy I know Wes Welker helped mentor. Will he have the same success as Wes Welker? We'll see. Wes Welker had historical success.

"He's unbelievable. Just a great route-runner. He doesn't run but maybe five routes, but you can't cover him. So talented, so tough, he's like a running back when he catches the football, and Brady and him were on the same page all the time.

"... I think Wes Welker's a better athlete than people give him credit for. I think he does things other people at that position don't do. I think that's a really underrated aspect of Wes Welker."