Rob Ryan: Wes Welker 'damn good'

October, 14, 2011
10/14/11
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IRVING, Texas – For the second consecutive game, the Cowboys are preparing to play a wide receiver on pace to break major NFL records.

So, what does Rob Ryan think of New England’s Wes Welker?

“I’m afraid to comment on wideouts. Apparently, I don’t know anything,” Ryan said, a sarcastic reference to the criticism that came his way for claiming that the Cowboys had two receivers better than Detroit’s Calvin Johnson. “All I know this guy is great. He catches every pass there is. He’s leading the league in yardage, catches, he’s great in the red zone, he’s a great competitor. I’ll leave it at that.

“I know one thing, he’s damn good and he gets a million throws from Brady.”

With 45 receptions for 740 yards in five games, Welker is on pace to break the league’s record for catches and receiving yards in a season.

Johnson is on pace to shatter the touchdowns record with nine so far this season, including a couple in the fourth quarter of the Lions’ comeback win over the Cowboys.

Of course, Ryan noted that Dez Bryant also caught two touchdowns in that game, so he’s not backing down from his statement. He’s just more concerned with figuring out a way to slow down Welker and the Patriots’ other playmakers.

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