Wes Welker is ready for the opener but he's also been through enough to know that he won't be able to just flip a switch and become the guy who caught 123 games, despite missing two games and most of another, last year. This part will be a process too, in returning to that kind of form.
"I still feel like I’m a long ways off from that personally," Welker said in a quiet moment away from the masses in the post-game locker room. "People say it looks the same. I don’t feel the same. So I’m not gonna put a number on myself.
"My deal is going out there and playing as hard as I can every single play, and just trying to do my job. Whatever it is at the end is what it is, and we’re gonna just go out and try to win games."