Originally posted on Dallas Cowboys And The NFL  |  Last updated 10/12/11
With 45 catches and 740 yards in his first five games, New England Patriots slot receiver Wes Welker is on pace for 144 receptions and 2,368 yards, which would eclipse league marks in those categories held by Marvin Harrison and Jerry Rice. Not bad for a kid who went undrafted in 2004 coming out of Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense at Texas Tech. Despite a stellar career for the Red Raiders, Welker had to prove himself all over again after signing a free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was a teammate of Welker’s with the Dolphins. After he retired following the 2004 season, Garrett got to witness Welker’s formative years as an assistant coach. “You’d watch Wes Welker in practice,” Garrett said, “and if you came from Mars and never saw football before, you’d say, ‘Wow, who is that guy?’ Because goes 100 miles per hour every minute of every day.” But Garrett said it would be wrong to color Welker as simply an undersized overachiever. “His success is not by
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