Of the many things that put Wes Welker among the best slot receivers in the game, the biggest has to be his ability to pop up after big hits and play through injuries.
The resilience is vital for any receiver, especially an undersized one like Welker, who has to take the fiercest hits over the middle from much bigger players if he wants a chance to produce.
Welker has been able to show his toughness even more this week as he continues to muscle through an ankle injury. His teammates have noticed.
“The dude is one of the toughest dudes I’ve seen,” tight end Rob Gronkowski said, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. “For his size, his body weight, what he does — he has no fear in him. He’s willing to take any kind of shot to make a catch and put his body in the way for the team.
“He’s a great player, a lot of toughness, and he’s a great team player because what he’s doing with his size, to put his body in the way to help out the team, is unbelievable.”
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