Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 6/10/13

Wes Welker feels free to ‘just be himself’ these days after spending five years with a gag order in hand in New England. Welker was one of the more colorful Patriots, always having a quick witted line to utter, but under Bill Belichick talking too much is a detriment to the team. Welker showed off his sense of humor before the 2010 divisional playoff against the New York Jets when he made fun of their coach Rex Ryan and his foot fetish. The hooded one didn’t find Welker’s stand up routine to the media funny and benched him for the opening series of the playoff game. That’s the New England way, stay quiet and do your job, but it does wear on players after a while. So, when Welker arrived in Denver he was pleasantly surprised when told to ‘Just be yourself.’ "I feel like I can be myself a little more for sure," Welker said, via Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports. "Here? No. … All they told me was, 'Just be yourself.' " "Wherever you can pull any sort of motivation that you need to use to go out there and play the way you need to play, I say use it," Welker said in response to a question about whether he hoped to prove his success wasn't merely a product of the Patriots' system. "So whatever it is, then yeah, I'll definitely pull from wherever I can."

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