Brady touches on Welker's return

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady touched on receiver Wes Welker’s surprising return to the practice field, saying that Welker’s determination is hard to miss as he comes back from a torn ACL.

“He’s such a hard worker. Wes has a chip on his shoulder,” Brady said Friday night. “I think any time you are an undrafted free agent, and you get cut by a team like he did with San Diego [in 2004], you always kind of carry that with you.”

Brady was asked his impressions of what he’s seen at organized team activities this week.

“It’s a long process for all of us, like getting to know each other for the first time,” he answered. “It’s fun to be out there, to see all your teammates in really a competitive environment.”

Brady was speaking at the Best Buddies flag football game at Harvard Stadium. He is the honorary chair for the Best Buddies Challenge bicycle ride on Saturday and the flag football game was a new twist to lead in to the event. He was planning to ride in the Challenge, but will not after going through four straight practices.

“It’s a really great organization and they really understand what it means to give back,” he said. “I’m really honored to be a part of it. They work so hard over the year to put it together, so hopefully tomorrow it doesn’t rain too hard.”

Brady was joined at Friday night by teammates Tully Banta-Cain, Julian Edelman, Dan Koppen, Stephen Neal and Pierre Woods.