FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots receiver Wes Welker, who leads the NFL in receptions over the last four seasons with 432, has had a "real strong camp", according to director of player personnel Nick Caserio.
One of the big differences for Welker is that he is now 19 months removed from a torn ACL sustained Jan 3, 2010. At camp last year, he was still gaining a comfort level with the knee.
"He always competes, he always works hard, and it looks like his quickness level, he's regained some of that relative to where it was," Caserio said. "He looks confident. He sort of catches your eye a little bit."
As for the receiver group as a whole, Caserio was asked to evaluate what he's seen to this point.
He led off with Chad Ochocinco, who has been "getting up to speed" in the system and "things are starting to come together for him a little bit more." He then touched on Welker, and might have mistakenly overlooked Deion Branch before putting Julian Edelman, Taylor Price and Brandon Tate in the same category in terms of being at a "similar stage of development."