Broccoli not the key for Welker

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots receiver Wes Welker is off to a sizzling start to the season (40 catches, 616 yards, 5 TDs), leading some to ask the question: "How is Welker different from 2010?"

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked that question Friday, and he had some fun with it.

"I don’t think he’s running routes differently or eating more broccoli or anything," Belichick said.

Now that the broccoli has been ruled out ...

On a more serious note, Belichick noted the obvious -- Welker is further along physically than he was at this point last year, when he was nine months removed from ACL surgery. Belichick said he also had a "real good" training camp.

At the same time, Belichick noted that it's not exactly a newsflash Welker is catching a lot of passes.

"He’s been really productive for us throughout the course of several of the past seasons, so it’s not really a surprise that he’s having production," he said. "Sometimes guys get more balls than others, it just works out that way – the pattern, the coverage, sometimes it just happens to go that way. I don’t think it’s anything that’s been planned. ... I think some of that, it just kind of happens."