Optimistic Welker chats about Pats

Receiver Wes Welker appeared to lose cell phone reception during his radio interview with Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti on the “Felger & Mazz Show” on 98.5 The Sports Hub today, but in the short time he was on the air he expressed optimism with his rehabilitation.

“It’s going really well,” Welker said in an appearance in which he was promoting his football camp later this month. “Really just plugging along, working hard every day, and that’s my plan -- just getting up in the morning, putting my game face on, and working hard, and trying to get ready as soon as possible.”

Welker did not put a timetable on his potential return.

“The season is still pretty far away, and we have some time, so I’m just going to continue to work hard and do the best I can to get back on the field as soon as I can,” he said. “I’m not going to try to push it before it’s ready.”

Welker was asked if he agreed with Tom Brady’s remarks that the team was not mentally tough in 2009.

“Yeah, I do agree with him,” Welker said. “There were some areas where we lacked that. There is not a whole lot of Rodney Harrisons and Mike Vrabels and Tedy Bruschis of the world. We have to do our best to try to replace guys like that that bring a lot of mental toughness to the team. I think the coaches have really tried to address that. I know it’s something Coach Belichick preaches every year. So we have to make sure guys are setting good examples and kind of channeling that down to younger guys and making sure we’re on the same page and working hard together and playing together and being mentally tough together.”