Welker: Feels like '07 with receivers

The Patriots have one of the deepest wide receiver groups in all of football, with Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Deion Branch, Jabar Gaffney, Chad Ochocinco, Donte' Stallworth, Julian Edelman and Anthony Gonzalez among the headliners.

Welker, speaking on sports radio WEEI to promote his Old Spice football camp, was asked his thoughts on the club stocking up with so many pass-catchers.

"I think it's great. It's competition," Welker told hosts Mike Mutnansky and Lou Merloni. "It's no different from Coach Belichick's [philosophy] in the past, and that's to [sign] guys to help the football team win games. Whatever is best for the team, he's going to do. I think there are guys that can really help and contribute for us.

"When you look at the '07 season, we had people like Kelley Washington. Donte' Stallworth. Jabar Gaffney. We had Reche Caldwell going into that year. Randy [Moss]. We were stacked with some pretty good receivers going into that year, and I feel like it's the same type of deal, stacking up, and finding out who can really contribute and who can really help us this coming year."

In 2007, the Patriots' offense set NFL records, headlined by Tom Brady throwing 50 touchdown passes in the team's undefeated season. Moss, in his first New England season, had a record 23 touchdown receptions.

Patriots 2007 rececptions leaders:

Wes Welker -- 112

Randy Moss -- 98

Kevin Faulk -- 47

Donte' Stallworth -- 46

Jabar Gaffney - 36

Benjamin Watson -- 36