Wes Welker jokes: 'It's nice to stick it in Bill's face'


New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker is known as one of the funniest guys on his team, although he rarely shows that humor in public. His sly takedown of Rex Ryan a few years back was a good example, although it got him in trouble with his boss Bill Belichick.

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Welker made another joke after New England's win Sunday over the Denver Broncos that could get Belichick's attention. Appearing on Comcast Sports New England after the game, Welker was asked if he enjoyed catching 13 passes in Week 5 against the Denver Broncos instead of when he caught three passes in Week 1 when his snaps were somewhat limited.

"Yeah it's kind of nice to stick it in Bill's face once in a while," Welker said. "So this is definitely a good one."

Welker said the comment with a smile and a wink, clearly joking. It's the type of quote that could get some run in the Boston press, but we think it's harmless. Welker likely is making fun of the overwrought storyline surrounding his playing time early in the season more than tweaking Belichick, who is well known to enjoy a sarcastic joke behind closed doors.

Don't expect Belichick to respond to this joke like he did Welker's foot routine a few years back.

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