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Patriots show new playful side, while giving more of the same

by | CBSSports.com

Tom Brady is a frequent target of Wes Welker's humorous tweets. (US Presswire)  
Tom Brady is a frequent target of Wes Welker's humorous tweets. (US Presswire)  

INDIANAPOLIS -- Wes Welker exposed his personality to the world this past year via Twitter. Tweets and pictures from his new account showed off somebody with a sharp sense of humor. Suddenly, he was viewed as more than merely a player with more receptions than any other receiver since 2007 -- 554, to be exact, 80 more than second place.

Those gaudy numbers previously defined him, though, he believes most people were surprised to discover Welker's funny side.

"I was actually surprised that they were surprised," he said. "I thought I have said some funny things in the past, but apparently not funny enough or not often enough."

His tweeting dissipated lately and he doesn't plan to post any thoughts in 140 characters or fewer until after the Super Bowl, but word is officially out about his comedic styling.

"I think it is a shame that my funny personality has been in hiding so long," he said, dryly adding to the humor.

As for who on the Patriots feels the brunt of his teasing, his good friend and quarterback Tom Brady makes for the predictably easy target.

"Most of the time, it's just one-liners I say to him," Welker said. "He'll come in with his UGG boots and I'll say something like, 'Killer boots, man, those things are sweet.' I pretty much make fun of his life most of the time and just how terrible it is."

Ochocinco expletive

Chad Ochocinco has been one of the last Patriots remaining at the team's two full-squad media sessions. While all other players cleared the interview space, there he was, still surrounded by reporters. His story makes for intriguing headlines and Wednesday shifted to the concept of everyone owning an opinion as to why he has been relatively unused this season.

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"The New England Patriots is an elite organization where everything is in-house and always stays in-house," said Ochocinco, who caught 15 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown. "It's like Fort Knox. There are no leaks. There are no sources; there is no such thing. What the media, fans [say] is their public opinion on what they feel might be the problem. They don't know what's going on behind closed doors. Nobody does."

Despite all the issues and lack of playing time, Ochocinco left no doubt his opinion when asked if he hopes to be back to try again next year in Foxborough.

"You f---ing right," he said. "Can I curse?"

Belichick's roll continues

The fresh, jovial persona of Bill Belichick continued its unlikely emergence at Wednesday's press conference. He waited until the final question, but couldn't hide his true feelings when asked about criticism of the sloppy, lazy nature of the Pro Bowl.

He laughed and attempted to stop himself from airing his true feelings on the subject.

"What I'm going to say probably shouldn't be what I should say to that question, so I'm going to let it go," Belichick said. "What it was and what it is now, it's a lot different.

"I'll just take the Super Bowl questions from here on out."

Regretful Brady

Following the 23-20 victory against Baltimore in the AFC title game, Tom Brady said he "sucked" when reflecting on a day where he went 22 of 36 for 239 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

More than a week later, he would prefer to take those words back.

"I wish I didn't say it because I didn't want to take away from what the team had accomplished," Brady said. "And certainly we had accomplished a lot to get to this point in the season."

Daily Gronk

What would a day at the Super Bowl be without an update on tight end Rob Gronkoski's injured left ankle? Belichick kept the same approach he has been spewing all week.

"Rob is doing better," he said, "so we just have to see where is today ... we'll just have to take it day to day."

Gronkowski echoed Belichick's analysis and insists he notices the improvement.

"Every single day I'm improving," he said. "Feeling way better than it did a week ago. Feeling better than it was yesterday."

Let there be Light

Left tackle Matt Light missed media day with an illness. He returned to the Patriots media session on Wednesday and said his sickness is essentially behind him.

"I'm doing well," he said. "It's a good morning."

Whether genuine or not, he did play the egos of the media upon his return.

"I tell you what, I feel horrible about [missing Media Day]," Light said. "I do. And I love spending time with you guys. Not having the opportunity to be around so many of you in such a wonderful setting was very disheartening, but I'm pulling through."


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