By Adam Spolane

Late Monday afternoon, the Texans announced the addition of Wes Welker to Bill O’Brien’s coaching staff. A few hours later at Opening Night of Super Bowl LI from Minute Maid Park, some of his old New England Patriot teammates said they loved the hire.

“I think he’ll be a great coach,” Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman said. “The guy knows football very well, he’s a football guy.”

Welker, 35, was named to five Pro Bowls in six seasons with the Patriots. He led the NFL in receptions three times and played in two Super Bowls.

“He’s gonna be a great coach,” Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater, who played five seasons with Welker said. “I guarantee you that he will outwork everybody he can, he’ll do everything he can to ensure that the men around him are doing things at a high level.”

Edelman played with Welker his first four seasons in the NFL, and says he learned a lot from him.

“Route technique, how you prepare, I mean, the guy knew the system inside and out and to this day I still think no one runs an option route like him.”

Welker didn’t play this season after playing eight games with St. Louis in 2015, and while Slater wasn’t sure he’d go into coaching, he’s not surprised that he went that route.

“I knew he had the mental capacity, the football IQ to do it,” he said. “(The Texans) are very lucky to have him, Bill O’Brien knows what he’s doing.”


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