Yesterday, the Broncos newest wide receiver Wes Welker was named captain by his teammates. With Ryan Clady placed on the injured reserve list and out for the entire 2013 season, the Denver Broncos were in need of a replacement offensive captain.
“I think it’s one of the greatest honors you can have on a football team," Welker said. "I’m honored to have it and hopefully represent it well and just try to help lead these guys by example and go out there and play hard and help them win games.”
In his six years as a member of the New England Patriots, Welker was never voted as team captain. In his first year as a Bronco, Welker has led by example and earned instant respect from his teammates. Through only two games, Welker has caught 12 passes for 106 yards and three touchdowns. He joins quarterback Peyton Manning as captain of the Denver offense.
On the defensive side of the team, cornerback and co-captain of the Broncos defense, Champ Bailey, practiced in full pads yesterday. Bailey sprained his foot in the Aug. 17 preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks and has not played since. His status for Monday night’s game against Oakland has not yet been made available. Despite Bailey’s absence, the Denver secondary has played very well without him; snagging five interceptions in two games.
The Broncos best blocking tight end, Joel Dreessen, also returned to practice yesterday. Dreessen has been held out since early August since undergoing am arthroscopic knee surgery.