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Ex-Patriot Wes Welker thinks Tom Brady can play at a high level into his 40s

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Ex-Patriot receiver Wes Welker was back in New England Friday night, but not for anything relating to his former football team. The Denver Broncos receiver was back in town to attend a meet and greet event with hair replacement surgeon Dr. Robert Leonard at Jerry Remy's on Boylston Street. Welker attended the event as a former patient of Dr. Leonard's. But while at the event, his former quarterback Tom Brady became the center of discussion.

If anyone knows the playing ability of Brady, it is Wes Welker. The two dominated on the field for many seasons with Welker being Brady's primary target. Although Welker has moved on to play with another prolific quarterback, he doesn't see any decline in Brady's game or ability to be a top quarterback for years to come. As the 36-year-old quarterback has been the topic of discussion as far as a possible decline, Welker doesn't see that happening anytime soon. He believes Brady can play at a high level well into his 40s.

"If anybody can do it, it's Tom," Welker said. "I mean, he puts the time in, not only physically and mentally and everything else, but the way he eats, the way he sleeps, the way he does everything. He does it so he can play for a very long time. I think what he did in his 20s and 30s are going to carry on into his 40s. The amount of work that he puts into it, I think it's pretty obvious that he's going to get that back out of it in his later years."

Brady certainly has the motivation to prove the critics wrong. It is something he has had to do for most of his career. Any decline in play statistically has to do with the players he had around him last season. Without Welker and without tight end Rob Gronkowski most of the season, Brady was often frustrated while trying to be patient with his young receivers as they learned the playbook and formed chemistry.

Now that Welker has played a season with future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, he is often asked to draw comparisons. He wouldn't give either quarterback the upper hand and focused on drawing comparisons between the two. He said, "They're both very on top of what they need to do. They're both very competitive and want to go out there and be the best. The way they hold guys accountable and the way they go about their business, it's pretty easy to see why they're the best at what they do."

Both Brady and Manning are expected to be battling once again for the AFC throne. Brady should have more success this season with a healthy Gronkowski and receivers who are a year more experienced. The team also added receiver Brandon LaFell to give Brady another target. If the offense doesn't click right away, at least the team has a defense that can keep the team in games. The Patriots overall have improved, but so have the Broncos. Wes Welker is certainly happy with the moves his team has made as they try to avenge an embarrassing Super Bowl defeat at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks.