The Ravens had an interesting visitor this week during OTA’s – Wes Welker the former Patriots great. But if one Raven destined for the Hall of Fame was still present, the visit may not have happened. Press play or read the transcript below for more…
A Raven For a Day
The Ravens invite to Wes Welker to be a guest coach during recent OTA’s is interesting on multiple levels.
On the surface having Welker on hand to coach the young receivers seems like a stroke of genius. Who better than the former Patriot and Bronco to teach aspiring receivers the finer nuances of the position? There are few if any players who can make the case of getting the most out of their physical skills than Welker.
And let’s not forget, for several seasons the Ravens have tried to develop their own version of Welker, a player who could work the soft spots in zones, read coverages, pick up YAC and move the chains. That’s why they gave Brandon Stokley a second tour in Baltimore. That’s why they gave serious consideration to signing Julian Edelman and that’s why they moved back into the 2014 NFL Draft to pick Michael Campanaro.
But Campanaro, as he so often is, was sidelined during Welker’s coaching stint at Ravens headquarters with another nagging injury (pull calf muscle). The biggest threat to Campanaro’s job is Keenan Reynolds who was on hand and soaking up the wisdom of Tom Brady’s most prolific battery mate.
But back to Welker, it wasn’t that long ago…January 2013 to be exact, when Welker’s wife Anna Burns Welker, the former Hooters starlet, who went off on Ray Lewis via Facebook after the Patriots fell to the Ravens in the 2012 AFC Championship Game.
She wrote: “Proud of my husband and the Pats. By the way, if anyone is bored please go to Ray Lewis’ Wikipedia page. 6 kids 4 wives. Acquitted for murder. Paid a family off. Yay. What a hall of fame player! A true role model!”
Ray Lewis has never been married nor was he acquitted and he didn’t have to financially support the families of the murder victims. But hey, no one said you had to be the sharpest tool in the shed to work at Hooters. But hey, why let facts get in the way of a losing player’s whiny wife’s call for a Wambulance.
But I digress…
Time has a way of healing things, but you have to wonder if Ray Lewis were still in the mix, would Welker have been invited to Owings Mills?
Maybe, but Anna would have had to serve Hooters wings to all OTA participants.