FOXBOROUGH -- Wes Welker is showing confidence in his ability as he participated in the morning session against the Saints.
Welker has been participating in drills with the Patriots, but to take hits against an opponent at this point in the season had to be a positive sign for the receiver, who had knee surgery in the offseason.
"I think we’re all pros out here," Welker said. "We know this is practice and we need to take care of each other but at the same time, you don’t know these guys. You don’t know if they’re going to try and thud you or if they’re clumsy or what’s going to happen but I wasn’t too worried about it."
As far as his progress, Welker said overall he feels like he is getting better at practice.
"Some days I do and some days I don’t," Welker said. "I think as long as I’m out here and am able to make those same movements, it helps in the long run."
Saints cornerback Randall Gay, who is a former Patriot, said Welker didn't look like he was hurting at all.
"It don't look like he hurt his knee. To me, covering him, it looks like he's back," Gay said.