Jadeveon Clowney, Tom Brady, Wes Welker
The good news for Wes Welker is that he has played in three Super Bowls, far more than the vast majority of other current and former NFL players.
The bad news is that the five-time Pro Bowl receiver has yet to experience a Super Bowl victory, losing twice with the New England Patriots and once last February with the Denver Broncos.
“I think it’s kind of the one thing that’s out there for me,” Welker was quoted as saying in the Denver Post. “It’s what pushes me, it’s what motivates me. We have a great opportunity, and we want to make the most of it.”
FOR TOM BRADY, WINS ARE ONLY STAT THAT MATTERS
Don’t talk with Tom Brady about individual numbers, even though the ones he has produced during his stellar career with the Patriots have been among the very best in league history.
As far as Brady is concerned, they are irrelevant to the masses responsible for making the quarterback and everyone and everything else about the NFL relevant.
All that matters to those people is what matters most to Brady: winning.
“I think that people pay to watch the games on TV because there’s a scoreboard,” Brady was quoted as saying on CSNNE.com. “I mean, I think that’s what it’s all about. If there were no scoreboard, then people wouldn’t tune in and watch. There’s only one stat that matters. The competition in the NFL is very high, extremely high on a daily basis. Some individuals compete against other guys and some compete against themselves so even if you don’t have someone you’re competing against, if you’re competing against yourself, you’re always going to get better because there’s always competition.
“You can’t sit here and compare one year to another year or compare this player to that player. Winning games is the most important thing certainly for this organization and when you come here you learn that pretty quickly. Whatever matters to you as an individual it’s far distant from what the team goals are. And the team goal is one thing: to score more points than the other team.”
TEXANS COACH SAYS JADEVEON CLOWNEY PUTTING IN ‘EXTRA TIME’
Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien has admired the work ethic that Jadeveon Clowney, the top overall pick of the draft, has displayed during offseason workouts.
O’Brien is particularly impressed with the effort that Clowney, under the tutelage of linebackers coach Mike Vrabel and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, has put forth in adjusting from defensive end to outside linebacker.
The process includes extended sessions in the training room, where Clowney is working to improve his flexibility, as well as on the practice field.
“He’s really worked hard,” O’Brien was quoted as saying in the Houston Chronicle. “He’s a guy that’s come in here and really put in extra time so far and he needs to keep doing it. I think we’re on the right track (with Clowney) and I think the whole linebacker position is on the right track.”
ANDREW LUCK: REGGIE WAYNE A ‘FREAK’ IN RECOVERY FROM TORN ACL
Although Reggie Wayne has been held out of the Indianapolis Colts’ OTAs as he recovers from the torn ACL he suffered eight months coach, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is convinced the veteran wide receiver will be fully ready to go when the season begins.
“His attitude is awesome,” Luck was quoted as saying on ESPN.com. “He’s around, he’s coaching, he’s talking football. I feel like I know Reggie.
“He’s going to be back better than ever doing things that the 35-plus years olds shouldn’t be allowed to do on this earth. He’s a freak.”>>Be sure to tune in Monday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET, for “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford” on ESPN 850 WKNR or catch the live stream right here on ClevelandBrowns.com. We take your questions at 216-578-0850 and via Twitter @Browns_Daily.