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October 14, 2011

Rob Ryan offers his thoughts about another receiver -- Wes Welker

Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan talked about Patriots receiver Wes Welker on Friday, although he joked that maybe he shouldn’t.

 “I’m afraid to comment on wideouts,” he said, joking with reporters in his weekly media session at Valley Ranch. “Apparently, I don’t know anything.”

Ryan might still be smarting from the reaction to  his quote two weeks ago when he said Miles Austin and Dez Bryant are better receivers than Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions.

Johnson caught two second-half touchdown passes for the Lions in their comeback victory against the Cowboys. Bryant also caught two touchdowns, but he was shut out in the second half, and Austin didn’t play because of injury.

After the game, Lions coach Jim Schwartz started his press conference by saying he was thankful his team had the third-best receiver in the game on its side.

“I’m taking a beating for that,” Ryan said.

Said Ryan, “I’m not going to compare anybody anymore, even though Dez Bryant did catch two TD passes, same as the other guy. But I’ve given that up.”

So, about Welker?

“All I know is this guy is great,” Ryan said. “He catches every pass. He’s leading the league in yardage, catches. He’s great in the red zone. He’s a great competitor. So I’ll leave it at that. I don’t know where he places anywhere else. I know one thing: He’s damn good, and he gets a million throws from Brady.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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