FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Wes Welker won’t be boosting his numbers as the NFL’s leading receiver this weekend. He doesn’t expect to wear himself out celebrating his success.

Welker is heading home to Oklahoma City during the New England Patriots bye week — not Cancun, Panama City or Jamaica.

“It’s not like spring break like we were in college,” Welker said with a smile Wednesday before taking five days off from the constant grind of meetings, film study and practices.

He still plans to work out while he’s gone. But it’s also a time to rest and catch up on sleep. He might not even be glued to his television for Sunday’s games.

“I’ll watch them and kind of just relax,” he said, “but if I have something I have to do it’s not like I’m TiVo-ing it or anything like that. If it’s on, then I’ll watch it. If not, then I don’t.”

For a change, viewers won’t have any new Welker highlights to see. There have been plenty this year — pass plays covering 99 and 73 yards, six touchdowns — as he has surged to the top of the league lists with 51 catches for 785 yards.

That’s helped the Patriots build the AFC’s best record, 5-1. Their offense has been rolling all season with the most overall yards and yards passing in the league. But the defense has allowed the most yards in both those categories.

“It’s nice to be in the position we’re in,” Welker said, but “we’re still a long ways off of where we need to be.”


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