The Ravens drafted Michael Campanaro with the intention of being their own version of Julian Edelman. But Edelman's predecessor in New England is the one who came to give the Ravens slot receivers a helping hand in camp.
Former NFL slot receiver Wes Welker came to Ravens minicamp on Thursday and Friday to serve as a guest coach for the team. Coach John Harbaugh reached out to Welker, who is taking steps to become a coach despite the fact that he has not officially announced retirement.
Welker had quite the career over the last 12 seasons, catching 904 passes for 9,924 yards and 50 touchdowns, good for 47th in career receiving yards and 20th all-time in receptions. Welker also made five Pro Bowls, four All-Pros (two 1st team, two 2nd team), led the NFL in receptions in 2007, 2009, and 2011, has the most receptions of any undrafted free agent in NFL history, and is the New England Patriots' all-time leading receiver. In short, he's a good guy to coach the Raven receivers, especially Michael Campanaro and Keenan Reynolds, who are competing to be the teams slot receiver.
For years Wes Welker was the enemy for the Baltimore Ravens. But for two days' time, Welker decided to help the Ravens instead of hurt them.