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Old 04-19-2006, 12:59 AM   #1
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Going One on One with "Big Wes"

By 24CHAMPBAILEY

I was fortunate enough to ask Wesley Duke some questions through a freind of mine who gave Wesley's email address to me. This guy knows what he has to do to make it big and has his heart set on being a contributor for the Denver Broncos. It started off with Wesley Duke who became a star at Mercer U. where he racked up 11 1/2 points 7 rebounds and 1 1/2 blocks per game. Wesley Duke saw Antonio Gates become a star and thought that he could do the same. He passed up thousands of dollars to play basketball in Europe and fielded a call to the Atlanta Falcons who did not return the call. Luckily the Giants became interested in Wesley and set up a pro day. Six teams brought representatives to see Wesley and were blown away by Wesley Duke's score of 30 on the wonderlic test.

Big Wes studying on some plays in Europe.

The Broncos were also impressed by Wesley and brought him in for a private workout and liked what they saw. Denver at the time was stocked with TE's with the signing of Stephen Alexander and matched an offer sheet to Jeb Putzier. Not to mention Nate Jackson was converted to TE from WR and Patrick Hape was still on the team. Wesley beat out Patrick Hape on the 53 man roster before the 2005-06 season started. Later on as the season progressed Wesley caught his first TD dubbed the "Power Layup". Now that you know a little bit about Wesley Duke, I asked him some questions.

24: First off Wes, The hot rumor I am hearing that the broncos could be trading some draft picks and Lelie to the 49ers for the 6th overall pick? Seems like they are targeting Vernon Davis, your thoughts?

Big Wes: I don't know I have no control over that. If he will help us win I'm all for it.

24: Personally I think the the two tight end set would be awesome with you two as the tight ends.

Big Wes: Yeah I like the two tight end set but again i don't know anything about Vernon I know we do get a lot of guys from Maryland. We will just have to wait and see.

24: Interesting you bring up guys from Maryland. Dominique Foxworth went there and found out from a freind that his nickname is 'nique. So what is your nickname?

Big Wes: you can call me Big Wes or Duke.

24: Is there anything new that you have learned today footballwise?

Big Wes: Today I just spent a lot of time studying and practicing for each game.

24: Since you played basketball, who should be the MVP in the NBA?

Big Wes: I don't know i haven't been able to keep up with the NBA over here for me it is all football all the time.



Big Wes hanging out


24: Do you talk to Shannahan/Brewster while your in Europe?

Big Wes: I talk to coach Brewster from time to time but it is crazy cause we are 8hrs ahead so I have to try and find him and he has to try and catch me between meetings and practice and sleep.

24: Have you met or talked with the new Assistant Head coach Mike Heimerdinger? Your thoughts on him and how he could help you?

Big Wes: No, I have heard about him and I think it will be good for me he likes getting the tight end the ball so I'm looking forward to meeting and working with him.


24: I once read somewhere that in high school you won the prestigous Atlanta Journal Cup Award, could you explain what that award is?

Big Wes: It is given to the best all around Senior at each school in Atlanta. I was really proud to have won that.

24: Have you talked to Jake Plummer or any other Bronco about the upcoming season?


Big Wes: No I haven't talked to any one but I can't wait to get back and share my stores and hangout with the fellas.

24: Finally what are your summer plans Wes?

Big Wes: Just want to keep improving and be prepared for the season so I can establish myself as one of the tight ends in the league.

Thank you Wesley for your time and good luck.

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Old 04-19-2006, 01:16 AM   #2
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Good job 24champbailey. Big Wes is an awfully nice guy to take time to send you pictures and answer your questions. That's cool.
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Old 04-19-2006, 01:18 AM   #3
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Wow...excellent stuff 24champbailey.

Thanks for sharing dude...im glad Wes is working hard over there in Europe.



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Old 04-19-2006, 01:20 AM   #4
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Yep, Thanks for the that! Lets hope he can excel in the Broncos offense.
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Old 04-19-2006, 01:32 AM   #5
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Thanks guys, I really tried to get his thoughts on the draft but he is very professional about things and from what I gather he is very focused on the upcoming season. He really wants to help the team.
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Old 04-19-2006, 01:34 AM   #6
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He's honing his skills. For all my posturing for VD, I haven't forgotten this kid, he's got alot of potential. He's just so raw yet.
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Old 04-19-2006, 01:40 AM   #7
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He's honing his skills. For all my posturing for VD, I haven't forgotten this kid, he's got alot of potential. He's just so raw yet.
I agree with you mock. I may be over exagerrating here but think of a two TE set of Antonio Gates and Shannon Sharpe? Who needs recievers when we have that combo.

BTW I did send him a link of this site, so he may be lurking......
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Old 04-19-2006, 01:49 AM   #8
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Beezlebub is wearing me out with this string and he's doing all the work. He has a dozen strings somewhere, it's his "stash" I guess. Been rainy so he's got cabin fever after the soft winter.

Anyway, I have repeatedly said the the way to beat the 3-4 is to go double TE one back, two WR.

Then you move the TE out and drag some LB out there, you have an instant mismatch.
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Old 04-19-2006, 02:18 AM   #9
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Because Wesley is a student of the game I am willing to believe good things about him but because he's got such a long way to go I'm not willing to believe he can start AND star in this league anytime soon. I cannot imagine two "rookies" as starters at TE and scaring anybody. It still will come down to execution and running the ball.

I like this kid.
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Old 04-19-2006, 02:34 AM   #10
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The Mane is awesome! Those were some great questions, 24! So many cool things. So it's Big Wes. I reserve "the Duke" for Elway. The only thing I would've asked him additionally is if it's harder trying to catch passes from Brock Berlin.

Let's hope that he can really step it up this year and get some playing time.

And let's hope you get more players' E-mail adresses and do more interviews!
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Old 04-19-2006, 06:26 AM   #11
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Great job 24. Thanks from all of us.
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Old 04-19-2006, 06:33 AM   #12
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Where was he when you talked to him?
Nice job.
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Old 04-19-2006, 08:08 AM   #13
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Awesome, I'm loving these Maner exclusives!
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Great job. It's nice to see Wes is workin' real hard.
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Old 04-19-2006, 04:22 PM   #15
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Where was he when you talked to him?
Nice job.
He is currently in Hamburg, Germany. Unfortunately he is NOT having fun and cant wait to get home.
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Old 04-19-2006, 04:37 PM   #16
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someone break the news to him that Elway's called The Duke....(gently)
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so whatever happened to this "STUD" everyone was slobbering all over..
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so whatever happened to this "STUD" everyone was slobbering all over..
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so whatever happened to this "STUD" everyone was slobbering all over..
He works for Swift trucking co
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is he dead or flipping burgers somewhere?
It was more a symbolism of you digging up a corpse since it's a 6 year old thread, lol.
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It was more a symbolism of you digging up a corpse since it's a 6 year old thread, lol.
not quite 6 but.

close it was bookmarked and I remember all the folks slobbering over "the" next great TE..

thought I'd poke a hornests nest..
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not quite 6 but.

close it was bookmarked and I remember all the folks slobbering over "the" next great TE..

thought I'd poke a hornests nest..
That sounds you hear isn't hornets. It's a collective yawn.
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Who does this? Have you nothing better to do?
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so whatever happened to this "STUD" everyone was slobbering all over..
Considering this thread never made it to a 2nd page.........who is the 'everyone' you're talking about?
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