In wake of Welker, teams turning to tinier targets

In wake of New England's success with Wes Welker, many teams are featuring undersized WRs. That contrasts with recent NFL practice, Jeffri Chadiha writes.

Originally Published: October 22, 2008
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Stokley checked the text message on his cell phone in early May and immediately thought one thing: This is a first.

He had never met rookie wide receiver Eddie Royal, who recently had been selected by Denver in the second round of the NFL draft, and he didn't know how Royal had gotten his number. Even more surprising to Stokley was the request Royal had left that day. The first-year player wanted to connect with Stokley as soon as possible, ...

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