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Patrick Kiernan, Baltimore
Your story praising bigger receivers as the next revolution (Wideouts Gone Wild, Sept. 7) made me respect Steve Smith even more. The 5'9" Panthers receiver led the league in yards per game and catches of more than 20 yards last year, and he was in the top three in total yards. He did this despite missing the first two games and playing with a quarterback, Jake Delhomme, who did not merit mention in any of the 10 categories in Peter King's poll. Perhaps stories like yours are why Smith continues to play as if he has something to prove.
Your wideouts story had only a brief mention of the Patriots' Wes Welker, in a quote from Colts president Bill Polian—and that was Polian declaring that smaller receivers are an endangered species. All the 5'9" Welker has done the past two years is keep his mouth shut, work hard and lead the NFL with 223 catches. Andre Johnson? Calvin Johnson? Chad Ochocinco? I wouldn't take any of them over Welker.
Jim Evans, San Antonio
So the Eagles add Jason Peters, Stacy Andrews, Leonard Weaver, Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy and Michael Vick to their offense, and you think they're going to be worse than last year (Scouting Reports, Sept. 7)? The Iggles will be flying in 2009.
Chris Conyers, Naples, Fla.