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The Rookies

The Bills have two significant injuries at the moment -- cornerback Terrence McGee and wide receiver Roscoe Parrish. The team's top two rookies, Leodis McKelvin and James Hardy, are backing up those two starters and will be asked to contribute more this Sunday in Arizona.

It's not such a bad thing. Getting thrown into the fire can be a formative experience for a rookie. Does anyone think the Bills would be 4-0 right now if Trent Edwards hadn't gotten to start half the season as a rookie a year ago? A year from now, both McKelvin and Hardy should be better off for having expanded roles this early in their NFL careers.

That said, neither has exactly set the NFL on fire in the first quarter of the season. McKelvin has been outplayed by Ashton Youboty. Hardy has two catches for 12 yards. Yes, he had the game-winner in Jacksonville, but this is hardly what Dick Jauron had in mind when he said the Bills "have to expect a lot of" Hardy as a rookie.

So what do you think? Have the two rookies fallen short of your expectations so far? Or is it asking too muchy for rookies to contribute in a major way in this league? 

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