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Marrone's philosophy on throwing rookies into the fray

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The need to get rookies to produce in the NFL never has been a bigger priority. Bills tackle Cyrus Kouandjio took some snaps with the first team in Wednesday's spring practice. Here's Bills coach Doug Marrone on his philosophy of playing rookies:

"I’m always big on it. I tell this to the coaches, when you feel that someone is ready to go from a standpoint of knowledge and they’re not going to get anyone hurt, throw them in there. The thing I always hate about this profession is you get a kid and you want to bring him along. I’m not talking about quarterback; I’m talking about all the other positions. All of the sudden you kind of bring him along and then year one goes by and you like him. Year two goes by and then all of a sudden you’re sitting here year three and you don’t know what you have. I’ve had a lot of success taking young guys and once they know what they’re doing throw them in with the first group and a see what they can do. I think you’ll see a lot of that as we go forward in camp and go forward with our installation. We have an opportunity with resting some guys that we know can go out there and do it."

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