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Teams learning to trust rookie safeties

Safeties are entering the NFL ready to play, and teams are suddenly more willing to give them a chance, writes Len Pasquarelli.

Originally Published: October 2, 2006
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

BALTIMORE -- For a nanosecond here Sunday afternoon, even Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome -- the man most responsible for assembling the roster of the currently undefeated AFC North leader -- seemed a bit taken aback by the revelation.

There have been more rookie starters at safety through the first four weekends of the NFL season than at any other position.

Safeties first? Nah, the interior secondary spot hasn't skyrocketed that far up the league positional totem, as evidenced by average salaries, ...

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