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Marinelli Applauds Rookie Performances

Gosder Cherilus (Getty Images/D. Centofanti)

Detroit got productive minutes from each rookie, and in particular, offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus, running back Kevin Smith, and defensive linemen Cliff Avril and Andre Fluellen.

ALLEN PARK -- When the Detroit Lions completed their draft back in April, it was regarded as well-executed, with little flash but potentially chock full of substance. If the play of the rookies in Thursday's exhibition win was any indication, maligned GM Matt Millen might finally be onto something. Detroit got productive minutes from each rookie, and in particular, offensive tackle Gosder...

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