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WR Role Reversal

Last year, D'Wayne Bates elevated to the No. 2 receiver while an injury to Derrick Alexander kept him on the sidelines. This year, Bates is the injured WR and the young guns are working their way past him.

With No. 2 receiver D'Wayne Bates still nursing a nagging bruised bone in his foot, rookie receiver Nate Burleson and second-year receiver Kelly Campbell have stepped up nicely. That doesn't surprise Bates. "The rookie tag on them was erased after Game 1 at Green Bay," Bates said. "If rookies survive training camp and preseason, then you're not a rookie... Recommended Stories

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