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Rookies Make Instant Splash

So much for conventional wisdom on how the Class of 2011 would have limited impact due to the lockout. The Packers were one of just a handful of teams to not have a rookie starter, though Randall Cobb made a huge splash.

In the latest indication that first-year NFL players may not have been quite as impacted by the four-month lockout as many observers felt they would be, the 32 teams combined to use 45 rookie starters in the opening week of regular-season play, the most rookie starters on kickoff weekend in at least three seasons. The numbers, compiled by The Sports Xchange, were gleaned from the official play-by...

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