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Packers Cobb Amongst NFL Rookies Making an Impact

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(ASSOCIATED PRESS) - So, maybe that long lockout didn't hurt the rookies after all -- aside from the big hits they took to their wallets.

With the league's new salary structure redistributing the mega-millions to vested veterans instead of first-year players, and encouraging the 2011 draft class to prove its worth, a slew of rookies distinguished themselves on the NFL's opening weekend. That's despite missing months of workouts due to the labor dispute.

The dazzling debuts included those by Green Bay receiver/returner Randall Cobb, Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin, Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and cornerback/punt returner Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals.

None was more impressive -- or seemed more improbable -- than Carolina's Cam Newton, who broke the NFL record for most yards passing by a rookie in his pro debut.

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