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Rookie review: High marks for QBs

Patriots' Ryan Mallett (164 yards) looks best of all the first-year quarterbacks

Originally Published: August 14, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the first week of preseason was how well rookie quarterbacks played.

For a class of quarterbacks deprived of minicamps, organized team activities and offseason coaching, the 2011 quarterback class exceeded expectations. Sure, most didn't face elaborate defensive game plans, but what was considered a raw group of developmental quarterbacks looked pretty poised in their debuts.

Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers and Jake Locker of the Tennessee ...

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