Ten NFL Rookie Stories That Should Serve as Cautionary Tales

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Ten NFL Rookie Stories That Should Serve as Cautionary Tales
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The New York Giants return to defend their title.

The New Orleans Saints attempt to deal with the post-Bounty Gate suspensions.

The New England Patriots look to avenge another Super Bowl defeat.

These are just a few of the big headlines surrounding the upcoming NFL season.

Trailing right behind that collection of team-wide plot lines to keep an eye on is the future of this year's incoming rookie class.

Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, Justin Blackmon, Ryan Tannehill, etc. will all be watched with great interest this year. 

Every rookie class has it's share of successes and dunces, and while it will probably take a while to determine the former, the latter almost always seems to crop up instantly, either for on- or off-the-field reasons. 

So, every one of the 300-some rookies coming into camp this year should view with great interest the plights of these 10 former rookies. 

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