Ryan Mathews and the NFL's 12 Most Important Rookies in 2010

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Ryan Mathews and the NFL's 12 Most Important Rookies in 2010
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Rookies battling during training camp

Ideally, NFL teams would like to work their rookie players slowly into the lineup, perhaps waiting a year or two to thrust them into full-time action. In many instances, patience is plausible and indeed the best choice.

However, in today's pro football, rookies are under more pressure to produce quickly due to big money contracts and an impatient media and fanbase.

Sometimes success can't wait for long. There are certain rookies who need to come through for their teams in the 2010 season. Not next year, not 2012, but now.

As the summer breeze travels south and the autumn winds begin to whistle, here is a list of the top dozen newcomers whose contributions are sorely needed.

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