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Getting their second wind

After uneven rookie seasons, these players are trying to make a bigger impact in 2010

Originally Published: June 10, 2010
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Brian Cushing's suspension for a performance-enhancing substance prompted a revote by The Associated Press for Defensive Rookie of the Year in one of the award's strongest classes in years.

Cushing won the revote, but the exercise only reinforced how well linebackers Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers and Brian Orakpo of the Washington Redskins and safety Jairus Byrd of the Buffalo Bills played last season. Of the 32 first-round rookies in 2009, the percentage of the 13 defensive ...

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