No matter if a player has an established track record; consistent performance is still a fragile proposition. Injuries are inevitable, and the degree of difficulty entailed with professional football dictates varying successes. Expectations numb our appreciation for just how supremely difficult these positions are. And no better confirming evidence exists than the rookie season. Even if a player's talents are limitless, elevated expectations, truncated playing time, and a brutal learning curve can conspire to nullify any potential impact.

It's a rare phenomenon for a prodigy to assert himself immediately, and permanently. For three members of the Jets' rookie class of 2010,...

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