By John Turney
Jordan Gross was stellar his rookie season, according to Pro Scout, Inc., he had scores similar to Anthony Munoz's rookie season in 1980. Julius Peppers was the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2002 and Luke Kuechly won the same award in 2012. Cam Newton was the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2011.
Kris Jenkins was solid as a rookie and the following season he was All-Pro. No rookie has ever held the kicking job for the Panthers, who began their NFL run in 1995.
Norbert Davidds-Garrido, 1996 and Jeff Otah, 2008, are honorable mentions as tackles. Lester Towns, 2000, is an MLB honorable mention. Richard Marshall, 2006, and Daryl Worley, 2016, are also honorable mentions for their rookie seasons.
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