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Panini America on Location: More Photos, Fun at 2011 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere

May 20, 2011

LOS ANGELES — Stevan Ridley, the New England Patriots rookie running back by way of LSU, is a self-proclaimed “country boy” with an affinity for hunting and fishing. Titus Young, the Detroit Lions wide receiver from Boise State (and South Central Los Angeles), painstakingly scrutinizes his own signature and is not the least bit afraid to switch it up his signing style many times during the same session.

Oh, I learned plenty more about the next class of NFL superstars during Thursday’s second day of the 2011 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere. Like . . .

  • There may not be two more photogenic rookies in the league this year than fellow SEC greats Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons) and Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers). Stay tuned later today for an exclusive video that proves our point with Jones.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars first-round pick Blaine Gabbert listens to all types of music — but he prefers country.
  • Jonathan Baldwin (Kansas City Chiefs) and Jake Locker (Tennessee Titans) are dedicated signing machines that place an emphasis on both consistent legibility and routine-based expeditiousness.
  • The Oakland Raiders’ Taiwan Jones, the St. Louis Rams’ Austin Pettis and the Titans’ Jamie Harper are avid Tweeters.
  • This year more than any other, it’s en vogue for players to sign with headphones streaming music into their ears.
  • The Buffalo Bills’ Marcell Dareus and the Denver Broncos’ Von Miller both possess personalities commiserate with their huge playmaking ability.

Indeed, you spend the kind of quality time with these players at a unique event like the Rookie Premiere, and you’ll leave with a whole new appreciation for the NFL’s next generation. I know I did — and there’s still two full days remaining.

Below is a gallery of day two’s highlights.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Kyle permalink
    May 20, 2011 12:26 pm

    Kaepernick’s the man!

  2. May 20, 2011 5:12 pm

    Great looking patches! Hmm…what’s he listening to on those headphones?

  3. WhenIsaySEA! permalink
    May 21, 2011 11:46 am

    Can you tell Locker that I love him? Not the creepy way though.. just in the way that I collect all his football cards and gaze at them periodically… Actually, forget all that, just tell him that he has all us Washingtonians behind him, a whole bunch of new Titans fans. Titans-West… if you may.

  4. Louis Rivera permalink
    May 22, 2011 7:39 am

    Look at Julio just chilling, Signing away with his head phones on

  5. jacob permalink
    May 22, 2011 9:29 am

    no way man mallett or newton are way better than kappernick

  6. carlton lorenz permalink
    May 22, 2011 11:36 am

    thats how you can do it quick and easy put some $400 head phones on and sign away for panini

  7. May 23, 2011 10:02 am

    Serious….You got to see in one of the other picks Julio didn’t event take his Book Bag off, the mans a signing Monster ….LOL


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