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That, uh, dishonor went to Cleveland, which had 15 rookies make the roster, including quarterback Brandon Weeden and running back Trent Richardson, both first-round choices. The Browns were 30th in the first poll.
"Baby steps in Cleveland with Weeden and Richardson," former All-Pro safety John Lynch of Fox Sports said.
Another team that dropped: the New York Jets. After the first-string offense didn't score a touchdown in the exhibition season, the Jets fell from No. 17 to No. 19. Three voters had them as low as 22nd.
"Jets had better hope gimmick packages new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano didn't unveil during preseason can provide punch for unit that failed to score touchdown in 30 combined drives under Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow," Alex Marvez of Foxsports.com said.
One team the voters felt good about after the preseason was Carolina; the Panthers moved up two spots to No. 18.
"Division crowded with contenders, and that might include Panthers before long," Bob Glauber of Newsday said of the NFC South. "I can't say enough about Cam Newton's leadership and ability. A surprise team in `12? Could be."
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