Newton, Ingram, Jones set for rookie event

Despite the lockout, the NFC South’s three highest-profile rookies will go through an annual rite of spring later this week.

Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, Atlanta receiver Julio Jones and New Orleans running back Mark Ingram are among the 36 players scheduled to take part in the NFL Players Rookie Premiere. The event’s main purpose is for players to do photo shoots for trading cards.

But there will be other promotional appearances and events starting Thursday and continuing through the weekend at various locations throughout the Los Angeles area. A flag football game is scheduled for Friday night and, since the event is for rookies only, Carolina receiver Steve Smith does not appear on the roster for that game.