Card: Panini Contenders 2017
Acquired: 2017, Box Breaker
A multi-sport athlete (selected by the St. Louis Cardinals) Calvin Munson elected to follow his passion into football over baseball. An aggressive linebacker for the San Diego St Spartans, Munson had 301 total tackles, 18 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 5 pass defensed, and 7 interceptions for 244 yards and a whopping 3 touchdowns. Munson was considered a sleeper going into the 2017 NFL draft, with scouts criticizing his intangibles and lack of finesse. He’d go unselected but catch on with the New York Giants.
Munson got a lot of looks during the preseason with their linebacker corps so banged up, and he made an impression on special teams. He’d be added to the team’s practice squad and then quickly promoted to the regular roster, starting week 2 at middle linebacker. Calvin played hard and finished his rookie season with 60 tackles, 2 sacks, and a forced fumble.
He’d be cut and added back to the practice squad for 2018, but as of the date of this post is currently a free agent.
Card: Sage 2014
Acquired: 2016, Box Breaker
Dominique Easley played college ball for the Florida Gators from 2010 to 2013. An impressive defensive line talent Easley posted 72 total tackles, 18 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks, but has been plagued by injuries (most troubling) to his ACL. He’d be selected by the New England Patriots with the 29th pick of the 2014 NFL draft to be groomed as Big Vince Wilfork’s eventual replacement on the line. After playing sparingly, he’d be placed on IR to end his rookie season with 9 tackles, a sack, and a pick. In 2015, Wilfork departed for greener pastures leaving Easley squarely in the rotation, but once again Easley frustratingly finished the season on IR, after just 15 tackles and 2 sacks. He’d be cut by the team in 2016.
Passing through waivers, Dominique signed a contract with the Los Angeles Rams. The bet paid off as he had a solid season worked into the defensive line rotation. He’d post a career high 35 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. Easley resigned with the Rams in 2017, but tore his ACL again in camp ending his season before it began.
Card: Sage 2016 (59/250)
Acquired: 2017, Box Breaker
Jeff Driskell started his college career at Florida, but after losing the starting job (partially due to injury) he opted to transfer for his final year of eligibility to Louisiana Tech. While playing for LA Tech, Jeff had his best year in 2015, starting all 13 games and going 279 of 448 for 4,026 yards, and 27 touchdowns to just 8 interceptions. By all accounts this was the best school single season performance by any quarterback since Tim Rattay.
A multi-sport athlete Jeff was not only selected by the San Fransisco 49ers in the 6th round of the 2016 NFL draft, he was also selected by the Boston Red Sox of the MLB in 2013. He was released before final cut downs in 2016, but was snapped up by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he served as the 3rd string QB.
Trapped behind Andy Dalton and AJ McCarron, it didn’t really seem like Jeff was going to go far in Cinci, but the coaching staff has really taken a liking to him. AJ McCarron was traded in the 2018 off-season to Buffalo, and an open QB competition ensued for backup between Matt Barkley and Jeff. He played well enough that it was believed that Jeff may have had the inside track on the job, but he suffered an injury during the preseason and began the 2018 campaign on IR.