Card: Sage 2009
Acquired: 2017, Walmart Autographed Memorabilia
Martell Mallet has led a very interesting football career. Admittedly there really wasn’t much to go on for scouts when it came to Martell. He played at Arkansas Pine Bluff and only saw action in 2007 and 2008. His body of experience was limited, With a bit over 170 touches and a little over 1000 yards to his resume, it is easy to see why the big back went undrafted in 2009.
Mallet still wanted to play, so he signed with the CFL joining the British Columbia Lions that year. He’d have a pretty sensational rookie year finishing with over 1400 yards rushing, setting the single game franchise rushing record (213 yards), and earning the CFL equivalent of Rookie of the Year. After the season he’d join the Eagles in early 2010 and spent much of the early portion of the year on and off the squad. After a brief stay on the Browns practice squad during that year and a return to the Eagles in 2011, Mallett again was on the move to the New York Giants. An injury prevented him from suiting up, and he was given an injury settlement.
Martell decided to try his hand again with the CFL signing with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2012. He got injured in camp and was on IR the entire year. During 2013 he’d be released and then in 2014 Martell signed with the Calgary Stampeders. At this point, Martell had gone roughly 4 years without playing in a game. He came in for the Stamps in a pinch and ran for 163 yards on 27 carries. His efforts helped the Stamps win the Grey Cup. After the season, he retired from football.
CFL 37 RUSH 241 YDS 1403 AVG 5.8 TD 6 LG 57
REC 50 YDS 414 AVG 8.3 TD 2 LG 26
Cards: Sage 2017, Sage 2017 Peak Performance
Acquired: 2017, Box Breaker
Dontre Wilson played college ball for Ohio State. A school known for cranking out NFL grade talent, Dontre WIlson was not selected in the 2017 Draft, thanks in part to injuries incurred over his college career. During his time at the Horseshoe, Dontre rushed, received, kick returned, and punt returned for the Buckeyes. He finished with 77 receptions for 925 yards and 10 TDs, rushed 65 times for 428 yards and 2 TDs, had 53 kick returns for 1280 yards, and 31 punt returns for 243 yards.
Dontre initially was rumored to be signing with the Chargers, but a doctor scuttled the free agent contract because of a previous foot injury. Dontre signed as a free agent with the BC Lions in October of 2017 and spent the remainder of the season on the franchise’s practice squad.
I really like these Peak Performance insert cards. They look great with autographs on them. The design on them seems random enough, but the gloss, finish and colors are all very vibrant, making the player pop from the canvas.
Card: Sage 2016
Acquired: 2016, Box Break
Marshaun Coprich is an interesting prospect whose behavior off the field marred a solid college football career. A productive player for ISU, Marshaun had gaudy numbers for the Redbirds, running for over 5,200 yards in his four years for the university. Unfortunately he got busted for selling marijuana, and although he was a first time offender, prospective NFL teams look down badly enough on users. While he is small (5’8″), he clocks in at a solid 207.
Coprich was considered by teams who were looking for him to make things happen in space, to be a change of pace back on 3rd downs, or be relied upon to create mismatches splitting outside. There have been some comparisons to guys like Darren Sproles, but scouts are a bit more conservative, saying Marshaun is more like Jacquizz Rodgers. Going undrafted, the Indianapolis Colts took a very long and hard look at him during private workouts in the offseason, but he ended up signing with the Giants. He did not make the team and later was signed to the BC Lions practice squad.