Card: Topps Strata 2014
Acquired: 2017, Walmart Box Breaker
Stephen Morris played college ball at Miami (FL). Over his college career from 2010-2013 he posted 7896 yards and 49 TDs to 30 interceptions. He was not selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, but signed a free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. For pretty much the entirety of his career he’s been relegated to the practice squad or 3rd string quarterback and while his body of preseason work has improved over the year, he has never attempted an NFL pass.
After a little over a season in Jacksonville Morris was waived in 2015. He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and was added to their practice squad. The Colts claimed him right before Christmas and added Stephen to their active roster. With Andrew Luck ailing Morris stood a decent chance of making the team- and while he had a more impressive preseason than fellow QB Scott Tolzien, Morris was inexplicably cut before the season began.
After a year away from the NFL, Morris was signed and cut by no less than 3 teams during the 2017 off-season including the Redskins and Seahawks. On the same day as this posting, Morris was claimed off of waivers by the Houston Texans.
Card: Sage 2016
Acquired: 2016, Box Breaker
Briean Boddy-Calhoun was a member of a very stout Minnesota Gopher defensive secondary. He and Eric Murray provided one of the most solid CB combos in the nation. BC has a pretty good resume of work with 104 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 15 pass deflections, 10 interceptions for 169 yards and a TD. Scouts liked some of his muscle memory traits with his fluid hips and solid jumping skills. They feel he will most be at home in zone or off coverage, primarily as a slot defender.
A few of the draft boards I checked out had Boddy-Calhoun going to the Texans in the 5th or 6th round, but he ended up slipping off the 2016 draft boards all together. He eventually signed a free agent contract with division rival Jacksonville, but was cut before the season. The Browns eventually claimed him off waivers from the Jaguars. In his debut against the Miami Dolphins in Week 3, Briean intercepted his first pass, which he returned 27 yards for a TD. For the record, Calhoun appeared in 14 games, with 7 starts, recorded 43 tackles, a sack, 11 passes defended, and three interceptions in his rookie season. He followed his league debut in 2017 with another 13 games played (7 starts), and recorded 27 tackles, 9 assists, to go along with 6 passes defended.
Cards: Playoff Contenders 2004, Leaf Rookies & Stars 2003 (494/750)
Acquired: TTM 2017, C/o Home
Sent: 10/20 Received: 10/30 (10 days)
See Also: Jason Babin
After his 2010 appearance on the Tennessee Titans, in which he earned his first Pro Bowl appearance and 12 sacks from the defensive end position, Jason Babin packed his bags and returned to the Philadelphia Eagles. While with the Eagles, he again notched a career high in sacks with 18 and the second of his Pro Bowl appearances. After having a fallout with management, Babin was cut after 11 games and finished his season with the Jaguars in 2012. He played the following year in 2013 with the Jaguars recording 7.5 sacks, before heading over to the Jets for 2014 where he saw his last meaningful statistics. Jason was on the roster of both the Cardinals and Ravens in 2015 and is presumed to be retired from the sport.
With some great cards here of Jason, I really had wanted to get him over the years. I had been advised by friends that he did football camps but after waiting for the past 3 years or so for him to pop up, I decided to just hit him up through the mail and it was a pretty fast turn around for the former Texan.
I like the clean design of the Leaf Rookies & Stars card. The angled lines and slow evolution of this design really punctuated a solid overall look. I probably should’ve gotten one of the Longevity cards that I like, but this one still hits the mark nicely. I really like the Rookie Roundup Playoff cards, almost strictly because of the gimmicky translucency and credit card feel. While devoid of most color it does stand out nicely with an autograph on it- in which Jason kindly and painstakingly used a silver sharpie on.