Card: Leaf Draft 2014
Acquired: BB 2018, Walmart Autographed Memorabilia
Defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles played college ball for the Gamecocks of South Carolina from 2011-2013. He posted 66 solo tackles, 39 assists, 23.5 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, 1 pass defended, and 1 fumble recovery over his time at the school. He was expected to be drafted somewhere around round 5 or 6, but fell out of the draft entirely and became a priority free agent.
Signing with the Giants after the 2014 Draft, he’d be claimed off of waivers by the Patriots and placed on their practice squad. The Colts signed Kelcy from the Patriots- but found himself on and off the regular roster the remainder of the season. He’d be waived in 2015 and returned to the Patriots practice squad later in the year. Then he’d be cut, and returned again to the Colts, where he played the rest of the season. Although he did not make the final roster of the squad in 2016, he’d be on and off the practice squad throughout the rest of the year. In his brief NFL career, Kelcy played in 2 games making 1 tackle, 1 sack, and a pass defended.
Quick rant. So I went into Walmart, and they had these great little hangar packs called ‘Walmart Autographed Memorabilia’. Like the Target cousin, I’m not expecting much. I get 5 packs of cards and an autograph AND a patch card. For 15 bucks- yeah okay- it works, but when it is hanging on the $9.99 rack: Two please! That’s what led me to my problem. They weren’t hanging there because they were priced at $9.99 each. They were there because somebody ignorantly hung them there. Needless to say the store manager refused to give me the $9.99 price point, so I refused to buy any of them out of principle. Later I came back to the store and found them hanging again on the $9.99 rack.
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
Acquired: 2017, Box Breaker
Steven Scheu played college ball for Vanderbilt at tight end. Clocking in at 6’5″, 245, Scheu certainly has the size but needs to fill out his frame to be a more effective blocker. His best season came in 2014 when he posted 39 catches for 525 yards and 4 touchdowns earning him All-SEC Honors. Steven finished his career for the Commodores with 83 receptions for 933 yards and 7 touchdowns. He’d go undrafted in 2016, but sign with the Patriots as a free agent. After being cut Scheu was later signed to the Broncos practice squad. During the 2017 preseason, Steven caught a 21 yard TD from backup Kyle Sloter, but it wouldn’t be enough to help him make the roster. Currently Steven is a free agent.