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Brown, Pharaoh

Card: Panini Contenders 2017
Acquired: 2017, Box Breaker

Tight End Pharoah Brown was signed as a free agent by the Oakland Raiders shortly after the 2017 NFL Draft concluded. The former Oregon Duck scored well at the combine, leading his group in both the verticle jump and bench press reps. He had a pretty solid career in Eugene, but a horrific injury during his Junior season combined with three separate acts of violence incidents sent his draft stock plummeting. The former Duck finished with 70 catches for 1,011 yards and 13 touchdowns. With few valid options outside of free agent signee Jared Cook, Brown was given plenty of reps and opportunity to make the Raiders roster for 2017. He was waived in September of 2018 but quickly found a home on the Cleveland Browns practice squad.

Munson, Calvin

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.

White, Marquez

Card: Panini Contenders 2017
Acquired: 2017, Box Breaker

Marquez White played defensive back at Florida State, initially as a two sport athlete, but quickly decided that basketball was not going to be his breadwinner. After honing his skills on special teams, White finally saw starting duty at cornerback in 2015 with 25 tackles, 2 pass breakups, and 1 pick. He improved enough in 2016 to be named dallto honorable mention All-ACC, with 2 interceptions and 4 pass breakups. The Cowboys selected him in the 6th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. While he did not make the team, Marquez was signed the next day to practice squad. He didn’t see any playing time that year. He did not make the squad in 2018 and is currently a free agent.