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Kruger, Joe

sage13 joekrugerCard: Sage 2013
Acquired: 2015, Target Authentic Autograph Memorablia

The youngest member of the Kruger family (Dave and Paul), whose NFL bloodlines all seem to travel through the Utah Utes, finished his college career with 69 tackles, 9 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and one interception. He opted to skip his Senior season and declare for the draft. He’d be selected in the 7th round of the 2013 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Placed on IR, he’d be released in 2014, but quickly in succession find a home with the Chargers, Packers, and Steelers as a practice squad member.


Manhart, Cole

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Card: Sage Hit 2015
Acquired: 2015, Box Break

At 6’6″, 310 it appears on the surface that Cole Manhart possesses the size and weight to play at the next level. With decent footwork pulling and sealing blocks, he also plays whistle to whistle, and is a solid technician in pass protection.  The major question that dogs the former tackle, now center, is the level of competition he faced, as Cole played at little known Nebraska-Kearney.  The reviews are quite mixed on Manhart,  leaving the scouts targeting him as a priority free agent in the 2015 draft.  The Eagles signed him but he finished camp with the Saints. Eventually he landed on the Raiders, and earned a futures contract with the Steelers for 2016.

Darby, Alden ‘The Juice Man’

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Card: Sage 2014
Acquired: 2015, Box Breaker

Alden finished his career at Arizona State with 217 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 10 interceptions at Strong Safety. He had 2 interceptions he returned for TDs, oddly both against the USC Trojans. He ran a decent 4.5 40,  displays the physical prowess to play all positions in the secondary, and is a smart gunner on special teams, but went undrafted in 2014. A practice squad mainstay so far in his brief NFL career, Darby has yet to see game time action outside of the preseason. Picked up by the San Diego Chargers in 2014, he signed with the Steelers in 2015, but was cut in early September of that year. The New Orleans Saints quickly scooped Darby up and added him to their practice squad.  He was signed to a futures contract by the squad in 2016.