Tag Archives: playoff contenders 2012

Crick, Jared

pa12-jcrickCard: Playoff Contenders 2012
Acquired: 2016, EBay

Jared Crick was the other big playmaker on Nebraska’s line along side Ndamukong Suh.  He came on his Sophomore season, with 70 tackles, 12.5 TFL, and 9.5 sacks in 2009. In 2010, Crick matched his previous efforts with 9.5 sacks, 14.5 TFL, and 70 tackles. A torn pectoral muscle in 2011 maligned his campaign, and dropped his draft stock. The Houston Texans wanted to groom some talent behind Antonio Smith and JJ Watt. They felt they got good value selecting Jared in the 5th round of the 2012 draft.

In the Texans 3-4 defense Crick saw only spot duty his first two years. It wasn’t until 2014 that he really saw extensive action as a starter. Still as a 3-4 defensive end, he was able to contribute 29 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and 6 pass defensed.  His 2015 campaign netted him another 2 sacks, 28 tackles, and a forced fumble.  After the season, Jared was allowed to bolt for greener pastures, signing with the Denver Broncos, reuniting him with former head coach Gary Kubiak and defensive mastermind, Wade Philips. Jared has slowly blossomed in Denver becoming a consistent force on the line for the Broncos, posting 48 tackles and 2 sacks in 2015, and 53 tackles and 3 sacks in 2016.


Herron, Dan ‘Boom’

poff12 herronCard:  Playoff Contenders 2012
Acquired: 2014 BB, Target Autographed Memorabilia

Daniel Herron went to Ohio State University, where he had 1,155 yards and 16 TDs on 216 carries in 2010. Among the talented corps of starters who were suspended, culminating in the resignation of longtime coach Jim Tressel – Herron returned to the Buckeyes just in time to rush for 678 yards and 3 TDs during 2011.

He signed with the Bengals after the 2012 draft, but was off and on the roster. Eventually he worked his way onto special teams, where he finished the season with a blocked punt and 4 carries for 5 yards. Dan signed with the Colts in 2013 where he was quickly buried on the depth chart. Of note he made his first NFL catch- a 57 yard reception. In 2014, the Colts were leaning on their runningback by committee approach of Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw, when Bradshaw went down with a season ending injury.

Herron stepped in and took over for Bradshaw racing for a 49 yard TD gallop against the Redskins. It’d be the first of his career. Dan finished with 351 yards on 78 carries, and haul in 21 receptions for 173 yards as the Colts made the playoffs in 2014.