Ryan Groy clocked in at an impressive 6’5″, 320 but went undrafted out of Wisconsin. While playing for the Badgers, Ryan had a lot of experience playing on the line at all positions except right tackle. He also played 13 games as a fullback in 2010. Ryan signed a free agent contract with the Bears and was promoted to the team roster late in the season. He’d be traded to the New England Patriots in 2015, but was cut with an injury settlement. He was later signed to the Bucs practice squad, and then to the Buffalo bills active roster. Groy continues to blossom as a lineman in the NFL seeing action for the first time in 16 games, while starting 7 of those contests during 2016.
Robert Herron finished his career at Wyoming with 152 receptions for 2,030 yards, and 20 touchdowns. A two-time Honorable Mention All-Mountain West selection, Herron, was the only player in the Mountain West who logged 2 games with 150 yards or more in receiving yards. Herron is considered a big play specialist with great straight line speed, running the 40 in 4.38 seconds.
He was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 6th round of the 2014 draft. During his rookie season, he logged 6 catches for 58 yards, and his first touchdown, a 9 yard strike in a 37-31 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Herron would be injured and passed up in camp by veteran Louis Murphy at the slot during his Sophomore campaign. He’d be cut, but later signed with the Miami Dolphins. He signed with the Raiders in 2016, but did not make the squad. Currently he is a free agent.
Cards: Sage 2014, Sage 2014 Next Level
Acquired: TTM 2015, C/o The Jacksonville Jaguars
Sent: 11/12 Received: 12/2 (23 days)
Allen Hurns has been an amazing find by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Fighting his way up a decent roster of receivers and draftees, Hurns has emerged as one of young quarterback Blake Bortles consistent targets. Allen also forms with Allen Robinson to be one of the most potent duos in the league at that position. In 2014, he played more of a split end for the Jags catching 51 passes for 677 yards and 6 TDs. He’d break the 1,000 yard barrier in 2015 on 64 receptions, while hauling in 10 TDs, including an 80 yarder in 2015. All the more impressive, Allen also set the team record for most consecutive games with a TD reception (7).
A track and football guy in college at The University of Miami, FL, Allen set the single-season school record with 1,162 receiving yards in 2014. Hurns slipped through the draft unnoticed and was considered a 7th round pick or a priority free agent by many teams. His tape really didn’t do him justice, but it didn’t help that he was running so many short to intermediate basic routes. Being so nearby to Jacksonville, it made sense that the Jaguars take a flyer on him.
I don’t have that many Jaguars in my collection, something I’ve been slow to rectify. This is partially due to the fact that they joined the NFL after I had stopped collecting in the 90s and that they are considered a division rival. Still in the last few years, I have flirted with the Jags. I really like what they’ve done offensively to open things up in the last 2-3 years, and I make no secret that I think that Blake Bortles is one of the best QBs to come along in the last few years. I went ahead and took a shot at Hurns and he signed and personalized these two cards in a pretty short amount of time.