Card: Sage 2015
Acquired: 2015, Box Breaker
Shane Carden played for ECU and finished his 4 years at the school with 11,991 passing yards, 86 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. An opportunistic scrambler, Carden rushed for 10 TDs in his Junior year, and added MVP honors in 2013 with Conference USA, and 2014 with the American Athletic Conference. Adding to his resume, Carden broke multiple records for passing yards and TDs. Scouts did not like Shane’s mechanics, but loved his intangibles, ability to quickly read the field, and football IQ. He’d go unselected in the 2015 draft, but sign a free agent contract with the Chicago Bears but not make the squad.
Later he went overseas and played for the Stuttgart Scorpions of the German Football League. Shane then spent half the year in 2016 with the CFL with the Montreal Alouettes. In February of 2017, Shane found a home with the expansion Baltimore Brigade of the Arena Football League. He earned AFL Rookie of the Year Honors after passing for 3,189 yards, 63 TDs, 16 INT, and 275 completions on 431 attempts.
Card: Sage 2016 (#146/250)
Acquired: 2016, Box Breaker
Jordan Richards played for the Stanford Cardinal football team at Safety. He excelled in run support and earned All-Conference honors in 3 seasons while at Stanford. Expected to be a third day choice, Richards was a surprise selection at the end of Round 2 by the New England Patriots.
A smart and determined player, Jordan is a strong character guy who is a willing run enforcer despite his 5’11”, 2011 frame. He played for the Patriots on special teams and in sub packages, and displayed that nose for the run, and was pretty decent in underneath zone support. Richards finished 2015 with 2 starts 2 pass deflections, 1 forced fumble, and 14 tackles. He played in 11 games in 2016 contributing a fumble recovery. Considered on the roster bubble for 2017, Jordan impressed during the preseason, and as of the 4th week has played in 3 games starting 1, with 5 tackles, and a forced fumble.
Card: Sage 2015 (#61/250)
Acquired: 2016, Hobby Box Break
Gus Johnson was an intriguing prospect out of Stephen F. Austin. In 2014, he added the Southland Conference Player of the Year honors to his impressive resume, which also included being a 3 time All-Southland Conference selection. A bowlegged and stout runningback (5’10”, 215), Gus was a gritty player who has a nice, deceptive burst at the second level. He finished his career with the Lumberjacks with 631 carries for 3892 yards and 51 TDs. Gus also had 57 receptions for 417 yards and a TD. He went unselected in the 2015 draft.
After a brief stay on the Falcons, Gus signed with the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys were reloading at runningback after the sudden departure of DeMarco Murray. Gus led the Cowboys in the preseason in rushing, but confident in the stable of Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle, and Lance Dunbar, they opted to cut Johnson. He was signed to the practice squad, and then cut later in the month. Gus quickly signed with the Atlanta Falcons and was placed on their practice squad. He remained with the Falcons through mid-2016. Afterwards Gus has spent time on a variety of rosters around the league including the Chargers, Falcons (2nd time), Chargers (2nd time), and finally the Steelers. He is currently a free agent.