Card: Playoff 2012
Acquired: EBay, 2017
Keshawn Martin was quite the enigma. He had respectable numbers at Michigan State as one of Kirk Cousins‘ favorite targets. K-Mart dabbled in all phases of the game for the Spartans, returning, receiving, rushing, – heck he even threw a pass or 2. He was most dangerous as a speedy return man, evidenced by the 2 punt returns and the kick return he had for a TD. In his Senior season (2011) he had a career high 777 yards on 66 receptions. The Houston Texans needing return and wide receiver help, selected Keshawn in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL draft.
He’d overtake Trindon Holliday in camp and assume return duties. The Texans hoped that Martin would also grow into being a reliable slot receiver along the way. Although Martin’s career was punctuated by some great moments he had a couldn’t crack the starting lineup, because he had a hard time catching passes. It also didn’t help that the Texans went through a quarterback carousel. Martin played for Houston through the 2014 season. In 2015, Houston traded Keshawn to the New England Patriots. He finished his Texans career with 38 receptions, 416 yards, and 3 TDs. As a returner Keshawn had 80 returns for 2001 yards, and 94 punt returns for 858 yards and a TD.
During his lone season with the Patriots, Keshawn saw time in 9 contests catching 24 passes for 269 yards and 2 TDs. Although he was signed to an extension after the season, he’d be released during the final cuts in 2016. He joined the 49ers briefly, later landing on the roster of the Lions in 2017 but as of early 2018 appears to be a free agent.
Really nice card of Keyshawn here. I like the depth of the image, especially the definition to his face. The design also is very complimentary. I’d give this set high marks. Keyshawn’s autograph is unfortunately pretty terrible and doesn’t compliment the excitement that the card embodies at all.
Card: Panini Threads 2010
Acquired: 2017, Walmart Autographed Memorabilia
Selected in the 6th round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Mississippi State, Anthony Dixon was quite a surprise for the San Fransisco 49ers. The power back made the roster after the sudden retirement of Glen Coffee, by putting together one of the best preseasons in NFL history, rushing 74 times for 300 yards and 4 TDs.
Dixon pretty much backed up Frank Gore and Brian Westbrook during the season, but still managed to carve out 70 carries for 237 yards and 2 TDs in 2010. He spent the majority of the remainder of his 49er career on special teams, signing with the Bills in 2014.
He had his most productive year with the Bills, rushing 105 times for 432 yards and 2 TDs, including a career long 47 yard jaunt. Boobie also earned Special Teams Player of the Week Honors in Week 12 after he blocked a Jets’ punt. A lingering calf injury cratered his 2015 campaign and he was released in 2016.
After spending the entire season out of football, Anthony signed with the Spring League to showcase his talents to NFL and CFL scouts in 2017. He split time at runningback and fullback and had a 45 yard TD run and was considered one of the league’s standout players. Currently he remains a free agent.
Card: Sage 2016 Premium Portrait (7/10)
Acquired: 2017, Box Break
DeForest Bucker was a physical specimen with the stats to back his high draft ranking. Playing for Oregon Ducks he had 232 total tackles, 36 tackles for loss, 18 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, and 10 passes defended.
I was very pleased to pull this limited signature premium portrait of DeForest Buckner when I opened a Sage 2016 Hobby Box. Buckner has a pretty good autograph, and you can tell he took his time to sign these. I liked the portrait cards and it showcases the custom grill on his helmet that was all the rage at the time with defensive linemen.
Buckner delivered in 2016 and had a solid rookie debut with 73 combined tackles, 6 sacks, and 2 FR. He could be due for an even more impactful 2017, as DeForest will be paired alongside first round pick Solomon Thomas.