With so many players cycling through the NFL on a year-to-year basis, it’s easy to forget about some good players we have seen in years past. Today we’re going to look at some solid players that you may have forgot about.
The poor man’s Darren Sproles kicks this list off. Forsett carved out a solid career for himself during his time in the NFL. Forsett was selected in the seventh round by the Seahawks in 2008 and would go on to play for eight different teams during his eight year career. Forsett’s most memorable season came in 2014 where picked up 1,266 yards on 235 carries while also picking up eight rushing touchdowns. He also earned his first and only Pro Bowl selection.
Hali was never a flashy player, I think that’s why it’s easy for you to forget about him. While he wasn’t flashy, Hali always put up solid number and didn’t make many mistakes. In his 11 year career, Hali amassed 89.5 sacks making six Pro Bowls and Second Team All-Pro twice. Hali’s best season was in 2010 where he had 14.5 sacks, but didn’t make the Pro Bowl. This shows you just how under the radar Hali was.
Consistent. That’s the first word that comes to my mind when I think of Owen Daniels. Daniels was always surrounded by great offensive players, guys like: Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins. This is why Daniels never really got the recognition he deserved. Daniels had reliable hands, was a leader in the locker room, and was an effective blocker in the run game. In his ten year career, Daniels amassed 5,661 yards on 479 receptions with a 64 percent catch rate. In this time Daniels also made two Pro Bowls.
Pete Carroll deciding to pass instead of handing it off to Marshawn Lynch killed Matthew’s legacy. He was a nobody leading up to Super Bowl XLIX, a guy Seattle found in the CFL and signed him to the active roster. Matthews went off in the biggest game of the year catching four balls for 109 yards and a touchdown. After the loss, Matthews was released from the Seahawks and hasn’t played in the NFL since.
The length of Best’s career, two years in the league, is why he slips away from your mind. Best was selected by the Lions at the tail end of the first round in 2010. He was a speedy back out of Cal who was also dangerous catching the ball out of the backfield. Best picked up 945 yards on 255 carries during his 2 year career. He also added 744 receiving yards on 85 receptions. Concussions cut Best’s career short and he retired shortly after being waived by the Lions in 2013. Since his retirement Best has become a world class Olympic sprinter, so he’s not doing bad for himself.
One of my favorite Patriots ever. Danny Woodhead was not the biggest, or the fastest, or the most athletic, but he always go the job done. Whether it was running outside, running inside, or catching passes out of the backfield, Danny was dangerous. In his 10-year career, Woodhead rushed for 2,238 yards on 517 carries with 15 touchdowns on the ground. He also added 2,698 receiving yards on 300 receptions with 17 touchdowns. Not too shabby for a guy who went undrafted.
When I was first getting into fantasy football, it seemed like Hartline was a waiver wire pickup every week. If you were thin at receiver, or had some guys on a bye, he was never a bad pickup. He was a guy with reliable hands the QB could trust, and since he played for the Dolphins and Browns, he played for many different quarterbacks. In his seven year career, Hartline had 4,766 receiving yards on 344 catches with 14 toudowns. He posted back to back 1,000 yard seasons in 2012 and 2013, a very respectable career.
Thanks to Pat McAfee, most people remember Holliday getting blown up by McAfee on a kick-return, a game where he also muffed a punt-return. I remember Holliday as an electric returner who was a threat to take it to the house any time he fielded a kick. In Holliday’s short stint (this is funny because he is only 5’5) in the NFL, he put up solid return numbers. He returned 54 kickoffs for 1,455 yards and returned two for touchdowns. He also returned 82 punts for 769 yards and added two more touchdowns. He was also a cheat code in Madden 25, he had crap catching stats, but he had 98 speed.
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