Matt Flynn – Green Bay Packers(2010)
The “Week 17 Prodigy” who put up gaudy stats in a couple of Week 17 starts in place of Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn was a backup to Rodgers in 2010, when the Green Bay Packers would go on to win the Super Bowl.
As we all know, Flynn was famously traded to the Seattle Seahawks prior to the 2012 season, and after getting outplayed by a precocious rookie named Russell Wilson in the preseason, the Seahawks couldn’t start Flynn over the rookie in good conscience, electing to go with Wilson despite handing him a $20.5 million contract only months before.
Ramses Barden – NY Giants (2011)
A monstrously-sized receiver at 6’6 and almost 230lbs, wide receiver Ramses Barden out of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo was someone the New York Giants envisioned being another matchup nightmare for opposing defenses, like Plaxico Burress.
Despite investing a third round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft on him, Barden caught less than 15 passes in each of the four seasons he played in the NFL. In three of those four seasons, Barden actually caught less than 100 yards over the course of the entire season; by comparison, Odell Beckham Jr. hit 100 yards receiving in seven different games in his rookie season alone.