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Here is a breakdown of how all of the former NC State football players are doing in Week 3 of the NFL preseason.  I will continue to update this post throughout the weekend when games end.  Check back.

Linebacker

Stephen Tulloch led the Lions in tackles on Friday with 8 in their 22-17 victory over the Jaguars.  He also had one pass  deflection.  The Lions have to be encouraged.  Tulloch has started all three preseason games and played his best ball so far on Friday.  He seems to have recovered well.

Manny Lawson had 4 tackles (1 TFL), 1 sack, and 2 QB hits in the Bills 43-19 dismantling of the Steelers on Saturday.  Lawson has started in all three preseason games.

Willie Young had 2 tackles in the Bears 10-21 loss to the Bengals on Saturday night.

Audie Cole didn’t start for the Vikings for the 1st time this preseason on Saturday.  He had one tackle and recovered one fumble in the Vikings 28-14 victory over the Cowboys.

Terrell Manning had 1 tackle in the Falcons 13-9 loss to the Dolphins on Saturday.

Nate Irving didn’t play in the Colts’ 24-14 victory over the Rams on Saturday.  Irving hasn’t seen any action this preseason because he is still recovering from knee surgery, but he is still hoping to be ready by Week 1.

Wide Receiver

Tobais Palmer had 3 receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown in the Bills 43-19 win over the Steelers on Saturday.  EJ Manuel connected with Palmer for a 37-yard touchdown in the third quarter.  Apparently Palmer did the “whip” after catching his touchdown.  Palmer did leave the game early with a trainer.

Jerricho Cotchery had his best game of the preseason for the Panthers on Friday, with 4 receptions for 48 yards in a 17-16 loss to the Patriots.  Cotchery started the game, but left the game early with a groin injury.  The extent of the injury is unknown.  The Panthers are really looking for receivers to step up after losing Kelvin Benjamin for the year.

T.J. Graham played in a reserve role in the Jets 28-18 win over the Giants on Saturday, but didn’t record any  stats.

Kicker

Steven Hauschka connected on 3 of his 4 field goal attempts in the Seahawks 16-15 victory over the Chargers on Saturday.  Hauschka actually kicked a 60-yard field goal to win the game with 16 seconds left on the clock.  The field goal that he missed was a 58-yard attempt with 3:46 left in the game.  He got his revenge 3 minutes later.

Quarterback

Philip Rivers completed 13 of 19 passes for 140 yards in the Chargers 16-15 loss to the Seahawks on Saturday.  He was sacked twice and posted a QB Rating of 89.8.

Mike Glennon completed 6 of 13 passes for 64 yards in the Buccaneers 31-7 loss to the Browns.  He was sacked twice and his QB Rating was 61.1.  Starter Jameis Winston was sacked 4 times and posted a QB Rating of 32.6.

Russell Wilson completed 7 of 15 passes for 56 yards in the Seahawks 16-15 victory over the Chargers on Saturday.  He was sacked once and recorded a QB Rating of 56.5.  Wilson also ran the ball 6 times for 37 yards.

Defensive Back

CB Dontae Johnson had 4 tackles and 1 pass deflection in the 49ers 19-12 loss to the Broncos on Saturday.  Johnson’s pass deflection broke up a touchdown in the end zone intended for Damaryius Thomas.

CB David Amerson had 4 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and 1 pass deflection in the Redskins 31-13 victory over the Ravens on Saturday.  Amerson got the start at the last second because DeAngelo Hall had a sprained toe.  Steve Smith Sr. beat Amerson on a 63-yard touchdown.

S Brandan Bishop didn’t see the field in the Eagles 39-26 victory over the Packers on Saturday.

Defensive Line

DE Mario Williams had one tackle in the Bills 43-19 victory over the Steelers on Saturday.  Williams has started in all three of the Bills preseason games.

DT Markus Kuhn started for the third consecutive preseason game for the Giants on Saturday.  He blocked a PAT in the Giants 28-18 loss to the Jets.

DT T.Y. McGill had 1 tackle in the Seahawks 16-15 victory over the Chargers on Saturday.

Offensive Line

G J.R. Sweezy started in the Seahawks 16-15 victory over the chargers on Saturday.  He has started every game this preseason.

G Ted Larsen started in the Cardinals 30-23 victory over the Raiders on Sunday.  He has started the past two preseason games.

T Tyson Chandler saw action as a reserve for the Buffalo Bills on Saturday in their 43-19 defeat of the Steelers.

T Rob Crisp didn’t play in the Cardinals 30-23 victory over the Raiders on Sunday because of a knee injury.  He has yet to play this preseason.

Running Back

Tony Creecy didn’t play in the Patriots 17-16 victory over the Panthers on Friday.

 

 

 

 

Matthew is Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He writes for all sports, with a focus on football and recruiting, and is in charge of business strategy. He is an NC State alum who majored in business. Matthew is also the lead pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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2 NC State Players Were Invited to the 2024 NFL Combine

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Yesterday, the NFL released the names of the 321 prospects invited to the 2024 NFL Combine, and Linebacker Payton Wilson and Center Dylan McMahon made the cut.

Wilson was a Unanimous All-American, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, 1st Team All-ACC and won the Butkus and Nagurski Awards. McMahon earned All-ACC Honorable Mention this year.

Also, Long Snapper Joe Shimko’s has been invited to a Specialists Showcase at the end of the Combine.

Shimko was named the best Long Snapper in College Football this season.

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Where is NC State’s Payton Wilson Landing in Mock Drafts?

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Former NC State Linebacker Payton Wilson won the Butkus and Nagurski Awards this season, and is primed to be one of the top Linebacker’s taken in the 2024 NFL Draft. With the Draft Order set after the end of the Super Bowl, where is the former Wolfpack Linebacker projecting to land in the 2024 NFL Draft.

ProFootballFocus – 2nd Round – #41 – Green Bay Packers
PlayerProfiler – 2nd Round – #53 – Miami Dolphins
33rd Team – 3rd Round – #67 – Washington Commanders
NFL.com – 3rd Round – #78 – Philadelphia Eagles
Tankathon – 3rd Round – #82 – Indianapolis Colts
DraftWire – 3rd Round – #84 – Pittsburgh Steelers
FanSided – 3rd Round – #87 – Dallas Cowboys
The Athletic – 3rd Round – #97 – Philadelphia Eagles

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2 Former NC State Football Players Take Home Super Bowl Rings

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Two former NC State Football players took home Super Bowl rings last night: Offensive Guard Joe Thuney and Wide Receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

Unfortunately, Thuney was unable to play last night due to a pectoral injury, but Valdes-Scantling did catch a touchdown.

Valdes-Scantling finished with 3 receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown.

Thuney has now broken his tie with Center Jim Ritcher, becoming the NC State football player with the most Super Bowl appearances, and Valdes-Scantling is tied for 3rd. Thuney has been to 5 Super Bowls in 8 seasons.

Joe Thuney – 5
Jim Ritcher – 4
Marquez Valdes-Scantling – 2
Mike Cofer – 2
Perry Williams – 2
Mike Jones – 2
Torry Holt – 2
Russell Wilson – 2
J.R. Sweezy – 2
Steven Hauschka – 2
(Bill Cowher – 2 – as a head coach)

Thuney now has 4 Super Bowl rings, which is tied for the 3rd most by a player in NFL history. Valdes-Scantling has 2.

NC State Players with the Most Super Bowl Rings

Offensive Guard Joe Thuney – 4
Wide Receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling – 2
Place Kicker Mike Cofer  – 2
Cornerback Perry Williams – 2

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Joe Thuney’s 5 Super Bowl Appearances is the Most by an NC State Player

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Former All-American Offensive Lineman Joe Thuney is heading to his 5th Super Bowl in 8 NFL Seasons. Unfortunately, Thuney isn’t expected to play tomorrow due to a pectoral injury.

Thuney has now broken his tie with Center Jim Ritcher, becoming the NC State football player with the most Super Bowl appearances.

Joe Thuney – 5
Jim Ritcher – 4
Mike Cofer – 2
Perry Williams – 2
Mike Jones – 2
Torry Holt – 2
Russell Wilson – 2
J.R. Sweezy – 2
Steven Hauschka – 2
(Bill Cowher – 2 – as a head coach)

Thuney also holds the record for the most Super Bowl rings by a former NC State football player with 3, and has a chance to pick up his 4th tomorrow. Place Kicker Mike Cofer and Cornerback Perry Williams are the only other former Wolfpack football players to win 2 Super Bowls.

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