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On Sunday, three former NC State football players received news that they had been cut from their NFL team.

Terrell Manning

On Sunday the Atlanta Falcons announced that former NC State Linebacker Terrell Manning was one of 12 players being waived.  Then yesterday the Falcons’ released this statement:

“Yesterday the Falcons announced that LB Terrell Manning was going to be waived, but that transaction was never sent into the League Office. Manning will remain on the active roster and the Falcons currently sit at 76 players. Atlanta must be at the 75-man roster limit by tomorrow at 4 p.m.” (Falcons)

It isn’t completely clear what is going on here.  Sometimes a team will intentionally hold onto a player after announcing that he will be waived so that they can trade him.  That doesn’t seem to be likely here.  As it stands, Manning still sits on the roster of the Falcons.  Manning signed a free agent deal with the Falcons on August 17th.  The Green Bay Packers drafted Manning in the 5th round of the 2012 NFL Draft with the 163rd overall pick.

T.J. Graham

Former NC State Wide Receiver T.J. Graham also received news that he was 1 of 12 players being released from the New York Jets on Sunday.  Graham played in 12 games for the Jets last season, catching three passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.  Over the past 3 years, Graham has played in 43 NFL game for the Bills and the Jets accumulating 57 catches for 770 yards.  Graham was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Bills with the 69th overall pick.

Brandan Bishop

On August 24th, former NC State Safety Brandan Bishop was signed by the Eagles to fill a void they created by waiving another former NC State Safety Earl Wolff.  On Sunday, Bishop was 1 of 12 players cut from the Eagles.

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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According to current projections, Jackson projects to be taken on Day 3 of the 2024 NFL Draft, or picked up as an Undrafted Free Agent.

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Principal Alison Cleveland commented on the hire, stating, “We are delighted to welcome Coach Howell to Green Hope High School. His impressive background and dedication to the game will undoubtedly inspire our student-athletes to reach new heights both on and off the court.” (Green Hope)

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Congratulations Richard! Raise up some talent and send them down the road to NC State!

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