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Here’s the NC State NFL Report for Week 3 of the NFL season.  Below we breakdown the performance of each of the former Wolfpack players in the NFL.


Stephen Tulloch was back to his old shenanigans, leading the Lions in tackles in a 24-12 loss to the Broncos.  He had 11 tackles. Tulloch did this in only 31 snaps (out of 65 defensive snaps).

Season Stats: 23 tackles

Manny Lawson didn’t start for the first time this season in the Bills 41-14 victory over the Dolphins.  He played in a reserve role, but didn’t record any stats.

Season Stats: 3 tackles

Nate Irving got back on the field this week and saw minutes as a reserve in the Colts 35-33 victory over the Titans, but didn’t record any stats.

Audie Cole played as a reserve in the Vikings 31-14 victory over the Chargers, but he failed to record and stats.

Season Stats: 1 tackle

Willie Young was on the inactive list for the Bears 26-0 loss to the Seahawks, but he said that he was a heathy scratch.  The Bears might be dealing Young.

Season Stats: 2 tackles


Russell Wilson played his best game of the 2015 season in the Seahawks 26-0 win over the Bears.  He was 20 of 30 for 235 yards and a touchdown.  His QB Rating was 101.4.  The Seahawks are 27-2 at home with Wilson as their starter.

Season Stats: 692 yards, 70.3%, 4 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 94.2 QB Rating, 137 yards rushing, 5.7 yards per carry

Philip Rivers was 21 of 34 for 246 yards, with 1 touchdown and 1 interception in the Chargers 31-14 loss to the Vikings.  His QB rating was 81.2.

Season Stats: 890 yards, 74.5%, 5 TDs, 4 int, 100.5 QB Rating

Mike Glennon didn’t play in the Bucs 19-9 loss to the Texans.


Steven Hauschka tallied 14 points in Seattle’s 26-0 win over Chicago.  He connected on all of his field goals (31, 21, 45 & 48) and both PAT’s.

Season Stats: 8 of 8 field goal attempts, 3 of 3 PAT attempts, 27 points

Defensive Back

Dontae Johnson had 2 tackles and 2 pass deflections in the 49ers 47-7 loss to the Cardinals.  Johnson was targeted 5 times and only allowed 1 reception for 22 yards.  On the year, he has been targeted 8 times and has only allowed 3 receptions for 80 yards and a QB rating or 75.

Season Stats: 5 tackles and 2 pass deflections

David Amerson had 3 tackles in his first game as an Oakland Raider.  They defeated the Browns 27-20.

Season Stats: 3 tackles

Defensive Line

Defensive End Mario Williams didn’t record a tackle in the Bills 41-14 crushing of the Dolphins.  He did have a QB hit.

Season Stats: 3 tackles, 1 sack, 3 QB Hits

Defensive Tackle Markus Kuhn didn’t play for the 2nd straight week with a sprained knee.  The Giants defeated the Redskins 32-21.

Season Stats: 1 tackle & 1 tackle for loss

Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill was inactive for the second straight week.  The Colts beat the Titans 35-33.

Wide Receiver

Jerricho Cotchery didn’t play in the Panthers 27-22 victory over the Saints due to a high ankle sprain.

Season Stats: 5 receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown.

Offensive Line

Guard Ted Larsen started for the Cardinals in their 47-7 dismantling of the 49ers.  Larsen has started in all three games thus far.

Guard J.R. Sweezy started for the Seahawks in their 26-0 victory over the Bears.  Sweezy has started in all three games thus far.


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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8 years ago

Rivers should have forced a trade. He is going nowhere with the worst offensive line in the league. Also his weird throwing motion means that as he has gotten older all the zip has been lost on that throw. His long balls will have 50% chance of being picked off because they float.

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Former NC State G Terquavion Smith Earns a Spot on the 2023-23 NBA G-League All-Rookie Team



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As a 2-way player, Smith also played 16 games for the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 3.3 points in 5.3 minutes per game. He shot 37.1% from three.

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NC State LB Payton Wilson Visited with the Steelers Yesterday



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Will someone take Wilson in the 1st round? Will he be a 2nd round pick? If he slips past that, that’s just stupid.



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NC State’s DJ Horne Declares for the NBA Draft



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Horne is trying to become the first Wolfpack player to be drafted since Dennis Smith Jr. was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the 6th pick in the 1st Round.

While Horne might not currently be projected to be drafted, he is trying to change that tune at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament which begins tomorrow.

Horne is a special player, and genuinely possesses the skill set to compete at the next level. Whether he is drafted, or signs a 2-way contract, what he put on tape this year warrants a chance.

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Former NC State Defensive End Savion Jackson is Receiving Interest from NFL Teams



Former NC State Defensive End Savion Jackson is receiving interest from NFL teams. Thus far, those teams are the Rams, Chargers, 49ers, and Broncos.

Last season as a Senior, Jackson had 40 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks in 12 games for the Wolfpack. His Run Defense grade on PFF was 80.6, ranking 4th on the team.

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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