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Here’s the NC State NFL Report for Week 6 of the NFL season.  Below we breakdown the performance of each of the former Wolfpack players in the NFL.


Philip Rivers set the Chargers single season record for attempts, completions, and passing yards on Sunday.  He was 43 of 65 for 503 yards with 2 touchdowns in San Diego’s 27-20 loss to the Packers.  Rivers’ QB rating was 99.7.  Sadly, he is now the only quarterback in NFL history to throw for 500 yards with no interceptions and lose.

Season Stats: 2,116 passing yards, 70%, 12 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 102.8 QB Rating

Russell Wilson was 18 of 30 for 241 yards and 1 touchdown in the Seahawks 27-24 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.  His QB Rating was 96.7.  Wilson also rushed 8 times for 53 yards.

Season Stats: 1,433 passing yards, 68.9%, 7 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, 98.7 QB Rating, 251 rushing yards, 5.6 yards per carry


Stephen Tulloch led the Lions with 13 tackles in their 37-34 victory over the Bears.

Season Stats: 48 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery

Audie Cole saw action as a reserve in the Vikings 16-10 victory over the Chiefs, but failed to record any stats.

Season Stats: 1 Tackle

Manny Lawson had his best game of the season on Sunday, recording 8 tackles (1 TFL) in the Bills 34-21 loss to the Bengals.

Season Stats: 15 tackles and 1 tackle for loss

Willie Young started for the second straight game, but didn’t record any stats in the Bears 37-34 loss to the Lions.

Season Stats: 3 tackles, 1 sack

Nate Irving didn’t play in the Colt’s 34-27 loss to the Patriots on Sunday night because of his knee.


Steven Hauschka connected on all 3 of his field goal attempts (30, 43, 50) in Sunday’s 27-24 loss to the Panthers.  He also connected on both of his PAT attempts.

Season Stats: 14/14 FG, 12/12 PAT, 54 points

Defensive Line

Mario Williams had 1 tackle in the Bills 34-21 loss to the Bengals on Sunday.  He expressed frustration with the way he is being used in this new scheme, claiming that he set a record for dropping into coverage on Sunday.

Season Stats: 11 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackles for loss

Wide Receiver

Jerricho Cotchery returned from his ankle injury, and had 2 receptions for 21 yards in the Panthers 27-23 victory over the Seahawks.

Season Stats: 7 receptions, 77 yards, 1 touchdown



Defensive Back


Dontae Johnson had 2 tackles in the 49ers 25-20 victory over the Ravens on Sunday.

Season Stats: 8 tackles and 2 pass deflections

Offensive Line

G J.R. Sweezy has started in all 6 games for the Seahawks this season.

G Ted Larsen was active on Sunday, but didn’t see any action in the Cardinals 25-13 loss to the Steelers.



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



Former NC State Guard Terquavion Smith earned a spot on the 2023-24 NBA G-League All-Rookie Team.

Smith averaged 22.3 points, 3.4 assists and 3 rebounds per game for the Delaware Blue Coats. What’s crazy, is that he only started in 3 of the 36 games he played in. With that being said, he averaged 30.7 minutes per game. Smith shot 35.6% from three.

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



Former NC State Linebacker Payton Wilson had a Top-30 visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday. Wilson is the first Linebacker the Steelers have brought in.

Wilson has already had Top-30 visits with the Dallas Cowboys and the Carolina Panthers.

PFF ranks Wilson as the #1 Linebacker in the 2024 Draft, and #26 on their Big Board.



Wilson has the length, movement ability, IQ and tape of a first-round linebacker. What will likely keep him from being drafted on Day 1 is his injury history and age. If healthy, he can be a starting inside linebacker in any defense. (PFF)

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



NC State Guard DJ Horne has officially declared for the 2024 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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