When former NC State great Jaylen Samuels was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2018 NFL Draft, on paper, he was drafted as a running back.
But don’t get it twisted.
Jay Sam will still be a Swiss Army Knife up in Pittsburgh.
“That’s why they drafted me,” Samuels said Thursday at the conclusion of the Steelers final OTA practice of 2018, according to 93.7 The Fan. “When they drafted me, they told me that they was going to be doing a lot of different things with me like N.C. State was. They’re not going to pigeonhole me to just doing one thing like running the ball. So, that’s what I’m doing now. They got me playing in the slot, playing the F position, being able to move around, motion around, catch passes out of the backfield, out of the slot. So, I’m just going to keep working at it, learning the playbook as I go and just get more comfortable.” (Link)
When asked on the challenge of learning the playbook for numerous positions, he said the challenge is nothing new to him.
“Well, I just try to learn from it as concepts,” Samuels said. “If I learn it as concepts, then I learn what everybody else is doing and it makes it easier for my job. That’s kinda what I did in college because they had me playing all over the field. So, I learned it as a concept and not as one position. Whenever somebody goes down and they need me out there, I can hop in and play as fast as the person before me was. So, just show that versatility, being able to catch and run the ball as well.” (Link)
It won’t take long for the rest of the NFL to realize that the Steelers got a steal in Samuels in the 5th round.
VIDEO: Dave Doeren’s Press Conference Before Syracuse
NC State head coach Dave Doeren held his weekly press conference at Noon today. Here’s the full video:
NC State vs. FSU Kickoff Set for 3:30pm
NC State’s homecoming matchup versus Florida State November 3rd has given a kickoff time of 3:30pm on either ESPN2 or ABC. It looks like Noon kickoffs are a thing of the past:)
🚨🚨 Game time alert!! 🚨🚨
Our Homecoming game vs. @FSUFootball will have a 3:30 p.m. kick
— NC State Football (@PackFootball) October 22, 2018
The last time the Wolfpack played in the 3:30 time slot, they beat their arch-nemesis UNC last season 33-21. Last year, NC State was 1-2 in 3:30 games:
Notre Dame – 14-35
Clemson – 31-38
UNC – 33-21
NC State has really struggled in their homecoming games as of late, winning their last one back in 2011 against the 8th ranked Clemson Tigers.
NC State’s Depth Chart vs. Syracuse (with notes)
NC State released their Depth Chart for their matchup against Syracuse at Dave Doeren’s weekly press conference at Noon. While it is identical to last weeks, there are a few notes below.
There were quite a few injuries that occurred in the Wolfpack’s loss to Clemson. Doeren had no update on the status of any of these players specifically, as he will be meeting with the trainer at 3:30 today. The only thing he had to offer was each player was doing “better.”
- Starting Left Guard Terronne Prescod looked like he injured his back in the contest, and only played 41 snaps. A back injury kept him out of the Marshall game.
- Starting Wide Receiver Stephen Louis left the game with what was thought to possibly be a broken leg, but word is that it might not be worst case scenario.
- Running Back Ricky Person played well against the Tigers, but left the contest, and was on the sidelines on crutches. It looked like he re-injured his hamstring.
- Wide Receiver CJ Riley also came up slowly in the contest.
We will have to wait until Thursday to talk to Doeren to see if there are any updates on the status of these 4 players.
NC State Opens as a 1-Point Underdog Against Syracuse
Even prior to NC State’s loss to Clemson, the Wolfpack’s upcoming matchup against Syracuse this Saturday at 7pm on ESPN2 was projected to be a tossup. With the 41-7 loss in the back of Vegas’ mind, the Wolfpack opens as a 1-point underdog against the Orangemen.
- North Carolina State is 7-1 Straight Up in its last 8 games
- North Carolina State is 2-3-1 Against The Spread in its last 6 games on the road
- North Carolina State is 8-3 Straight Up in its last 11 games on the road
- North Carolina State is 6-1 Straight Up in its last 7 games when playing Syracuse (OddShark)
NC State has won their last 4 matchups against Syracuse, and is 2-2 against the spread in those games. The last time the Wolfpack was the underdog against the Orangemen was in 2014, and they turned that into a 7-point victory.
NC State vs. Syracuse Recent History Against The Spread
2017: NC State – 14-point favorite – 33-25
2016: NC State – 7-point favorite – 35-20
2015: NC State – 19.5-point favorite – 42-29
2014: NC State – 2.5 point underdog – 24-17
According to ESPN’s FPI projections, NC State is expected to win the rest of their games after Syracuse.
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