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NC State’s NFL 2018 Week 1 Preseason Report: 8/9/18



Last night, 19 former NC State football players suited up in the first week of the 2018 NFL Preseason. Here’s a breakdown of how they did.

Browns 20 Giants 10

Former NC State running back Matt Dayes rushed the ball three times for 13 yards for the Browns.

Former Wolfpack defensive tackle BJ Hill had 1 tackle for the Giants.

Colts 19 Seahawks 17

Former NC State quarterback Jacoby Brissett completed 6 of his 8 pass attempts for 35 yards for the Colts.

Former Wolfpack running back Nyheim Hines rushed the ball three times for 7 yards for the Colts. Unfortunately, Hines also fumbled the ball twice, but neither resulted in turnovers. He also returned a kickoff for 6 yards, and 5 punts for 3 yards.

Former NC State quarterback Russell Wilson completed 4 of his 5 pass attempts for 43 yards, throwing one touchdown for the Seahawks. He also rushed the ball twice for 14 yards.

Former Wolfpack cornerback Dante Johnson and offensive lineman JR Sweezy didn’t see action for the Seahawks.

Steelers 31 Eagles 14

Former NC State H-Back Jaylen Samuels rushed the ball 6 times for 7 yards for the Steelers. He also had 1 reception for 1 yard.

Saints 24 Jaguars 20

Former NC State tight end David Grinnage didn’t record any stats for the Jaguars last night, but he did see action as a reserve.

Former Wolfpack Offensive Tackle Will Richardson didn’t suit up for the Jaguars because of an injured hand.

I couldn’t determine if former NC State offensive guard Tony Adams played for the Jacksonville last night.

Bucs 26 Dolphins 24

Former Wolfpack cornerback Jonathan Alston recorded 1 tackle for the Dolphins last night.

Former NC State center Ted Larsen played as a reserve last night for Miami.

Patriots 26 Redskins 18

Former Wolfpack linebacker Jerod Fernandez was impressive in his NFL debut, recording 6 tackles for the Redskins.

Former NC State offensive tackle Joe Thuney started for the Patriots last night.

Packers 31 Titans 17

Former Wolfpack safety Josh Jones played as a reserve for the Packers, but didn’t record any stats.

Chiefs 10 Texans 17

Former NC State cornerback David Amerson and defensive tackle TY McGill both played as reserves for the Chiefs, but didn’t record any stats.

Bills 23 Panthers 28

Former Wolfpack place kicker Steven Hauschka connected on his one field goal attempt from 26 yards out, and also was 2 for 2 on extra points for the Bills.


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Garrett Bradbury Set to Play Center for Vikings



When Minnesota drafted former NC State Consensus All-American Garrett Bradbury with the 18th overall pick last month, there was debate whether he would continue to play Center at the next level, or get shifted somewhere else on the line.

Well, it looks like the debate is over before there was a chance to have one.

Bradbury played center at North Carolina State and lined up there with the media watching at Wednesday organized team activity.

Pat Elflein had been the starting center, but he’s now at left guard.

“I’m just focusing on left guard,” Elflein said, via the Pioneer Press. “It feels great. I played there in college. That was always one of my things. Just being able to play both positions.”


Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is looking forward to taking snaps from Bradbury for quite some time.

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Torin Dorn Participates in Agent Pro Day in Phoenix



Former NC State Forward Torin Dorn worked out at an Agent Pro Day in Phoenix today in front of NBA Scouts and executives, along with two other former Wolfpacker’s: Cody and Caleb Martin (Transferred to Nevada).

Dorn impressed at the Portsmouth Invitational a month ago.

I would be shocked to see Dorn drafted, but workouts like these could help him get an invite to the NBA Summer League or get a G-League contract.

Dorn has always defied the odds, as he so perfectly laid out in the tweet below accompanied by a highlight reel.

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Josh Jones Wants Packers to Trade Him



Former NC State Safety Josh Jones wants to be traded from the Packers according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.

According to Demovsky, Jones is skipping voluntary OTA’s, and working out on his own in Florida.

I’m guessing Jones didn’t appreciate Green Bay drafting Safety Darnell Savage in the 1st Round a month ago, with the 21st overall pick.

Obviously Jones would like to be traded to a team where he can start, but there are plenty of other Safeties on the market.

Jones was drafted by the Packers with the 61st overall pick, in the 2nd Round of the 2017 NFL Draft, after leaving NC State after his Junior year.


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Arizona Cardinals give Adrian Wilson a Promotion



Former NC State Safety Adrian Wilson has received a promotion in the Arizona Cardinals organization.

For the past 4 years, Wilson has served as a pro/college scout, but recently was promoted to Director of Pro Scouting.

After playing three seasons at NC State, Wilson was drafted in the third round by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2001 NFL draft

Wilson played 12 seasons for the Cardinals, and is in their Ring of Honor, and was on the Hall of Fame ballot last year for the first time, and I made the case last year that he deserves to join the club one day.

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