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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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NC State’s 2018 NFL Preseason Week 2 Report: 8/20/18



Last night two former NC State football players suited up together for the Indianapolis Colts in their 19-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens to close out Week 2 of the NFL 2018 Preseason.

Andrew Luck is still shaking off the rust, but former Wolfpack quarterback Jacoby Brissett (3rd Season) looked the part of a starter, completing 14 of his 23 pass attempts for 172 yards.

In an interesting turn of events, it was reported earlier that the Seattle Seahawks offered a 2nd round pick for Brissett, but Colts GM Chris Ballard is denying it.

While Brissett shined, former NC State running back Nyheim Hines (Rookie) continued to struggle holding onto the ball. Hines has now fumbled the ball 4 times in the first two preseason games. He rushed the ball 5 times for 12 yards, and had 1 reception for 9 yards. Hines also returned 4 kickoffs for an average of 23 yards, and 3 punts for an average of 5 yards.

Hines had seemingly snagged the return man duties as a rookie, but with 4 fumbles in the first two preseason games, his grip on that position might be in serious question.

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Seahawks Offered 2nd Round Pick for Jacoby Brissett



According to, the Seattle Seahawks offered the Indianapolis Colts a 2nd round pick for former NC State quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

The Colts rejected the overture, in keeping with owner Jim Irsay’s early August declaration that his organization would not part with “the best backup quarterback in football,” even if the offer was as steep as a first-round pick. (NFL)

The interest in Brissett isn’t new. On the day of the 2018 NFL Draft earlier this year, two teams tried to work out a deal with the Colts for Brissett.

With Andrew Luck injured last season, Brissett played in all 16 games (starting 15). He completed 58.8% of his passes for 3,098 yards, throwing 13 touchdowns compared to 7 interceptions.

Under Brissett’s rookie contract, he will earn $735,076 for 2018 and is scheduled to earn $890,114 in 2019.

Though Luck is back in the fold, his health is far from a guarantee. The Colts are wanting to keep the best insurance possible, and they believe that’s found in Brissett, who they think is the best backup quarterback in the NFL, and he comes at a low cost.

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NC State’s 2018 NFL Preseason Week 2 Report: 8/18/18



Week 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason continued last night with 7 more games, and 9 former NC State players were represented.

Broncos 24 Bears 23

Linebacker Bradley Chubb (Rookie), got the start once again, and had 4 tackles, including a sack on former UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky that resulted in a safety.

Chargers 24 Seahawks 14

Quarterback Russell Wilson (7th season) completed 13 of his 21 passes for 193 yards for Seattle.

Cornerback Dontae Johnson (5th season) picked up 1 tackle as a reserve for the Seahawks last night.

Offensive Guard JR Sweezy (6th season) didn’t play for the second straight week for Seattle.

Quarterback Philip Rivers (15th season) completed 6 of his 7 pass attempts for 62 yards for the Chargers.

Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (Rookie) was out for the 2nd straight week with an injured ankle.

Jaguars 14 Vikings 10

Tight End David Grinnage (3rd season) played as a reserve for the Jags, but didn’t record any stats.

Offensive Guard Tony Adams (Rookie) didn’t play for the Jaguars last night. He did play as a reserve in week 1.

Offensive Tackle Will Richardson (Rookie) played as a reserve for the Jags, after not seeing the field the week before with a hand injury.

Cornerback Jack Tocho (2nd Season) played as a reserve for the Vikings, but didn’t record any stats.


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Trea Turner’s power / speed combo puts him in MLB history books



Former NC State (and current Washington Nationals) SS, Trea Turner, is having what has become a historic season.

So why hasn’t there been more hype around the 25-year-old?

Well, last year in an injury-shortened season (412 ABs), Turner was on an even torrid pace. He batted .284, hit 11 HRs and stole 46 bases. That was coming off a 2016 season where, in just 324 ABs he hit an insane .342 with 33 HRs and 33 steals.

Those type of numbers have made some see his 2018 numbers as a sort of letdown.

After last night’s big game (2-5, HR, 3 RBIs) Turner is hitting .268 with 15 HRs in 504 ABs. He’s also stolen 32 bases. While he’s shown a better pace in the past, the current pace is actually good enough to land him in the MLB record books.

Trea Turner is already showing historic power/speed combo numbers, but his past numbers show, this might just be the beginning of what is possible for the young SS.

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