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

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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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NC State in the NFL 2018 Week 10 Recap

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Week 10 of the 2018 NFL season is in the bag, and 12 former NC State players were active. Here’s a breakdown of their performances.

Quarterback Russell Wilson (Starter) was dangerous with his arm and his legs in the Seahawks 36-31 loss to the Rams. Wilson completed 17 of his 26 passes for 176 yards (123.2 QB Rating) and 3 touchdowns (0 interceptions). He also rushed for 92 yards, a season-high.

Quarterback Philip Rivers (Starter) led the Chargers to their 6th straight win, defeating the Raiders 20-6 on Sunday. Rivers was 18 of 26 for 223 yards (105.1 QB Rating) and 2 touchdowns (1 interception).

QB Philip Rivers (9 consecutive games) joins Aaron Rodgers (13 games in 2011) and Tom Brady (10 in 2007) as the only QBs in NFL history with 2+ TD passes & a 95+ rating in each of his team’s 1st 9 games to begin a season. (NFL)

Running Back Jaylen Samuels had 5 carries for 7 yards and 3 receptions for 22 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers 52-21 victory over the Panthers . The touchdown was the first of his career. Samuels played 31% of Pittsburgh’s offensive snaps.


Defensive Tackle Justin Jones had 2 tackles and his first career sack (0.5) of his career in the Chargers 20-6 victory over the Raiders on Sunday. Jones played in 11 snaps (17% of the defensive snaps).

Defensive End BJ Hill (Starter) had 4 tackles in the Giants 27-23 victory over the 49ers on Monday Night Football last night.

Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill played in his first game with the Eagles on Sunday, and his first game since Week 13 last year with the Cleveland Browns. McGill played 15 snaps (22% of the defensive snaps), and had 1 QB Hurry in the Eagles 26-20 loss to the Cowboys.

Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (Starter) connected on both of his field goal attempts (54 & 31) and all 5 of his PAT attempts in the Bills 41-7 victory over the Jets.

Left Guard Joe Thuney’s (Starter) start string continues, starting in his 48th straight game in the Patriots 34-10 loss to the Titans Sunday. He played 100% of the Patriots’ offensive snaps.

Left Guard JR Sweezy (Starter) started for the Seahawks in their 36-31 loss to the Rams. He has started all 9 games for Seattle this year, and played 100% of the offensive snaps on Sunday.

Running Back Nyheim Hines had 3 carries for 3 yards, and 3 receptions for 19 yards in the Colts 29-26 victory over the Jaguars. Hines played in 36% of the Colts offensive snaps (20).

Running Back Matt Dayes was activated from the Practice Squad by the 49ers yesterday, and played 12 special teams snaps and 1 snap at running back in San Francisco’s 27-23 loss to the Giants last night.

After starting the past two weeks, Tight End David Grinnage played only 6 offensive snaps in the Jaguars 29-26 loss to the Colts.

Inactive
Miami Dolphins Left Guard Ted Larsen (neck)

Did Not Play
Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Mike Glennon
Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Jacoby Brissett

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Cleveland Browns Cornerback Juston Burris

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49ers Activate Matt Dayes Before MNF

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After being drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 7th round of the 2017 NFL Draft, former NC State running back Matt Dayes was waived by the Browns after one season on September 1st. After working out for the Jaguars and the Lions, Dayes decided to sign on with the 49ers after working out for them on October 12th, joining their practice squad.

News broke today that the 49er’s have activated Dayes, bringing him up to the 53-man roster for their Monday Night Football matchup with the Giants.

Dayes will be wearing #43 for the Niners.

San Francisco was thin at running back after Raheem Mostert broke his arm. Dayes should serve as the backup to Matt Breida and Alfred Morris.

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TJ Warren Shined in Return to Starting Lineup Against Celtics

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Former NC State ACC Player of the Year TJ Warren returned to the starting lineup on Thursday night, and he quickly reminded the Suns why he belongs in that role.

Warren scored a season-high 29 points, and grabbed 7 rebounds. TJ made 9 of his 17 field goal attempts, and was 3 of 4 from deep.

After starting 124 of the 131 games he’s played in the past 2 seasons, Warren started this season coming off of the bench (has started 3 games). This coming after starting every game he played in last season, averaging 19.6 points per game.

Phoenix Head Coach Igor Kokoskov hasn’t officially given the starting job back to Warren, stating that Warren and Ryan Anderson will rotate as starters depending on the matchup.

Maybe it’s the dreads, but Warren’s accuracy from three to start the season could be what solidifies him as a starter in Phoenix. Through 10 games, he is shooting 50% from three-Point land (15-30).

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Jaylen Samuels Scores 1st Career NFL Touchdown On Hometown Team

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Former NC State Swiss Army Knife Jaylen Samuels scored his 1st career NFL touchdown last night against his hometown Panthers, in Pittsburgh’s 52-21 crushing of Carolina.

Samuels finished the night with 5 carries for 7 yards, and 3 receptions (4 targets) for 21 yards and a touchdown.

JaySam is the all-time leader in receptions at NC State, and Pittsburgh used him for the first time in the passing game last night, picking up his first career target, reception, and touchdown reception.

Samuels played in 29% of the offensive snaps.

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