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NC State NFL Week 1 Depth Chart Report

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The 2018 NFL season officially kicks off tonight, but before it does, here’s a breakdown of where the 17 former NC State players (7 starters) currently on 53-man rosters sit on their respective depth charts.

Quarterback Philip Rivers is entering his 15th season, and all of them have been with the Chargers, and has started every game for Los Angeles since 2006, after being drafted with the 4th overall pick in 2004. Rivers is a 7-time Pro Bowler, and has led the NFL in Passing Yards (2010), Passing Touchdowns (2008), Passer Rating (2008), and Completion Percentage (2013). His 50,348 career passing yards ranks 9th all-time in NFL history.

Quarterback Russell Wilson is entering his 7th season, and all of them have been with the Seattle Seahawks, who drafted him in the 3rd round (75th pick) of the 2012 draft. He has started every single game for Seattle since entering the league. Wilson has led Seattle to 2 Super Bowls in 6 seasons, taking home the Lombardi trophy in 2014. He is a 4-time Pro Bowler, and has led the NFL in passing touchdowns (2017) and passer rating (2015) in single seasons.

Joe Thuney is the starting Left Guard for the New England Patriots, and has started every game since being drafted by them in the third round in 2016.

Rookie Bradley Chubb is Denver’s starting Strongside Linebacker, on the other side of sensation Von Miller. The Broncos drafted Chubb with the 5th overall pick in this summers NFL Draft. Chubb is making the switch from defensive end to linebacker.

Rookie BJ Hill enters his first NFL game as a starting defensive end for the New York Giants in their 3-4 scheme. Hill is making the transition from defensive tackle to defensive end.

Dontae Johnson is entering his 5th year, and his first season in Seattle. After starting all 16 games last season for the 49ers, Johnson enters 2018 as the starting right cornerback for the Seahawks. Through 4 seasons, he has played in 63 games, starting in 22 of them (158 tackles and 2 interceptions). The 49ers drafted Johnson in the 4th round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Steven Hauschka is entering his 11th NFL season, and this year is his first year as the starter for the Buffalo Bills. He currently has the 8th most career total points amongst active NFL kickers.

Jacoby Brissett is entering his 3rd season in the NFL, and is the backup quarterback to Andrew Luck for the Colts. He started 15 games for Indianapolis last season while Luck was hurt, and is one of the most coveted backup quarterbacks in the NFL, but the Colts don’t want to give him up.

Josh Jones is entering his 2nd season after being drafted by Green Bay in the 2nd round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He enters 2018 as the 2nd string Safety behind Kentrell Brice. In his first season he played in all 16 games, and started 7 (71 tackles & 1 interception).

Ted Larsen is entering his 9th season in the NFL, and his 2nd year in Miami. Larsen enters 2018 as the 2nd string Left Guard behind Josh Sitton. Throughout 8 seasons, he has played in 110 career games, and started in 73. Larsen was drafted by the Patriots in the 6th round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Rookie Will Richardson enters his 1st season as the 2nd string Right Tackle for the Jaguars behind Jermey Parnell. Jacksonville drafted him with in the 4th round of this years NFL Draft.

JR Sweezy is entering his 7th season (missed one whole season due to injury), and he is back with Seattle after spending the past two years in Tampa Bay. He enters 2018 as the Seahawks 2nd string Right Guard behind DJ Fluker. Through 5 active seasons, Sweezy has played 73 games, and has started 63 of them. The Seahawks drafted Sweezy in the 7th round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Rookie Justin Jones enters 2018 as the 2nd string Defensive Tackle for the Chargers behind Darius Philon. Los Angeles drafted Jones in the 3rd round this summer.

Rookie Jaylen Samuels enters 2018 as the 2nd string running back behind James Conner, due to Le’Veon Bell refusing to sign his Franchise Tag. Samuels was drafted in the 5th round by Pittsburgh in this summers NFL Draft.

Juston Burris is entering his 3rd season after being drafted in the 4th round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Jets, and he is still with New York. Burris enters 2018 as their 3rd string cornerback. Through 2 seasons, Burris has seen action in 30 games (2 starts), and has recorded 37 tackles and 2 interceptions.

TY McGill is entering his 4th season in the league after going undrafted in 2015. After being waived by the Chiefs a few weeks back, the Chargers claimed him, and he is their 3rd string defensive tackle. In 3 seasons, McGill has played in 28 games (18 tackles & 5 sacks).

Mike Glennon is entering his 6th season in the NFL, and his first in Arizona. He enters 2018 as the Cardinals 3rd string quarterback behind Sam Bradford and Josh Rosen. In 5 seasons, Glennon has played in 25 games, starting in 22 of them. Tampa Bay selected Glennon in the 3rd round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Rookie Nyneim Hines enters 2018 as the 3rd string running back and 3rd string kickoff returner for the Colts. Indianapolis drafted him in then 4th round this summer.

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Joe Thuney Wins 2nd Super Bowl Ring!

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The New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII last night, giving former NC State All-American Offensive Lineman Joe Thuney his second Super Bowl ring.

Thuney made NFL history last night, becoming the first player to start in 3 Super Bowls in their first 3 seasons.

He has been a rock of consistency at offensive guard for the Pats ever since they drafted him in the 3rd round of the 2016 NFL Draft, starting every single game since day one…51 straight games.

Thuney joins Mike Cofer and Perry Williams as the only players in NC State history to win 2 Super Bowls.

Joe Thuney – LI & LIII – Offensive Guard – New England Patriots
Mike Cofer – XXIII & XXIV – Kicker – San Francisco 49ers
Perry Williams – XXI & XXV – Cornerback – New York Giants

His 3 Super Bowl appearances are the 2nd most in NC State history.

Jim Ritcher – 4
Joe Thuney – 3
Mike Cofer – 2
Perry Williams – 2
Mike Jones – 2
Torry Holt – 2
Russell Wilson – 2
J.R. Sweezy – 2
Steven Hauschka – 2
(Bill Cowher – 2 – as a head coach)

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Former NC State ROY Dennis Smith Jr has been Traded to the New York Knicks

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Dennis Smith Jr., former NC State ACC Freshman of the Year, has officially been traded to the New York Knicks.

It’s fitting that Smith landed in New York, considering he just dropped his 2nd career triple-double in Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.

After it was all said and done, the Knicks will have roughly $71 million in salary cap space heading into the summer, which could pay two max salary players to package with Dennis.

Top targets: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard.

The buzz around Durant has been that New York might be his most likely destination.

Through 101 games over the past two seasons with the Mavericks, Smith finished his time there averaging 14.5 points and 4.9 assists.

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Former NC State WR Alvis Whitted Named Wide Receivers Coach for Green Bay Packers

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Former NC State Wide Receiver Alvis Whitted has been named the Wide Receivers Coach for the Green Bay Packers.

Whitted has spent the past 9 seasons as the Wide Receivers Coach at Colorado State, developing 3 All-Americans in that span (Michael Gallup, Rashard Higgins, and Preston Williams).

Prior to becoming a coach, Whitted spent 9 years as a wide receiver himself in the NFL, spending 4 years with the Jacksonville Jaguars (who drafted him in the 7th round of the 1998 NFL Draft, with the 192nd overall pick), and 5 with the Oakland Raiders.

He finished his NFL career with 74 receptions for 1,030 yards and 6 touchdowns.

At NC State, Whitted compiled 29 receptions for 461 yards.

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Nate McMillan is the 26th Coach in NBA History to Win 600 Games

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Former NC State Guard Nate McMillan became the 26th coach in NBA history to win 600 regular season games this week.

McMillan played 2 years at NC State, and was a captain for the 1985-86 squad. Despite only 2 years worth of stats, McMillan ranks 9th all-time in assists, and ranks 5th in assist-to-turnover ratio.

In 1986, McMillan was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 30th pick in the 2nd round.

McMillan played 12 seasons in the NBA, all for Seattle. He ranks 2nd all-time in assists in SuperSonics history. Seattle retired his #10 jersey on March 24th, 1999.

He has spent the past 2o years coaching, with 15 of those being as a head coach.

McMillan is in his 3rd year as the head coach of the Indiana Pacers.

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