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NC State NFL Week 1 Depth Chart Report



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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Nyheim Hines Worked at Bojangles on his Bye Week



Former NC State running back Nyheim Hines, and current member of the Colts, spent time working at Bojangles back here in Raleigh during Indianapolis’ bye week.

Zak Keefer of the Indy Star covered the story, and you can and should read it in full here.

Hines knows that the average career of an NFL Rynning Back is 3 years, and he is thinking of his future as a rookie.

If Hines isn’t going to make bank on the gridiron, it’s going to be selling chicken supremes, Cajun fries, dirty rice, tailgate specials, Boberry biscuits, and sweet tea.

“Best fries in the fast food industry,” he boasts. “The chicken’s really good, and they have these things called boberry biscuits. Nothing like them.” (Link)

Hines hopes to own at least 5 Bojangles one day, but he would never envision owning one, without working every area of the restaurant. He doesn’t believe in leading others to do what he is unwilling to do.

As a rookie, Hines has almost 500 yards of offense through 9 games (241 rushing and 202 receiving) with 3 touchdowns. He has grabbed ahold of the 2nd string spot on the Colts depth chart, and looks to have a bright future, due in large part to his versatility. Hines is second on the team in receptions (37), and is only two shy of the team lead (Tight End Eric Ebron).

Hines’ rookie contract is a 4-year deal that is worth a maximum of $3.184 million, but only $724,548 of it is guaranteed. This young man obviously wants to sign a deal when his rookie contract expires, but he is preparing for a future after football.

He is wise beyond his years.


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TJ Warren is Shooting At Steph Curry’s Level



Former NC State ACC Player of the Year TJ Warren entered the season as the Sun’s sixth man, but his hot shooting hand has forced him back into his familiar starting role.

How good is he shooting?

Warren is shooting at Steph Curry’s level.

In fact, heading into his most recent game on Tuesday night, Warren and Curry were the only two players in the NBA shooting 45%+ from three, 49%+ from the field and 90%+ from the free throw line.

Warren has started the past 4 games, and in that stretch, he is averaging 25.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, while shooting 56% from the field, 46% from three, and 100% from the charity stripe.

On the year, Warren is averaging 17.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game (13 games), shooting 50.6% from the field, 46% from three and 92.1% from the stripe.

Tony Buckets put in some serious work in the offseason. For perspective, he shot 22% from three last year, and 75.7% from the free throw line.


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Russell Wilson Leads 21st Game-Winning Drive, Seahawks Beat Packers 27-24



Former NC State Quarterback Russell Wilson recorded yet another game-winning drive last night, leading the Seahawks to a 27-24 victory over the Packers.

With a little over 8 minutes left in the game, Seattle received the kickoff after Green Bay kicked a 36-yard field goal to extend their lead to 24-20.

Wilson proceeded to lead the Seahawks on a 7 play/75-yard drive (3:15), ending in a 15-yard touchdown pass to Tight End Ed Dickson with 5:11 left on the clock. He was 4 of 5 for 73 yards and a touchdown on the drive.

On the night, Russell was 21 of 31 for 225 yards and 2 touchdowns (0 interceptions), with a 110.3 QB Rating.

Since 2012, Wilson has orchestrated 21 game-winning drives in either the 4th quarter or Overtime, which is second only to Matthew Stafford (26). (Tweet)

The Seahawks always feel like they have a chance with the ball in Wilson’s hands at the end of the game. Since the beginning of last season, he’s the best in the business in the 4th.

Here’s a look at Wilson’s 2 touchdowns.

The Seahawks victory kept their playoff hopes alive. They (5-5) currently are right behind the Vikings (5-3-1) for the final Wild Card spot.

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NC State in the NFL 2018 Week 10 Recap



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.

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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