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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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WATCH: Trea Turner sets Nationals record with 40th steal, eyes 20/40 club

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Former NC State SS Trea Turner is having himself some kind of season for the Washington Nationals.

Just last night, the 4th year star swiped his 40th bag.

That makes two consecutive years with 40 steals, and that sets a Nationals record.

What makes it even sweeter is that Turner’s steal came after he was just hit in the head by a pitch…

Now that he eclipsed the 40 steal mark (which leads the majors) he is eying 20 homers. However, with only 10 games left to play, Turner needs to leave the yard 3 more times. That would put him in the elite ranks of the 20/40 club.

“I try to take pride in everything I do,” Turner said. “To be able to lead in any category whatever it might be–maybe not strikeouts–I think is an accomplishment.” (Washington Post)

We’ll bee keeping close tabs on the former Wolfpacker as he continues to climb his way into the Nationals’ record books.

 

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Bradley Chubb is the Highest Graded Top-10 Pick Through 2 Games

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We are through 2 weeks of the 2018 NFL season, and former NC State All-American Defensive End Bradley Chubb has lived up to the hype. His ProFootballFocus grade of 76.6 through 2 games is the highest of any player drafted in the Top-10 of this summer’s draft.

2018 SEASON GRADE: 76.6
Through two games, Chubb has played 102 of his team’s 122 defensive snaps and has produced eight total quarterback pressures from his 49 snaps as a pass-rusher. As productive as he’s been as a pass-rusher, Chubb’s best work has come against the run, where he’s already tallied four defensive stops – the most among rookie edge defenders. (PFF)

Chubb has adjusted well to the switch to Linebacker, and he’s only scratching the surface.

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NC State in the NFL 2018 Week 2 Recap

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Week 2 of the 2018 NFL season is in the bag, and 10 former NC State players were active. Here’s a breakdown of their performances.

QB Philip Rivers (Starter) was 23 of 27 for 256 yards and 3 touchdowns (no interceptions) in the Chargers 31-20 victory over the Bills. His QB Rating was an absurd 143.2.

RB Nyheim Hines scored his 1st career NFL touchdown (8-yards), helping the Colts beat the Redskins 21-9. He finished the game with 4 carries for 7 yards, and 1 reception for -2 yards.

Quarterback Russell Wilson (Starter) has had a rough start to the 2018 season, as have the Seahawks. Yesterday he was 23 of 36 for 226 yards and 2 touchdowns (1 interception that went for a pick-six) in the Seahawks 17-24 loss to the Bears. His QB Rating was 86.1. Wilson has been sacked 6 times in each of the first two games in 2018.

Linebacker Bradley Chubb (Starter) had 3 tackles in the Broncos 20-19 victory over the Raiders.

Defensive Tackle Justin Jones had 1 tackle for the Chargers as a reserve in their 31-20 win over the Bills.

Defensive End BJ Hill (Starter) started for the Giants 13-20 loss to the Cowboys, but didn’t record any stats.

Ted Larsen (Starter) started at Center for the Miami Dolphins in their 20-12 victory over the New York Jets. Larsen has seen action in both games this season, but this was his first start.

Joe Thuney (Starter) started at Left Guard for the Patriots as usual, and the Pats suffered an unexpected loss to the Jaguars 20-31.

Offensive Guard JR Sweezy (Starter) started once again for the Seahawks in their 17-24 loss to the Bears.

Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (Starter) was connected on both of his field goal (40 and 43) attempts and extra point attempts in the Bill’s 20-31 loss to the Chargers.

Inactive
Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels (healthy)
Jets CB Juston Burris (healthy)
Packers S Josh Jones (ankle injury)
Chargers DT T.Y. McGill
Colts QB Jacoby Brissett (healthy)
Cardinals QB Mike Glennon (healthy)
Jaguars OT Will Richardson
Seahawks CB Dontae Johnson (IR)

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Making the Case for Bill Cowher’s Hall of Fame Induction

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Three former NC State players were among the 102 Modern-Era Nominees for the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class released Friday.

Wide Receiver Torry Holt
Safety Adrian Wilson
Head Coach Bill Cowher

I’ve already made a case for the Holt and Wilson belonging in the Hall of Fame, and in this piece I will make the case for Bill Cowher landing in Canton, Ohio with the rest of the greats.

The former NC State linebacker was the head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers for 15 seasons, compiling a record 161-91-1. His 161 career wins ranks 19th in NFL history. Cowher led the Steelers to a 149-90 record in regular season play, and his 149 wins are the 10th most regular season wins by a head coach in NFL history.

His career winning percentage of 61.9% ranks 18th all-time.

Cowher is one of only 23 coaches in NFL history to lead teams to more than one Super Bowl. In 1996, Cowher, at the age of 38, became the youngest coach to lead their team to a Super Bowl. The Steelers lost to the Cowboys 27-17 in Super Bowl XXX. Ten years later, Cowher once again made it to the Super Bowl, and this time he walked away with the Lombardi trophy. The Steelers defeated the Seahawks 21-10 in Super Bowl XL. The fact that the Steelers were the #6 seed makes Cowher’s Super Bowl victory that much more impressive. Only two #6 seeds in this history of the NFL have gone on to win the Super Bowl.

In 15 seasons as the head coach of the Steelers, Cowher led them to 8 divisional titles (1 of only 6 coaches to claim 7+ divisional titles) and 10 playoff appearances.

Conclusion

This marks the 5th time that Cowher has been nominated, but he has yet to be a semi-finalist. Cowher’s detractor’s point to his 2-4 record in the AFC Championship game, and point to what could have been. I understand that, but he is one of only 23 coaches in NFL history to win 2 Conference Championships. I expect Mike Shanahan and Tom Coughlin to make it in before Cowher. They both have have more career wins, and won 2 Super Bowls (Coughlin won’t be eligible until 2020). I could also see Mike Holmgren going in before Cowher. He also won one Super bowl, but went to 3, and has more career wins. It’s worth noting that Cowher’s career winning percentage is better than all three of the above mentioned coaches. It might not be this year, but I believe Cowher deserves to be in the Hall of Fame one day.

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