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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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Future with Chargers ‘unclear’ for Philip Rivers after move



NC State legend, Philip Rivers has been a lifelong Charger. He was drafted in 2004 and has spent his entire 15-year career with the same NFL team (which in today’s game is insane). However, it is no secret that his career is winding down and now with the news that Adam Schefter just broke, could it be curtains for this future Hall of Famer?

According to multiple sources, Philip Rivers and his family have permanently moved from San Diego to Florida, but he tells ESPN that he isn’t planning retirement at this point.

“I plan to play football, so yes,” Rivers said on Dec. 29. “Where that is going to be will get sorted out over the next few months. I’ve never been in this position. … I’m very thankful for the 16 years, and if there is another, I’ll be thankful for that.” (ESPN)

Rivers is a free agent and there were questions on what the Chargers were planning to do. He is now 38 years old, coming off a sub-par season and now letting it be known that he and his family have moved. So was the writing on the wall, did Rivers make the Chargers decision for them, or could he come back to the Chargers on a one year deal?

Here are some of the initial reactions…

There had been rumors floating around throughout the season that Rivers may end up with the Dolphins and this move just adds fuel to that fire. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

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Torry Holt is a Finalist for the NFL Hall of Fame



Former NC State Wide Receiver Torry Holt has been named a Modern Era Finalist for the 2020 NFL Hall of Fame Class for the first time. Holt has been a Semi-Finalist the first 5 years he’s been eligible, but this is the first time he made it to the Final 15.

Five of the Fifteen players will make the final cut, who receive at least 80% of the votes.

Holt played 11 seasons, and was a Pro Bowler in 7 of them (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007). He also earned 1st Team All-Pro honors in 2003, and 2nd Team All-Pro honors in 2006.

He led the NFL in receiving yards twice (2000 & 2003) and receptions once (2003)

In 11 seasons, Holt ranked in the Top-10 in receiving yards 8 times (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007), receptions 5 times (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006), and touchdown receptions 4 times (2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006).

He was also a part of “The Greatest Show on Turf” with Kurt Warner throwing the ball to him and Isaac Bruce. They went to 2 Super Bowls, and took home the trophy in 2001.

The only reason Holt hasn’t made it into the Hall of Fame already is because his body didn’t hold on for a couple more seasons. What he did in a shortened career is remarkable, and shouldn’t be denied simply because his career numbers aren’t as high as others.

He was the youngest player to accumulate 10,000 receiving yards, as well as 11,000. Holt’s the only player in NFL history to have over 1,300 receiving yards in 6 straight seasons.

He averaged 77.4 receiving yards per game for his career, which ranks 7th all-time in NFL history.

You could make an argument that for a decade, there was no better receiver in the NFL than Torry Holt. If you are in the conversation for being the best at your position throughout the length of your career, you should be in the Hall of Fame.

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Philip Rivers’ Status for Next Season is Up in the Air



Former NC State Quarterback Philip Rivers just wrapped up his 16th season in the NFL, which have all been played for the Chargers.

Rivers just wrapped up the final year of a 4-year $83.25 million contract, and it wasn’t the shining moment of his career to say the least. His QB Rating of 88.5 for the year marked his second lowest single season rating of his career. His 23 passing touchdowns were the third lowest of his career, with the other two seasons being his first two. Rivers threw 20 interceptions for the 3rd time in his career.

It wasn’t all bad for the former ACC Player of the Year, throwing for 4,615 yards, which ranked 4th in the NFL at a 66.0% clip, which ranked 10th.

Rivers has no plan to retire, but he doesn’t know for sure that he will be back with the Bolts in 2020.

“Yeah, I plan to play football, so yeah,” Rivers said. “Again, where that’s going to be, I think that’s going get sorted out over the next three months, I guess. I’ve never been in this position. I usually don’t even know when the league year starts and when all those things are. We’ll just kind of see. Again, I’m very thankful for 16 years, and if there’s another, I’ll be thankful for that one. But I think just with the uncertainty just comes that unknown.” (NBC)

Chargers GM Tom Telesco hasn’t ruled out the return of Rivers in 2020.

“In a perfect world, No. 17 is your quarterback forever,” Telesco says. “I hope that I’m not offending Dan Fouts when I say that. [Rivers] has meant everything to this organization. You work with different players differently. He has been here for a long time. When I talk with him, he’s a joy to work with. Nobody has a better perspective on what goes on — not only just with him, but with the football team — than he does.”

“I think Philip would say the same thing, there are some plays that he probably definitely wants back, but there are also some throws that he makes still that a lot of quarterbacks in this league can’t make,” Telesco says. “It doesn’t matter how old you are. I think he can still compete at a top-starter level.”

“We need to get removed from the season a little bit,” Telesco says. “Even, right now it’s just way too early. I’ve been out at a couple of games. We just finished the season. We need to take a step back for a little bit of time. We have time. The first day of the league year is March 18. Our players come in April 20. Camp starts in July. We’ll know before July, obviously, but you need some time to kind of let things decompress a little bit.” (SI)

Some NFL Executives speculate that Rivers could end up in Indianapolis, taking the job of another former Wolfpack Quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

NFL executives, via ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, believe that the Colts would explore the option of bringing in Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers if he and the Chargers part ways this offseason. The reasoning is based on Rivers’ past history with Colts head coach Frank Reich, who was the Chargers’ quarterbacks coach during the 2013 season. (CBS)

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Wilson and Thuney make PFF’s 2019 All-Pro Teams



ProFootballFocus has released their 2019 All-Pro Teams, and 2 former NC State football players were honored.

Despite the fact that Lamar Jackson’s destined to win the 2019 NFL MVP Award, PFF put QB Russell Wilson on their 1st Team instead of Jackson.

Lamar Jackson is the presumptive league MVP, and his development this year has been phenomenal, but what Russell Wilson has been able to do while dragging a sub-par offense has been remarkable. Wilson’s grade and PFF WAR has been incredible all season long, and even when the offense cooled down the stretch, he was still making big plays only to be let down by his supporting cast. Wilson finished the year with six more big-time throws than any other quarterback, and he had just 11 turnover-worthy plays to balance those high-end plays. (PFF)

New England Patriots’ Offensive Guard Joe Thuney made the 2nd Team, after being snubbed of the Pro Bowl.

Joe Thuney has played his role in making sure that doesn’t happen. His pressure rate allowed of 2.5% trails only Marshal Yanda and Richie Incognito among all guards with 250 or more pass-blocking snaps this season. (PFF)

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