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Former NC State S Josh Jones Out For Packers in Week 1

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Former NC State Safety Josh Jones is officially out for the Packers matchup against the Bears tonight.

Jones played 16 snaps in the Packers 4th preseason game, but hurt his ankle afterwards, and didn’t practice all week long.

In 2017, Jones played the second most snaps on the Packers Defense, but enters 2018 as the 2nd string Safety behind Kentrell Brice. The good news for Jones is that he knows what position he’s playing this year. Last year, Jones was moved back and forth from Safety to Linebacker, but the Packers have committed to playing Jones strictly at Safety this season.

Jones played in all 16 games for the Packers last season (starting 7), racking up 71 tackles, 2 sacks, 5 pass breakups and 1 interception.

It is unknown how severe Jones’ ankle injury is, but what we do know is he won’t play tonight.

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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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WATCH: Nyheim Hines uses a spin move to score his first NFL touchdown

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During training camp, it seemed as if former Wolfpack RB Nyheim Hines would be seeing a decent number of snaps in his rookie campaign. However, a preseason fumbling problem cast doubt on his role with the Colts.

Now, after 2 weeks, it seems as if the Colts staff is looking past those fumbles and giving him a chance to shine in the regular season.

Last week Hines had the most surprising performance of any Pack pro. He was 3rd on the depth chart heading into the game, and he ended up playing 37 snaps and was targeted in 14 of them. Hines had 5 carries for 19 yards and 7 receptions (9 targets) for 33 yards in the Colts 23-24 loss to the Bengals.

This week, while he didn’t have quite as much usage, Hines did finally hit pay dirt. His 4 carries only went for 7 yards, but one of them was this nifty little touchdown run. Check it out…

Stay tuned as we’ll have a full Week 2 update on all Pack Pros.

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Making the Case for Adrian Wilson’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

In this piece, I will make the case that former NC State Safety Adrian Wilson deserves to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This is the first year that Wilson was eligible to be nominated (has to be 5 years after retirement).

(Technically the last season Wilson played was 2012, but he missed the 2013 season on the Injured Reserve with the Patriots, and was signed by the Bears in 2014, but was cut before the beginning of the season.)

I already made the case that former NC State All-American Wide Receiver Torry Holt should finally be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2019.

Adrian Wilson finished his NFL career (12 seasons) with 886 tackles, 27 interceptions, 25.5 sacks, 14 forced fumbles, 8 fumble recoveries and 4 defensive touchdowns.

If you look at the 12 years he played in the NFL, and dissect the stats of all of the Strong Safeties that played during that time, you could make a strong case for Wilson being one of the best, if not the best, to play the position while he was suiting up.

During those 12 seasons (all with the Arizona Cardinals), he ranked 1st among Strong Safeties in tackles and interceptions, 2nd in interceptions, 2nd in defensive touchdowns, 4th in forced fumbles, and 5th in fumble recoveries.

Accolades

Pro Bowl 5x (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

1st Team All-Pro in 2009 & 2nd Team All-Pro in 2006 & 2008

Super Bowl

Wilson helped lead the Cardinals to Super Bowl XLIII, where they lost to the Steelers 24-27. The 2008 Super Bowl appearance is the only one in the history of the Cardinals history while being in Arizona.

25/25 Club Member

Wilson is one of only 6 players in NFL history, regardless of position, to finish their NFL Career with 25 sacks and 25 interceptions

Ray Lewis – 31 interceptions and 41.5 sacks
Ronde Barber – 47 interceptions and 28 sacks
Rodney Harrison – 34 interceptions and 30.5 sacks
William Thomas – 27 interceptions and 37 sacks
Brian Dawkins – 37 interceptions and 26 sacks
Adrian Wilson – 27 interceptions and 25.5 sacks

When it comes to NFL history, that is an elite club to be a part of.

Conclusion

Wilson won’t be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. This is Holt’s 5th year being nominated, and he has been a semi-finalist each of the 4 times prior. It’s not easy for a Safety to make it into the Hall, and if he ever makes it in, it will likely be numerous years before it happens. With that being said, Wilson’s numbers speak for themselves. He was one of the best to play the position during his era.

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