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NC State in the NFL 2018 Week 1 Recap



Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season is in the bag, and 11 former NC State players were active. Here’s a breakdown of their performances.

QB Philip Rivers (Starter) was 34 of 51 for 424 yards and 3 touchdowns (1 interception) in the Chargers 28-38 loss to the Chiefs. His QB Rating was 103.7 in Week 1.

Had San Diego’s receivers actually been able to resist the urge to drop his passes, Rivers would have thrown for over 600+ yards and 6 touchdowns. Over 5 of the dropped passes would have gone for 30+ yards, and 3 of them would have been touchdowns.

RB Nyheim Hines had the most surprising performance of any Pack Pro in Week 1. Hines was 3rd on the depth chart heading into the game, and he ended up playing 37 snaps, and was targeted in 14 of them. He had 5 carries for 19 yards and 7 receptions (9 targets) for 33 yards in the Colts 23-24 loss to the Bengals. Maybe changing his number from #42 to #21 heading into the opener boosted his confidence.

QB Russell Wilson (Starter) was 19 of 33 for 298 yards and 3 touchdowns (2 interceptions) in the Seahawks 24-27 loss to the Broncos. His QB Rating was 92.7 in Week 1.

Rookie LB Bradley Chubb (Starter) had 3 tackles and 0.5 sacks in the Broncos 27-24 victory over the Seahawks. Chubb’s half-sack was against former Wolfpack quarterback Russell Wilson. He played 54 of the 57 defensive snaps, which was more than any other member of the Broncos front seven.

Rookie DE BJ Hill (Starter) had 4 tackles, including this tackle for loss, in the Giants 15-20 loss to the Jaguars.

Rookie DT Justin Jones had an impressive debut for the Chargers, picking up 3 tackles off the bench.

This comes after not playing a single snap in the preseason due to injury.

LG Joe Thuney (Starter) has started every single game for the Patriots since he was drafted by them, and he did so once again on Sunday when New England defeated Houston 27-20.

RG JR Sweezy (Starter) was 2nd on the depth chart, but DJ Fluker was hurt last week, and the former NC State defensive tackle started for the Seahawks in their 24-27 loss to the Broncos.

PK Stephen Hauschka connected on a 35-yard field goal, but missed a 52-yarder in the Bills 3-47 loss to the Ravens.

C Ted Larsen played as a reserve in the Dolphins 27-20 victory over the Titans.

CB Juston Burris played as a reserve in the Jets 48-17 victory over the Lions, but didn’t record any stats.

CB Dontae Johnson was supposed to start for the Seahawks on Sunday, but he was put on the Injured Reserve list after injuring his groin in practice last week.

Pack Pro’s who were Inactive in Week 1

Seahawks CB Dontae Johnson (injury)
Packers S Josh Jones (injury)
49ers DE Kentavius Street (injury)
Chargers DT TY McGill
Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels
Colts QB Jacoby Brissett
Cardinals QB Mike Glennon
Jaguars RT Will Richardson

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Russell Wilson Named Week 2 NFC Offensive Player of the Week



Former NC State Quarterback Russell Wilson was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Week 2 against the Steelers. This marks the 8th time that Wilson has earned the weekly honor, which is a Seahawks record.


In Sunday’s win at Pittsburgh, Wilson completed 29 of 35 attempts for 300 yards and three touchdowns, giving him a passer rating of 131.0. It was the 22nd game of Wilson’s career with three or more touchdowns and no interceptions, and he has thrown two or more without an interception 45 times, the most in NFL history for a quarterback in his first eight years—and Wilson has 14 more games to add to that total in Year 8. A week earlier, Wilson was an efficient 14 of 20 for 195 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. (Seahawks)

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NC State in the NFL: Week 2 Report



18 of the 23 former NC State players on active NFL rosters saw action in Week 2 of the 2019 NFL season. Check out a breakdown of how they did below.

Quarterback Russell Wilson (starter) was spectacular once again, going 29 of 35 for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns for a QB Rating of 131.0 in Seattle’s 28-26 win over Pittsburgh. Wilson became the 5th fastest player in NFL history to throw for 200 career touchdowns.

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (starter) was 17 of 28 for 146 yards and 3 touchdowns (1 interception) with a QB Rating of 95.2 in the Colts’ 19-17 victory over the Titans.

Linebacker Bradley Chubb (starter) had 5 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 2 QB Hits in the Broncos’ 16-14 loss to the Bears.

Chubb was called for a ridiculous roughing the passer penalty on the final drive of the game that ultimately kept the drive alive, which ended in a 53-yard field goal that cost Denver the game.

Quarterback Philip Rivers (starter) had an off day, completing 21 of his 36 passes for 293 yards and 0 touchdowns (1 interception) for a QB Rating of 73.0 in LA’s 13-10 loss to Detroit.

Running Back Jaylen Samuels ran the ball 3 times for 18 yards in the Steelers 28-26 loss to the Seahawks. He also had 1 reception for 13 yards. Samuels played 39% of the offensive snaps.

Defensive End B.J. Hill (starter) had 3 tackles in the Giants’ 28-14 loss to Buffalo. Hill played 58 snaps on defense (78%), which led all defensive players.

Running Back Nyheim Hines ran the ball twice for 9 yards in Indianapolis’ 19-17 win over Tennessee. He also had 1 reception for 5 yards. Hines played 19% of the offensive snaps.

Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (starter) had 1 tackle in the Chargers’ 13-10 loss to the Lions. His 41 plays were the most of any defensive player on LA.

Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon (starter) technically started his first career NFL games on Sunday, but it was more of a formality. Harmon only played 6 snaps on offense, and didn’t record any stats.

Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka didn’t attempt any field goals on Sunday, but did connect on all 4 of his extra point attempts in the Bills’ 28-14 victory over the Giants.

Center Garrett Bradbury (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Vikings’ 21-16 loss to the Packers. Bradbury had a tough assignment again in Week 2, with Grady Jarrett on the other side of the line of scrimmage. He was better than Week 1, but still struggled, posting the 2nd lowest PFF grade on the offensive side of the ball for the Packers.

Punter A.J. Cole (starter) punted the ball 6 times for an average of 44 yards in the Raiders’ 28-10 loss to the Chiefs. He pinned two of his punts inside the 20-yard line.

Linebacker Germaine Pratt strictly played on Special Teams in the Bengals 41-17 loss to the 49ers.

Offensive Guard J.R. Sweezy (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Cardinals 23-17 loss to the Ravens.

Offensive Tackle Will Richardson (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Jags’ 13-12 loss to the Texans.

Offensive Guard Joe Thuney (starter) played in 92% of the offensive snaps in the Patriots’ 43-0 blowout victory over the Dolphins.

Cornerback Dontae Johnson played 5 special teams snaps in the Charger’s 13-10 loss to the Lions.

Offensive Guard Ted Larsen saw 2 offensive snaps, and 4 special teams snaps in the Bears’ 16-14 victory over the Broncos.


Quarterback Mike Glennon (Raiders)

Quarterback Ryan Finley (Bengals)

Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill (Redskins)


Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers (New England Patriots). The addition of Antonio Brown hurt Meyers’ chance of seeing the field in a big way.

Defensive Back Juston Burris (Raiders)

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Russell Wilson 5th Fastest to 200 Touchdown Passes



Former NC State Quarterback Russell Wilson threw his 200th career touchdown pass today, becoming the 5th fastest player to do so, bumping Tom Brady out of the Top-5.


Wilson, who is 5’11”, is only the 2nd player in NFL history under 6’0″ to throw for 200 touchdowns.

Wilson finished today 29/35 for 300 yards with 3 touchdowns (QB Rating – 131.0).

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Raiders Sign Former NC State DB Juston Burris



Former NC State cornerback Juston Burris has been signed by the Oakland Raiders after Safety Johnathan Abram was moved to the IR.

Burris was drafted by the Jets in the 4th Round of the 2016 NFL Draft, and played his first two seasons in New York. After the first 4 games of the 2018 season, the Jets cut Burris (he played in all 4 games), and was picked up by the Browns. Burris only played 4 games at Defensive Back for Cleveland after being picked up.

He saw a lot of action in New York his first two seasons, and was even the projected started heading into his second season.

Burris joins to other former NC State players in Oakland, with punter AJ Cole and quarterback Mike Glennon already wearing the Silver and Black.

While at NC State, Burris had 121 tackles, 3 interceptions and 18 pass deflections.

NC State now has 23 former players on active NFL rosters.

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