Week 5 of the 2018 NFL season is in the bag, and 13 former NC State players were active. Here’s a breakdown of their performances.
Quarterback Philip Rivers (Starter) had his best performance of the season thus far in the Chargers 26-10 victory over the Raiders on Sunday. He was 22 of 27 (81.5%) for 339 yards and 2 touchdowns (0 interceptions). His QB Rating was a gaudy 143.4
The clip below is vintage Rivers. He calls out the Raiders defense for being set up in ‘base defense’ and tells his receiver to run a seam.
Quarterback Russell Wilson (Starter) also had his best performance of the season thus far in the Seahawks 31-33 loss to the Rams. He was 13 of 21 (62%) for 198 yards and 3 touchdowns (0 interceptions). His QB Rating was an impressive 132.5.
Rookie Running Back Nyheim Hines (Starter) started off the year coming off the bench, but has started for the Colts the past two weeks. Last Thursday, Hines had 15 carries for 45 yards, and 7 receptions (9 targets) for 45 yards in Indianapolis’ 24-38 loss to the Patriots. Hines played 56 of the 83 possible offensive snaps (67%).
Linebacker Bradley Chubb (Starter) had 2 tackles and one pass breakup in the Broncos 16-34 loss to the Jets. Chubb played 42 of the 62 offensive snaps (68%).
Defensive End BJ Hill (Starter) had 5 tackles (3 solo/2 assist) in the Giants 31-33 loss to the Panthers on Sunday. He played 32 of the 71 defensive snaps (45%).
Offensive Guard Joe Thuney’s (Starter) start streak continued (43 straight starts) on Thursday in the Patriots 38-24 victory over the Colts. He played all 69 offensive snaps.
Left Guard JR Sweezy (Starter) started for the Seahawks in their 31-33 loss to the Raiders. He played all 60 offensive snaps.
Left Guard Ted Larsen (Starter) started for the Dolphins in their 17-27 loss to the Bengals. It was Larsen’s 4th straight start, and he played 100% of the possible offensive snaps.
Defensive Tackle Justin Jones had one tackle in the Chargers 26-10 victory over the Raiders. Jones played 14 of the 52 defensive snaps (27%).
Safety Josh Jones played in his second game of the season after coming back from injury, and played in only 4 defensive snaps in the Packers 23-31 loss to the Lions.
Cornerback Juston Burris saw action for the Jets for the 2nd time this season in their 34-16 victory over the Broncos. Burris has yet to take a snap at cornerback in 2018, strictly playing special teams.
Running Back Jaylen Samuels played 2 offensive snaps for the Steelers in their 41-17 victory over the Falcons.
Did Not Play
Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Jacoby Brissett
Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Mike Glennon
Jacksonville Jaguars Right Tackle Will Richardson
Buffalo Bills Cornerback Dontae Johnson
San Francisco 49ers Defensive End Kentavius Street
Week 2 of the 2019 NFL Preseason kicked off on Thursday night, and quite a few former NC State players shined over the past two nights.
Quarterback Ryan Finley was exceptional on Thursday night, completing 20 of his 26 pass attempts for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns (0 interceptions) in the Bengals 23-13 victory over the Redskins. His QB Rating on the night was an impressive 115.9.
.@PackFootball should be proud of how Ryan Finley is playing for the Bengals tonight! Only a preseason game, but he's solving every problem w good decisions, pocket presence, and accurate throws. #CINvsWAS
Watching #Bengals rookie QB Ryan Finley (4th Round Pick) makes it evident why team moved Jeff Driskel to WR. 8-8 on TD drive. Kid is 100% ready to backup Dalton. No need for 3 QBs on roster. Finley will be starting and potentially successful at some point this season.
-Excellent poise in pocket -Two outstanding dig routes. Perfect touch/ball location around multiple defenders -Still struggles w/velocity on outside lane throws. Needs to be perfect there from timing standpoint -Ran the offense well, consistent good decisions
Quarterback Mike Glennon was dang near perfect on Thursday night, completing 11 of 14 for 175 yards and 2 touchdowns (0 interceptions) in the Raiders 33-26 victory over the Cardinals.
Glennon is solidifying himself as Derek Carr’s backup.
Punter AJ Cole had a boot on Thursday, averaging 49.4 yards per punt (5 punts) in Oakland’s 33-26 win over Arizona. Cole dropped 3 of his 5 punts inside the 20.
Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka made 1 of his 2 field goal attempts in the Bills 27-14 victory over the Panthers on Friday night, and was 3-3 on extra points. He made a 30-yard field goal, and missed a 48-yarder.
Defensive End B.J. Hill had 2 tackles in the Giants 32-13 victory over the Bears last night.
Former NC State punter AJ Cole went to Rookie Minicamp with hardly any expectations of being signed. Honestly, the percentage of players there that get a contract are miniscule.
But in the end, Cole was one of the few from that were invited to Training Camp, still with no guarantee of a roster spot.
But uncertainty became certainty for Cole yesterday, when the Raiders waived Johnny Townsend, their punter from 2018, leaving the former Wolfpacker as the final punter still in the Oakland Raiders camp.
“To sign some players, you have to let some players go,” (Jon) Gruden (head coach) said Tuesday. “Hate to see Johnny [Townsend] go. We still think he’s a really good punter. A.J. Cole deserves to be our guy at this point.”
“Well, he has a tremendous leg,” (Rich) Bisaccia (Special Teams Coordinator) said. “He has a natural hang to him, kind of even on his bad ball he can kind of get away with it. He’s a high-hit guy on his contact on the ball and he’s really improved his holding as he’s come along. And he can kickoff, so it gives us a little bit of an advantage that way with having the ability to have two guys that can kickoff through preseason.” (Raiders)
Gruden on AJ Cole “He downed it inside the 20 a couple times. He put on an orbital display the other day against the Rams. We haven’t seen kicks like that since Lechler was here or King. The guy really has a live leg and it looks like he can directional punt and hold.”
Samuels finished with 2 carries for 22 yards, and 1 reception for 9 yards.
Quarterback Ryan Finley was 13-18 for 109 yards, with 1 touchdown and 1 interception (QB Rating: 82.9) in the Bengals 38-17 loss to the Chiefs. On his scoring drive, he was 12 of 13 for 100 yards. Finley is fighting to be Andy Dalton’s backup. After a rough go of it when he arrived in Cincinnati, this was a good step in that direction. He’s been primarily leading the 2nd team offense as of late.
Linebacker Germaine Pratt had 2 tackles in the Bengals 38-17 loss to the Chiefs.
Quarterback Mike Glennon was 17 of 25 for 200 yards with 2 interceptions (0 touchdowns/QB Rating: 58.8) in the Raiders 14-3 victory over the Rams.