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NC State in the NFL 2018 Week 5 Recap



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.

Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (Starter) connected on both his field goal attempts on Sunday for the Bills (40 & 46), but the last one went through the goal posts as time expired, giving Buffalo a 13-12 victory over the Titans.

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

Injured Reserve
San Francisco 49ers Defensive End Kentavius Street

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Jaylen Samuels Snags 7 Receptions in 1st NFL Start



Former NC State Swiss Army Knife Jaylen Samuels started the first game of his NFL career on Sunday in the Steelers 24-21 loss to the Raiders.

Even though Samuels was technically going to get the start, it was projected to be a running back-by-committee situation, splitting carries with Stevan Ridley. The end result was much more lopsided than the projection, with Samuels playing 48 snaps, and Ridley playing 8.

Truthfully, JaySam wasn’t very effective running the ball, picking up 28 yards on 11 carries (2.5 yards per carry), but he was more effective than Ridley, who averaged 0.8 yards per carry. Samuels shined the most in the passing game, pulling in all 7 balls that were thrown his way for 64 yards. All but 2 of his receptions were behind the line of scrimmage, and he managed to pick up an impressive 76 yards after the catch against the Raiders.

James Conner hasn’t been ruled out of Pittsburgh’s crucial matchup against New England this Sunday, so we will have to wait and see what his involvement will look like.

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Nyheim Hines is Close To Breaking Colts Rookie Receptions Record



Former NC State Running Back Nyheim Hines has 3 games left in his rookie season, and his 52 receptions are the 5th most by a rookie in Colts history. If he keeps his current pace, he will finish the regular season with 64 receptions, which would tie Marvin Harrison for the 2nd most in a Colts uniform as a rookie. With that being said, he has had 7+ receptions in 4 games thus far, which could lead him to blow past Bill Brooks record.

He currently is projected to finish the year with the most receptions by a Colts rookie running back.

Hines will likely finish his rookie season ranked in the Top-10 for the most receptions by a rookie running back in NFL history. The fact that he has managed to do this while only starting 3 games is remarkable.

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Former NC State OL Ted Larsen Lands Key Block in the Miami Miracle



A 69-yard “circus” play orchestrated by the Miami Dolphins with no time left on the clock, that led to the game-winning touchdown over the New England Patriots, has been dubbed the “Miami Miracle.”

Here’s what it looks like in written form.

Kenyan Drake wouldn’t have made it into the end zone if former NC State Offensive Lineman Ted Larsen didn’t run 40 yards down the field, and make the key block on Patrick Chung on the 30-yard line.

Even though Drake scored the touchdown, the Dolphins were chanting Larsen’s name at the end of the game.

Larsen was transparent after the game. There wasn’t a single ounce of him that wanted the ball tossed in his direction.

“It looked like we had a little action,” Larsen said. “You just try to get down there. I was kind of hoping they wouldn’t pitch me the ball. I was looking forward to making the block. I ended up making the block and it worked. He had a great run.” (Link)

The former Wolfpack lineman helped make history yesterday.

It was the first time in the 52-year history of the Dolphins that they scored the winning touchdown with no time left on the clock. At 69 yards, it was the NFL’s longest play from scrimmage to win a game with no time left since at least the 1970 merger. (DeadSpin)

Larsen has been in the league 9 years now, and his key block in the Miami Miracle is his shining moment of his tenure, and will likely go down as the most epic play of his career.

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Bradley Chubb Breaks Broncos Rookie Sack Record



Former NC State Consensus All-American Bradley Chubb picked up 2 sacks in Denver’s 20-14 loss to the 49ers today, bringing his season total to 12, breaking Von Miller’s Broncos rookie record (11.5 – 2011).

Sack #11

Sack #12

Here’s a survey of company he joined today, and the 6 players he is still has to pass to claim the NFL Rookie Sack record.

Not bad company to be keeping.

If you’re wondering if the record matters to Chubb, he does.

It’s on his bathroom mirror.

Watch out Mr. Kearse. Chubb is coming for you.

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