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49ers Sign Matt Dayes to Practice Squad



Former NC State running back Matt Dayes has been signed by the San Francisco 49ers to their Practice Squad.

The San Francisco 49ers announced on Tuesday that they have released DB Dexter McCoil and WR Frank Stephens from the team’s practice squad and signed RB Matthew Dayes, OL Najee Toran and DB Tyvis Powell to the practice squad.

Dayes (5-9, 205) was originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the seventh round (252nd overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. Last season with Cleveland, he appeared in 16 games and registered five carries for 13 yards along with four receptions for 29 yards. He also added 18 kickoff returns for 437 yards (24.3 average) and eight tackles on special teams. Dayes was waived by the team on September 2, 2018

A 24-year-old native of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Dayes attended North Carolina State University where finished his career ranked fourth all-time in school history with 2,856 career rushing yards and third all-time with 34 career rushing touchdowns. As a senior in 2016, he played in all 13 games and finished third in the ACC with 1,166 rushing yards on 249 carries along with 10 rushing touchdowns.

Since being released by the Browns, Dayes worked out for the Lions, and most recently the Jaguars and the 49ers, ultimately finding a home on the west coast.

Each NFL team is only allowed to keep 10 players on their practice squad, and they each make $7,600 weekly this season.

Dayes is now the only former NC State Football player on an NFL Practice Squad. Safety Jack Tocho was cut from the Vikings practice team in September, and has since tried out for the Texans and Lions, but hasn’t found a new home yet. Tight End David Grinnage was recently called up by the Jaguars from the practice squad to the big league.

He will have a friend in former NC State defensive end Kentavius Street, who is currently on the injured reserve.

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Jacoby Brissett OUT for Week 10



After spraining his MCL last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, former NC State quarterback Jacoby Brissett has been ruled OUT of the Colts’ matchup against the Dolphins tomorrow.

» Brissett suffered an injury to his left knee early in the second quarter of last Sunday’s Week 9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers; he was rolled up on by left guard Quenton Nelson, who was knocked back into the quarterback’s leg by a Steelers defender. An MRI on Monday confirmed Brissett had a sprained MCL, but indicated he had sustained no serious damage. While Brissett, who was originally ruled questionable for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins, was a limited participant in all three practices this week, the team was also giving quarterback Brian Hoyer — who had three touchdown passes in relief work last week — extra practice reps just in case; Hoyer is in line to get his 38th-career start — and first with the Colts — on Sunday. The team on Saturday also announced it had elevated quarterback Chad Kelly to the active roster from the practice squad. (NFL)

Tomorrow as going to be an epic day for NC State…aka…QBU.

Four former Wolfpack quarterbacks were set to start in Week 10, but Brissett will not be joining Philip Rivers (Chargers), Russell Wilson (Seahawks) and Ryan Finley (Bengals).

Finley will be starting his first career game tomorrow against the Ravens.

It looks like we will have to wait until Week 13 for the chance to see 4 former NC State players starting at Quarterback in 2019. Wilson has a bye in Week 11 and Rivers has a bye in Week 12.

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NC State in the NFL: Week 9 Report



16 of the 21 former NC State players on active NFL rosters saw action in Week 7 of the 2019 NFL season. Check out a breakdown of how they did below.

Quarterback Russell Wilson (starter) went bananas, throwing for 378 yards (67%) and 5 touchdowns (0 interceptions) in Seattle’s 40-34 victory over Tampa Bay in overtime. He posted a QB Rating of 133.7.

Wilson has officially done what no QB has ever done through the first 9 games.

Running Back Jaylen Samuels (starter) set a Steelers record for receptions by a running back in a single game, snagging 13 passes for 80 yards in Pittsburgh’s 26-24 victory over Indy. He also had 8 rushes for 10 yards. Jay Sam played in 65% of the offensive snaps.

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (starter) went down with a sprained MCL in the Colts’ 26-24 loss to the Steelers.

Before going down, Brissett was 4 of 5 for 59 yards. He was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, which is a sign he might be good to go for Sunday.

Quarterback Philip Rivers was 21 of 28 for 294 yards in the Chargers’ 26-11 victory over the Packers. His QB Rating was 108.3.

Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon (starter) had 1 reception for 6 yards (2 targets) in Washington’s 24-9 loss to Buffalo. Harmon started the 3rd game of his career, playing 50% of the snaps. He also picked up a fumble recovery.

Offensive Guard Joe Thuney (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Patriots’ 37-20 loss to the Ravens.

Offensive Guard J.R. Sweezy (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in Arizona’s 28-25 loss to the 49ers last Thursday night.

Center Garrett Bradbury (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Vikings’ 26-23 loss to the Chiefs.

Defensive Back Juston Burris (starter) started his 3rd game of the season, and his second consecutive game in the Browns’ 24-19 loss to the Broncos. He didn’t record any stats, playing in 24% of the defensive snaps.

Running Back Nyheim Hines had 1 rush for 7 yards, and 1 reception (3 targets) for 21 yards in the Colts’ 26-24 loss to the Steelers. He played in 29% of the offensive snaps.

Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (starter) connected on his only field goal attempt from 42 yards, and made all 33 extra point attempts.

Punter A.J. Cole punted the ball 2 times for an average of 48 yards in the Raiders’ 31-24 victory over the Lions.

Offensive Tackle Will Richardson played in 45% of the offensive snaps in Jacksonville’s 26-3 loss to Houston.

Defensive End B.J. Hill had 1 tackle in the Giants’ 37-18 loss to the Cowboys, playing in 25% of the defensive snaps.

Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill had 1 tackle, playing 20% of the defensive snaps in Los Angeles’ 26-11 victory over Green Bay.

Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers played in only 1 offensive snap in New England’s 37-20 loss to Baltimore. The addition of Mohamed Sanu is going to significantly cut into Jakobi’s playing time.


Linebacker Germaine Pratt (Bengals)
Quarterback Ryan Finley (Bengals)


Offensive Lineman Ted Larsen (Bears)
Quarterback Mike Glennon (Raiders)


Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (shoulder)


Linebacker Bradley Chubb (Broncos) – knee
Defensive End Kentavius Street (49ers) – knee


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Jaylen Samuels Breaks Steelers Record for Receptions in a Game by a RB



Yesterday former NC State All-ACC Swiss Army knife Jaylen Samuels made Steelers’ history, breaking the record for the most receptions in a game by a running back.

Samuels finished the game with 13 receptions for 74 yards in Pittsburgh’s 26-24 victory over the Colts yesterday. The previous record was set by Le’Veon Bell back in 2017 (12), breaking Franco Harris previous record of 11 set back in 1982.

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Ryan Finley Talks Upcoming 1st NFL Start



Former NC State All-ACC Quarterback Ryan Finley will start his first career NFL game as a Rookie on November 10th against the Ravens.

Here’s what Finley had to say to the media this week about the opportunity.

“I feel like I got good experience in the preseason,” Finley said as the cameras streamed him as the starter for the first time after Wednesday’s practice. “Obviously it’s a lot different. But those are some good plays that I can fall back on in my mind. I’ve got confidence in myself. I think I’m going to play well.”

“I hope to bring energy, bring some juice,” Finley said. “Do my best to be good in the pocket. Get the ball out on time. Extend plays. We’ve struggled a little bit into the red zone. Just hoping to find some ways to get some points.”

“I look up to Andy more than people will know,” Finley said. “He’s a really good dude. He’s a class act and he’s special to me. I look up to him a ton. I can’t imagine how hard this is for him. He texted me and said he has my back. That meant a lot to me.” (NFL)

Bengals’ Pro Bowl Receiver A.J. Green thinks extremely highly of Finley.

“I love Ryan, man. Ryan is a competitor. He wants to win. He has that edge,” Green said after Wednesday’s practice. “He has that leadership. It’s going to be a little different for him now. He’s young, so he doesn’t really understand the business side of this. So it’s probably a little awkward with him and Andy because him and Andy has a great relationship, but at the end of the day it’s a business and you have to take your emotion out of it sometime and just focus on the business part.” (NFL)

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