Week 7 of the 2018 NFL season is in the bag, and 12 (7 starters) former NC State players were active. Here’s a breakdown of their performances.
Rookie Linebacker Bradley Chubb (Starter) had 3 tackles, 2 sacks and 1 forced fumble in the Broncos 45-10 victory over the Cardinals. After recording 1.5 sacks through the first 5 games, Chubb has 5 sacks over the past two weeks, and currently ranks 6th in the NFL with 6.5 sacks. He played in 88% of the defensive snaps last Thursday night.
Quarterback Philip Rivers (Starter) is blazing. On Sunday morning in London, he was a blistering 19 of 26 for 306 yards and 2 touchdowns (0 interceptions) in the Chargers 20-19 victory over the Titans. His QB rating for the day was 137.7.
Rivers became only the 6th quarterback in NFL history with 60 career 300-yard passing games. He joined Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Dan Marino, and Brett Favre.
The Chargers have won 4 straight.
Tight End David Grinnage (Starter) played his first NFL game in Week 6, and started his first NFL game this past Sunday. Grinnage had 2 receptions for 17 yards on 2 targets. He played 46% of the offensive snaps.
Rookie Running Back Nyheim Hines had 9 carries for 47 yards (9.3 yards per carry), and 1 reception for -5 yards in the Colts 37-5 victory over the Bills. Hines played in 26% of the offensive snaps.
Defensive End BJ Hill (Starter) had 4 tackles and 1 tackle for loss in the Giants 20-23 loss to the Falcons. He played 57% of the defensive snaps. This was Hill’s 4th start of the season.
As usual, Left Guard Joe Thuney (Starter) started and played every single offensive snap for the Patriots in their 38-31 victory over the Browns.
Left Guard Ted Larsen (Starter) started once again in the Dolphins 21-32 loss to the Lions. He played 95% of the offensive snaps.
Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (Starter) connected on his only field goal attempt from 34-yards out in the Bills 5-37 loss to the Colts.
Rookie Defensive Tackle Justin Jones played 15 snaps (21%) in the Chargers 20-19 victory over the Titans in London, but didn’t record any stats.
Dontae Johnson played his first snaps as a Cornerback as a member of the Buffalo Bills in their 5-37 loss to the Colts. He played 32% of the defensive snaps, but didn’t record any stats.
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett played 8 snaps on offense for the Colts in their 37-5 victory over the Bills. He had 4 rushes for -4 yards, and didn’t have any pass attempts.
Cornerback Juston Burris played 11 snaps on special teams in the Jets 17-37 loss to the Vikings.
Did Not Play
Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Mike Glennon
Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Tackle Will Richardson
San Francisco 49ers Defensive End Kentavius Street
Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson
Seattle Seahawks Left Guard JR Sweezy
Pittsburgh Steelers Running Back Jaylen Samuels
Green Bay Packers Safety Josh Jones
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.
Former NC State ACC Freshman of the Year Dennis Smith Jr has never forgotten where he came from, no matter how high he’s climbed the ladder.
Earlier this week, Mitch Colvin, the mayor of Fayetteville, presented Smith Jr with a ceremonial key to the city “in recognition of his efforts to support the youth and provide exceptional leadership to the citizens of Fayetteville both on and off the court.” (FayObserver)
DSJ threw down his first dunk on Langdon Street at Seabrook Park’s Smith Recreation Center, and back in February, in partnership with Under Armour, he unveiled a pair of refurbished courts there.
“Most of the time when those guys get to stardom, particularly in a market like New York City, it’s hard to remember your hometown,” Colvin said.
“I was real impressed by the investment that he partnered with Under Armour to redo the Seabrook court. That’s one of the most underserved areas in the city. That meant a lot to the community and that’s home for me. That’s just one of the things. … I understand that he’s very active in the community in some other ways.”
“If you’re ever around him, he’s a very humble guy,” Colvin said.
“He just blends in with the crowd. To me, that says that success doesn’t define your character, necessarily. He’s shown that you can be successful and still maintain a level head, which says a lot. That’s inspiring to the youth that we have here.” (FayObserver)