Week 8 of the 2018 NFL season is in the bag, and 11 (8 starters) former NC State players were active. Here’s a breakdown of their performances.
Quarterback Russell Wilson (Starter) was nearly perfect on Sunday, completing 14 of his 17 passes for 248 yards and 3 touchdowns (0 interceptions) in the Seahawks 28-14 victory over the Lions. In fact, he did record a PERFECT QB RATING of 158.3 on the day, marking the first time in Seahawk history that a quarterback has done so. His ProFootballFocus grade of the week was 98.0.
Running Back Nyheim Hines posted the best running game of his young career against Oakland Sunday. Hines had 11 carries for 78 yards, and 2 receptions for 7 yards on the Colts 42-28 victory over the Raiders. He played 36% of the offensive snaps.
Tight End David Grinnage (Starter) started for the second straight week, playing in his 3rd career NFL game. It was the best game of his young career, catching 3 receptions for 37 yards on 5 targets in the Jaguars 18-24 loss to the Eagles. Grinnage played 44% of the offensive snaps.
Linebacker Bradley Chubb (Starter) had 4 tackles, 0.5 sacks and 1 tackle for loss in the Broncos 23-30 loss to the Chiefs. Chubb leads all NFL rookies with 7 sacks. He played 90% of the snaps against the Chiefs.
Defensive End BJ Hill (Starter) had 6 tackles in the Giants 13-20 loss to the Redskins, marking a new career high. He also had a pass breakup. Hill played 62% of the defensive snaps, resulting in the most snaps of his young career. He has started 5 of the Giants 8 games in 2018.
Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (Starter) connected on both of his field goal attempts (47 & 51) in the Bills 6-25 loss to the Patriots.
Left Guard Joe Thuney’s (Starter) start streak continues, playing every snap for the Patriots in their 25-6 victory over the Bills.
Left Guard JR Sweezy (Starter) played 100% of the snaps in the Seahawks 28-14 victory over the Lions. Sweezy has started every game for Seattle in 2018.
Left Guard Ted Larsen (Starter) started for the Dolphins in their 23-42 loss to the Texans, and has started in 7 of Miami’s 8 games in 2018. He only played 67% of the offensive snaps because he left the game with an arm injury. His status for this weekend is unknown at this point.
Running Back Jaylen Samuels picked up his first carries as an NFL running back against the Browns, rushing 4 times for 17 yards (4.3 yards per carry). He played 7 offensive snaps, and 9 special teams snaps in the Steelers 33-18 victory over the Browns.
Josh Jones had 2 special teams tackles in the Packers 27-29 loss to the Rams, but didn’t take any snaps at Safety.
Los Angeles Chargers Quarterback Philip Rivers
Los Angeles Chargers Defensive Tackle Justin Jones
Did Not Play
Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Jacoby Brissett
Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Mike Glennon
Buffalo Bills Cornerback Dontae Johnson
Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Lineman Will Richardson
San Francisco 49ers Defensive End Kentavius Street
A handful of former NC State football players were in action on Saturday and Sunday in the 2nd week of the 2019 NFL Preseason. If you missed the report from Thursday and Friday’s games, check it out here.
Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers is becoming a legend in New England this preseason. He had 6 receptions for 82 yards (6 targets) in the Patriots 22-17 victory over the Titans on Saturday.
Meyers has had 6 receptions in both preseason games thus far.
Jakobi Meyers through two preseason games: 14 targets, 12 catches, 151 yards, two touchdowns.
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.”