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Philip Rivers is the #4 Graded QB in NFL Through 9 Weeks



We are through 9 weeks of the 2018-19 NFL season, and former NC State ACC Player of the Year Philip Rivers is the #4 graded quarterback thus far according to ProFootballFocus, behind Drew Brees, Patrick Mahomes and Jared Goff.

4. Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers

2018 OVERALL GRADE: 90.9

Accuracy percentage: 60.9% (7th)

Clean-Pocket Grade: 89.8 (12th)

Rivers’ passer rating on throws of 10-plus air yards (139.0) ranks second among qualifying quarterbacks, his overall grade ranks fourth, and his accuracy percentage (60.9%) ranks seventh. Yet, he still isn’t getting the respect he deserves as a top-signal caller in this league and legitimate MVP candidate. (PFF)

Rivers is then followed by Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tom Brady, Kirk Cousins, Andy Dalton, Carson Wentz, Andrew Luck, Matt Ryan.

Former NC State quarterback Russell Wilson is the 13th best graded quarterback in the NFL through 9 weeks.


2018 OVERALL GRADE: 81.2

Accuracy percentage: 61.1% (6th)

Clean-Pocket Grade: 87.1 (13th) (PFF)

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Nyheim Hines Worked at Bojangles on his Bye Week



Former NC State running back Nyheim Hines, and current member of the Colts, spent time working at Bojangles back here in Raleigh during Indianapolis’ bye week.

Zak Keefer of the Indy Star covered the story, and you can and should read it in full here.

Hines knows that the average career of an NFL Rynning Back is 3 years, and he is thinking of his future as a rookie.

If Hines isn’t going to make bank on the gridiron, it’s going to be selling chicken supremes, Cajun fries, dirty rice, tailgate specials, Boberry biscuits, and sweet tea.

“Best fries in the fast food industry,” he boasts. “The chicken’s really good, and they have these things called boberry biscuits. Nothing like them.” (Link)

Hines hopes to own at least 5 Bojangles one day, but he would never envision owning one, without working every area of the restaurant. He doesn’t believe in leading others to do what he is unwilling to do.

As a rookie, Hines has almost 500 yards of offense through 9 games (241 rushing and 202 receiving) with 3 touchdowns. He has grabbed ahold of the 2nd string spot on the Colts depth chart, and looks to have a bright future, due in large part to his versatility. Hines is second on the team in receptions (37), and is only two shy of the team lead (Tight End Eric Ebron).

Hines’ rookie contract is a 4-year deal that is worth a maximum of $3.184 million, but only $724,548 of it is guaranteed. This young man obviously wants to sign a deal when his rookie contract expires, but he is preparing for a future after football.

He is wise beyond his years.


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TJ Warren is Shooting At Steph Curry’s Level



Former NC State ACC Player of the Year TJ Warren entered the season as the Sun’s sixth man, but his hot shooting hand has forced him back into his familiar starting role.

How good is he shooting?

Warren is shooting at Steph Curry’s level.

In fact, heading into his most recent game on Tuesday night, Warren and Curry were the only two players in the NBA shooting 45%+ from three, 49%+ from the field and 90%+ from the free throw line.

Warren has started the past 4 games, and in that stretch, he is averaging 25.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, while shooting 56% from the field, 46% from three, and 100% from the charity stripe.

On the year, Warren is averaging 17.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game (13 games), shooting 50.6% from the field, 46% from three and 92.1% from the stripe.

Tony Buckets put in some serious work in the offseason. For perspective, he shot 22% from three last year, and 75.7% from the free throw line.


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Russell Wilson Leads 21st Game-Winning Drive, Seahawks Beat Packers 27-24



Former NC State Quarterback Russell Wilson recorded yet another game-winning drive last night, leading the Seahawks to a 27-24 victory over the Packers.

With a little over 8 minutes left in the game, Seattle received the kickoff after Green Bay kicked a 36-yard field goal to extend their lead to 24-20.

Wilson proceeded to lead the Seahawks on a 7 play/75-yard drive (3:15), ending in a 15-yard touchdown pass to Tight End Ed Dickson with 5:11 left on the clock. He was 4 of 5 for 73 yards and a touchdown on the drive.

On the night, Russell was 21 of 31 for 225 yards and 2 touchdowns (0 interceptions), with a 110.3 QB Rating.

Since 2012, Wilson has orchestrated 21 game-winning drives in either the 4th quarter or Overtime, which is second only to Matthew Stafford (26). (Tweet)

The Seahawks always feel like they have a chance with the ball in Wilson’s hands at the end of the game. Since the beginning of last season, he’s the best in the business in the 4th.

Here’s a look at Wilson’s 2 touchdowns.

The Seahawks victory kept their playoff hopes alive. They (5-5) currently are right behind the Vikings (5-3-1) for the final Wild Card spot.

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NC State in the NFL 2018 Week 10 Recap



Week 10 of the 2018 NFL season is in the bag, and 12 former NC State players were active. Here’s a breakdown of their performances.

Quarterback Russell Wilson (Starter) was dangerous with his arm and his legs in the Seahawks 36-31 loss to the Rams. Wilson completed 17 of his 26 passes for 176 yards (123.2 QB Rating) and 3 touchdowns (0 interceptions). He also rushed for 92 yards, a season-high.

Quarterback Philip Rivers (Starter) led the Chargers to their 6th straight win, defeating the Raiders 20-6 on Sunday. Rivers was 18 of 26 for 223 yards (105.1 QB Rating) and 2 touchdowns (1 interception).

QB Philip Rivers (9 consecutive games) joins Aaron Rodgers (13 games in 2011) and Tom Brady (10 in 2007) as the only QBs in NFL history with 2+ TD passes & a 95+ rating in each of his team’s 1st 9 games to begin a season. (NFL)

Running Back Jaylen Samuels had 5 carries for 7 yards and 3 receptions for 22 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers 52-21 victory over the Panthers . The touchdown was the first of his career. Samuels played 31% of Pittsburgh’s offensive snaps.

Defensive Tackle Justin Jones had 2 tackles and his first career sack (0.5) of his career in the Chargers 20-6 victory over the Raiders on Sunday. Jones played in 11 snaps (17% of the defensive snaps).

Defensive End BJ Hill (Starter) had 4 tackles in the Giants 27-23 victory over the 49ers on Monday Night Football last night.

Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill played in his first game with the Eagles on Sunday, and his first game since Week 13 last year with the Cleveland Browns. McGill played 15 snaps (22% of the defensive snaps), and had 1 QB Hurry in the Eagles 26-20 loss to the Cowboys.

Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (Starter) connected on both of his field goal attempts (54 & 31) and all 5 of his PAT attempts in the Bills 41-7 victory over the Jets.

Left Guard Joe Thuney’s (Starter) start string continues, starting in his 48th straight game in the Patriots 34-10 loss to the Titans Sunday. He played 100% of the Patriots’ offensive snaps.

Left Guard JR Sweezy (Starter) started for the Seahawks in their 36-31 loss to the Rams. He has started all 9 games for Seattle this year, and played 100% of the offensive snaps on Sunday.

Running Back Nyheim Hines had 3 carries for 3 yards, and 3 receptions for 19 yards in the Colts 29-26 victory over the Jaguars. Hines played in 36% of the Colts offensive snaps (20).

Running Back Matt Dayes was activated from the Practice Squad by the 49ers yesterday, and played 12 special teams snaps and 1 snap at running back in San Francisco’s 27-23 loss to the Giants last night.

After starting the past two weeks, Tight End David Grinnage played only 6 offensive snaps in the Jaguars 29-26 loss to the Colts.

Miami Dolphins Left Guard Ted Larsen (neck)

Did Not Play
Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Mike Glennon
Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Jacoby Brissett

Not Active
Cleveland Browns Cornerback Juston Burris

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