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Philip Rivers Passes for Over 4,000 Yards for the 10th Time, 3rd in NFL History to do so

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Last night wasn’t a good night for Philip Rivers and the Chargers (11-4). In fact, it was Rivers’ worst game of the season.

The Ravens (9-6) beat the Chargers 22-10, and Rivers was 23 of 37 for 181 yards and 2 interceptions (0 touchdowns). Yesterday was the first time all season that Rivers didn’t throw a touchdown in a game. His QB rating of 51.7 marked his lowest rating in a single game since Week 14 of last season (49.2 vs. the Chiefs).

While it wasn’t a game Rivers will like to remember, it was a historical day for the former NC State legend.

Rivers has once again passed for 4,000+ yards in a season, needing only 49 yards entering the contest. In doing so, he became only the 3rd Quarterback in NFL history to record 10 seasons or more of 4,000 yards.

1) Peyton Manning – 14
2) Drew Brees – 12
3) Philip Rivers – 10

Rivers has made a lot of history in his 15th season.

In Week 1, he moved into 6th place in NFL history in touchdown passes.

In Week 4, he passed John Elway, moving into 8th place all-time in career passing yards.

In Week 9, he started his 200th consecutive game, becoming only the 4th player in NFL history to do so.

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JR Sweezy Signs 2-Year Deal With Arizona Cardinals

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Former NC State Defensive Tackle, converted to Offensive Guard in the NFL, JR Sweezy has signed a 2-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, staying in the NFC West.

Sweezy was originally drafted by the Seahawks in the 7th round of the 2012 NFL Draft (225th overall), and was quickly converted into an offensive lineman. He worked his way up to becoming the full-time starter at Right Guard for Seattle in 2013, and held the spot for three seasons before signing a 5-year $32.5 million contract with Tampa Bay. Sweezy missed the entire 2016 season due to back problems, but returned to start 14 games for the Bucs last year, before finishing the season on the Injured Reserve.

Last year, Sweezy returned to the Seahawks, and started in all 15 games he played in.

Sweezy is entering his 8th year in the NFL, and his 7th season playing. He has started in 78 of the 88 games he has played in since entering the league in 2012.

 

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Mike Glennon Released by Cardinals

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Former NC State Quarterback Mike Glennon has officially been released by the Arizona Cardinals.

Glennon signed a 2-year $8 million contract prior to the 2018 season as a backup. He was cut prior to a $500,000 roster bonus due to him on March 17th.

While only seeing action in 2 games in Arizona, Glennon walked away with $4 million. He completed 15 of 21 passes foe 174 yards and 1 touchdown in those two games.

Glennon has played in the NFL 6 seasons, and made $27,446,782.

We will have to wait and see where Glennon lands next.

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Washington Wants Trea Turner to Steal All the Bases

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Former NC State All-American Shortstop Trea Turner ranked 2nd in the Major League last year in stolen bases, but the Washington Nationals want him to take it up a notch.

“If he attempts 75 to 80, we’ll be in great shape,” Martinez said, and that would make Turner one of the more aggressive base runners in recent memory. (WP)

Turner ranked 2nd in the majors with 43 stolen bases last year, and his 46 stolen bases two years ago ranked 3rd.

75-80 stolen base attempts would be a career high for Turner…by a long shot.

Turner ranked 2nd in the Major’s last season with 52 attempts. Only 13 players have attempted 75 stolen bases in a single season in the past 18 seasons.

“Any time a coach pushes you to do something that you think is a little crazy, I think that’s them believing in you that you can do it,” Turner said. “It’s possible. It’s still a lot, but it’s possible. I think I’m going to have to do a lot of things right, and hopefully get a shot at accomplishing it.” (WP)

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Dennis Smith Jr Dunks Over J. Cole, Finishes 2nd in 2019 NBA Dunk Contest

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Former NC State ACC Freshman of the Year Dennis Smith Jr. competed in the NBA Dunk Contest on Saturday night, and finished 2nd behind Hamidou Diallo.

Smith’s best dunk of the contest was a soaring leap over rapper J. Cole, which earned him a score of 50. He also picked up another 50 score for vaulting over Dwayne Wade and catching an alley oop from Stephen Curry.

The highlights are below.

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