Out of the 18 former NC State football players that ended the 2018 season on an NFL roster, 8 of them advanced to the playoffs that begin today with the Wild Card round.
Rookie Running Back Nyheim Hines and Quarterback Jacoby Brissett and the Colts (10-6) will kick off the 1st game of the NFL Playoffs. Indianapolis claimed the last Wild Card spot, and will face off against their AFC South foe Houston (11-5) on the road at 4:35 this afternoon. The Colts enter the game as 1.5 point underdogs. The 2 teams split the series in the regular season, with each team winning on the road. The Colts lost 37-34 in overtime in Indy on September 30th, and won 24-21 in Houston on December 9th.
Hines collected 12 receptions for 79 yards and 2 touchdowns combined in the Colts two games versus the Texans this season.
Brissett didn’t take a snap against Houston in the regular season.
Quarterback Russell Wilson and Offensive Guard JR Sweezy and the Seahawks (10-6) will face off against the Cowboys (10-6) down in Dallas for the night cap tonight at 8:15pm. Seattle enters the game as a 2-point underdog. The Seahawks made it into the playoffs as the top Wild Card in the NFC. Seattle defeated Dallas 24-13 at home in Week 3 in their lone matchup in the regular season.
Wilson was solid against the Boys in the regular season victory, completing 16 of his 26 passes for 192 yards and 2 touchdowns (0 interceptions), with a QB Rating of 109.8.
Sweezy started in all 15 of the games he played in this year, including the game against the Cowboys.
Quarterback Philip Rivers, Defensive Tackle Justin Jones and Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill and the Chargers (12-4) will face-off against the Ravens (10-6) on Sunday at 1:05pm in Baltimore. Los Angeles made it into the playoffs as the top Wild Card team in the AFC, and enter the game as 2.5 point underdogs. The Chargers fell to the Ravens 22-10 at home in Week 16 in their 1 matchup in the regular season.
Rivers’ worst game of the 2018 regular season came against the Ravens at home in Week 16, posting a QB Rating of 51.7. He completed 23 of his 37 passes for 181 yards and 2 interceptions (0 touchdowns). Jones saw action in 15 games this year, and recorded 1 tackle against Baltimore as a reserve. McGill played in 6 games for Los Angeles this year, but was inactive against the Ravens.
Offensive Guard Joe Thuney and the Patriots (11-5) earned a 1st round bye after winning the AFC East. Thuney has started every regular season and playoff game for New England since being drafted as a rookie three years ago.
Kentavius Street Activated from IR
Former NC State Defensive End Kentavius Street has been officially moved from the Injured Reserve to the 49ers Active Roster.
San Francisco drafted Street in the 4th round of the 2018 NFL Draft, despite the fact that he tore his ACL in a predraft workout. After missing the entirety of the 2018 season, Street was once again placed on the Injured Reserve on September 1st, having to undergo arthroscopic surgery.
Street was eligible to return after Week 8, and then was allowed to start practicing on December 4th.
The “Freak” is finally eligible to see his first action in the NFL after missing his first 29 games.
“I feel completely back to normal, now,” Street told reporters on Thursday. “Like, even coming back and practicing (during) training camp, OTAs, it still felt a little bit limiting. But right now is probably the best I’ve felt since prior to the injury.”
“Just getting him back out there, I know how hard he’s worked to get out there,” head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters on Friday. “I think each week, he’s gotten more of his legs under him.
“He’s been ready to go, but to get into football, practice, and everything, holding his gaps and stuff, looked in shape, healthy from the beginning and now getting these weeks of practice. He definitely looks ready to go this week and he’s getting his opportunity.” (Link)
Dontae Johnson Signs with 49ers…AGAIN
Former NC State Cornerback Dontae Johnson has signed with the 49ers for the 3rd time this season.
Richard Sherman is going to miss a few games with a hamstring injury, opening up a need for Johnson once again.
Johnson started this season with the Niners, then was released before the season began. He was scooped up by the Chargers, playing the first 2 games for Los Angeles before being released.
He then signed with San Francisco on October 3rd of this year, and played in 5 games for them, recording 4 tackles (2 special teams), before being released once again.
This weeks transaction marks the 4th time that San Francisco has signed Johnson. They originally drafted him in the 4th round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
This is Johnson’s 6th year in the NFL. He spent his 1st 4 years in the league in San Fran, and then spent time last season in Seattle, Arizona, and Buffalo, only playing 1 game all year due to injury.
Former NC State SS Will Wilson Traded to Giants Organization
Former NC State All-American Shortstop Will Wilson was traded by the Angels to the Giants’ organization on Tuesday.
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) December 10, 2019
After being drafted by the Angels with the 15th overall pick in the MLB Draft earlier this year, Wilson hit .275 in 46 games of Rookie ball with the Orem Owlz.
In his final season at NC State, Wilson led the team with a .335 batting average, 20 doubles, 16 home runs and a .661 slugging percentage, and finished eighth all-time in career doubles (57) and homers (39), and ninth in total bases (409).
Wilson is the 3rd highest draft pick in NC State history, and only the 2nd batter to be drafted in the 1st round, alongside another shortstop who is currently in the league as well: Trea Turner.
NC State in the NFL: Week 14 Report
18 of the 20 former NC State players on active NFL rosters saw action in Week 14 of the 2019 NFL season. Check out a breakdown of how they did below.
After some wondered if Quarterback Philip Rivers (starter) would be benched after two dismal weeks in Week 10 and 11, the Wolfpack legend has rebounded mightily. After recording a QB Rating of 106.3 in Week 13, Rivers was near perfect in the Chargers’ 45-10 thrashing of the Jags, with a QB Rating of 154.4, completing 16 of 22 for 314 yards and 3 touchdowns (0 interceptions). It was his best performance of 2019.
Philip Rivers' trash talk is amazing 😂
— ESPN (@espn) December 10, 2019
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (starter) rebounded, playing much better in the Colts’ 38-35 loss to the Bucs. After three straight games with a QB Rating in the 70’s, Brissett was 19 of 36 for 251 yards and 2 touchdowns (0 interceptions) for a QB Rating of 93.6.
Jacoby Brissett throws a 💣 to Marcus Johnson for 6️⃣ pic.twitter.com/Du4U4hPkRt
— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) December 8, 2019
Linebacker Germaine Pratt (starter) led the Bengals with 8 tackles in their 27-19 loss to the Browns, playing 72% of the snaps. Pratt has started 5 straight games, and the 8 tackles were a career high.
Germaine Pratt's PFF grades since being named the starter. pic.twitter.com/oApjSXo0mX
— Jeaux Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) December 9, 2019
Quarterback Russell Wilson (starter) played one of his worst games of 2019 in the Seahawks’ 28-12 loss to the Rams, completing 22 of 36 for 245 yards and 1 interception for a QB Rating of 69.8.
Running Back Jaylen Samuels (starter) rushed the ball 7 times for 16 yards, and had 2 receptions for 18 yards in Pittsburgh’s 23-17 victory over Arizona, playing 47% of the offensive snaps. It was his 4th start of the year.
Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (starter) was perfect, making all 3 field goal attempts (36, 47, 48) in Buffalo’s 24-17 loss to Baltimore.
Defensive Back Juston Burris (starter) had 3 tackles and 1 QB Hit in the Browns’ 27-19 victory over the Bengals, playing 32% of the defensive snaps.
Running Back Nyheim Hines rushed the ball 4 times for 1 yard, and had 4 receptions for 28 yards in Indy’s 38-35 loss to Tampa Bay, playing in 56% of the offensive snaps. He also lost a fumble. Hines returned 2 punts for an average of 17 yards.
Center Garrett Bradbury (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in Minnesota’s 20-7 victory over Detroit.
— Sean Borman (@SeanBormanNFL) December 8, 2019
Since Week 5, #Vikings center Garrett Bradbury is PFF's #10 ranked center in terms of Pass Blocking Efficiency at 98.4%.
— Purple FTW! Podcast (@PurpleForTheWin) December 9, 2019
Offensive Guard Joe Thuney (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in New England’s 23-16 loss to Kansas City.
— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) December 10, 2019
Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon had 1 reception for 30 yards (4 targets) in the Redskins’ 20-15 loss to the Packers, playing 85% of the offensive snaps.
Excellent job by Dwayne Haskins staying poised in the pocket on 3rd and 13. Blitz gets picked up and he finds Kelvin Harmon open over the middle to pick up the first down. #Redskins pic.twitter.com/KwUHp46YaD
— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) December 8, 2019
Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers had 1 reception for 35 yards (3 targets) in the Patriots’ 23-16 loss to the Chiefs, playing 57% of the offensive snaps.
Defensive End B.J. Hill had 2 tackles in the Giants’ 23-17 loss to the Eagles, playing in 37% of the defensive snaps.
Offensive Guard J.R. Sweezy (starter) played 60% of the offensive snaps in the Cardinals’ 23-17 loss to the Steelers. Sweezy was limited in practice last week due to illness, and has been limited this week as well.
Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (starter) had 1 tackle in Los Angeles 45-10 victory over Jacksonville, playing 77% of the defensive snaps.
Punter A.J. Cole (starter) punted the ball 5 times for an average of 44.2 yards in the Raiders’ 42-21 loss to the Titans.
Offensive Tackle Will Richardson played 18% of the offensive snaps in the Jags’ 45-10 loss to the Chargers.
Offensive Guard Ted Larsen played 5 Special Teams snaps in the Bears’ 31-24 victory over the Cowboys on Thursday night football.
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Quarterback Mike Glennon (Raiders)
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