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8 Former NC State Players Advance to the NFL Playoffs

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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.

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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.

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