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Bradley Chubb Makes PFF’s 2018 All-Rookie Team

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Former NC State Consensus All-American Bradley Chubb finished with 12 sacks in his first season in the NFL, breaking the Broncos’ Rookie Sack Record, and tying for the 7th most in NFL history by a rookie.

ProFootballFocus released their 2018 All-Rookie Team today, and Chubb made the cut, and it was because of more than his ability to sack the quarterback. Here’s what they had to saw about the former Nagurski Award winner.

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Chubb takes the headlines from the rookie defensive linemen class based on sack totals alone, but as we’ve proven, sack totals aren’t predictive of future sack totals, so a better indicator of potential future play for the former NC State standout is his rookie-leading 58 total pressures, something that correlates over much better from year to year.  That’s something that should excite Broncos fans for some time. (PFF)

PFF 2018 All-Rookie Team

QB – Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
RB – Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
WR – D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers
WR – Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons
Flex Offense – Robert Foster, Buffalo Bills
TE – Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens
OT – Mike McGlinchey, San Francisco 49ers
Interior OL – Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis Colts
Interior OL – James Daniels, Chicago Bears
Interior OL – Will Hernandez, New York Giants
OT – Braden Smith, Indianapolis Colts

Edge Defender – Marcus Davenport, New Orleans Saints
Edge Defender – Bradley Chubb, Denver Broncos
Interior DL – Da’Shawn Hand, Detroit Lions
Interior DL – Vita Vea, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
LB – Leighton Vander Esch, Dallas Cowboys
LB – Darius Leonard, Indianapolis Colts
CB – Jaire Alexander, Green Bay Packers
CB – Denzel Ward, Cleveland Browns
S – Derwin James, Los Angeles Chargers
S – Jessie Bates, Cincinnati Bengals
Flex Defense – Justin Reid, Houston Texans

K – Jason Sanders, Miami Dolphins
P – Michael Dickson, Seattle Seahawks
R – Tremon Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
Special Teamer – Zeke Turner, Arizona Cardinals (PFF)

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Joe Thuney Starts 50th Straight Game, On his way to a 3rd Straight Super Bowl

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Former NC State All-American Offensive Lineman Joe Thuney started his 50th consecutive game for New England yesterday, in the Patriots’ 37-31 victory over the Chiefs. Thuney has started every single regular season and postseason game since entering the league as a rookie.

The Pat’s and Thuney are on their way to their 3rd consecutive Super Bowl.

Thuney’s NFL young NFL career: 3 seasons…3 Super Bowls.

The three Super Bowl appearances is the 2nd most ever by a former NC State football player.

Jim Ritcher – 4
Joe Thuney – 3
Mike Cofer – 2
Perry Williams – 2
Mike Jones – 2
Torry Holt – 2
Russell Wilson – 2
J.R. Sweezy – 2
Steven Hauschka – 2
(Bill Cowher – 2 – as a head coach)

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Bradley Chubb Named to 2018 PFWA All-Rookie Team

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Former NC State consensus All-American Bradley Chubb didn’t take long to establish himself in the NFL, officially being named to the PFWA (Pro Football Writers of America) 2018 All-Rookie Team.

2018 PFWA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
Offense
QB – Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
RB – Saquon Barkley, New York Giants; Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos
WR – Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons; DJ Moore, Carolina Panthers
TE – Chris Herndon, New York Jets
C – Billy Price, Cincinnati Bengals
G – Will Hernandez, New York Giants; Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis Colts
T – Mike McGlinchey, San Francisco 49ers; Braden Smith, Indianapolis Colts
Defense
DL – Bradley Chubb, Denver Broncos; Marcus Davenport, New Orleans Saints; Da’Shawn Hand, Detroit Lions; Daron Payne, Washington Redskins
LB – Darius Leonard, Indianapolis Colts; Roquan Smith, Chicago Bears; Leighton Vander Esch, Dallas Cowboys
CB – Jaire Alexander, Green Bay Packers, Denzel Ward, Cleveland Browns
S – Jessie Bates, Cincinnati Bengals; Derwin James, Los Angeles Chargers
Special Teams
PK – Jason Sanders, Miami Dolphins
P – Michael Dickson, Seattle Seahawks
KR – Tremon Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
PR – Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals
ST – Zeke Turner, Arizona Cardinals (PFWA)

Chubb finished his rookie campaign with 12 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 60 total tackles. His 12 sacks broke Von Miller’s Bronco’s rookie sack record of 11.5 set back in 2011. Chubb earned Rookie of the Month honors in October, when he tallied 5.5 sacks over a three week span.

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Philip Rivers and the Chargers Defeat the Ravens 23-17 to Advance

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Former NC State quarterback Philip Rivers led the Chargers to a 23-17 victory over the Ravens yesterday in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, setting up a matchup against the Patriots in the Divisional Round next weekend.

Rivers had a quiet performance, completing 22 of his 32 passes for 160 yards (0 touchdowns and 0 interceptions).

His 9-yard run and celebration thereafter were probably my favorite moments of the game.

You gotta love this guy.

Rivers’ record in the playoffs is now 5-5, but he will have to go up to New England, and beat Tom Brady and Patriots to bump that to a winning record.

This will be the 8th time Rivers has faced Brady, and he’s yet to walk away with a victory.

“It’s exciting to get another chance,” Rivers said. “I think it just goes to show, unless you’re the Patriots and I know there’s some other teams that get in the postseason a lot, it’s hard. They’ve been in the conference championship I think seven or eight in a row or whatever, but for most of us it’s not that easy to get in and when you get in and now you know you’re one of eight teams, that’s all you can ask for is a chance.” (Chargers)

Rivers is joined by two other former NC State football players in Defensive Tackles Justin Jones (Rookie) and T.Y. McGill (4th season).

McGill recorded a tackle for loss against the Ravens, and Jones finished with 2 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and 1 sack.

The Chargers and the Patriots are set to kickoff next Sunday at 1:05pm on CBS.

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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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