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Rodon Strikes out 9 in Loss to Rays



Former NC State All-American pitcher Carlos Rodon picked up his second loss of the season on Monday in a duel against reigning Cy Young winner Blake Snell of the Rays.

Rodon’s 111 pitches only got him through 4.2 innings, surrendering 4 earned runs. While walks haven’t been a problem through the first two games, they have been in the past, and they were on Monday, walking 5.

It wasn’t all bad for Rodon, striking out 9 (back-to-back). Fifty-five of his pitches went for strikes, including 20 for swinging strikes. Control was the thorn in Rodon’s side.

“Today we probably threw more sliders, but that’s what was working, and we had to go to it,” Rodon said. “In the future, in the near future, it’s going to be more fastballs and mix in some changeups in the repertoire.

Later in the game, it seems like there was a lot of swing-and-miss, but I’d like to have that fastball going in the strike zone more often. Just falling behind hitters, not establishing the strike zone, that’s how you get yourself hurt. I put the damage on myself out there walking five today.”

Carlos Rodon

Earlier today, Rodon said that he needs to throw more change-ups into his repertoire. Last year he threw the change-up at a 14% clip, which was a career high, but he’s down to 5.1% through three starts this year.

“The changeup is a good pitch when I’m behind, a pitch that gets early contact, ground balls, something that I think I’ll be featuring more. It will help command-wise, it will help fastball command. It’s a plus changeup. I just need to use it more. Right now, I’m 50-50 [with fastball/slider]. As a hitter, think about it? Flip a coin. The odds are easier for them. Mix in a changeup now and then and a lot of things change.“

Carlos Rodon

Rodon is now 1-2 on the year, with a 3.38 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, and 24 strikeouts in 16 innings through 3 starts. His next start is scheduled to be against the Yankees on Sunday.

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NC State in the NFL: Week 13 Report



18 of the 20 former NC State players on active NFL rosters saw action in Week 13 of the 2019 NFL season. Check out a breakdown of how they did below. Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill was waived by the Chargers prior to Week 13.

Quarterback Philip Rivers (starter) had his best game in weeks, posting a 106.3 QB Rating in the Chargers’ 23-20 loss to the Broncos. He completed 20 of 29 for 265 yards with 2 touchdowns (1 interception).

Quarterback Russell Wilson (starter) was 21 of 31 for 240 yards and 2 touchdowns (1 interception) in Seattle’s 37-30 victory over Minnesota. Heading into Week 14, Wilson is the highest graded quarterback in the NFL according to ProFootballFocus.

Running Back Nyheim Hines (starter) rushed the ball 4 times for 22 yards and a touchdown, had 2 receptions for 18 yards, and returned 2 punts for an average of 16 yards in Indy’s 31-17 loss to Tennessee, playing 43% of the offensive snaps.

Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon (starter) had 3 receptions for 51 yards, leading the Redskins in receiving in their 29-21 victory over the Panthers. He led Washington in targets, and played 84% of the offensive snaps.

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (starter) continued to struggle since coming back from a knee injury, posting his 3rd straight game with a QB Rating in the 70’s. He was 25 of 40 for 319 yards and 1 touchdown (2 interceptions) in the Colts’ 31-17 loss to the Titans.

Linebacker Germaine Pratt (starter) had 5 tackles in the Bengals’ 22-6 victory over the Jets, playing 47% of the defensive snaps.

Cornerback Juston Burris (starter) had 4 tackles and 1 tackle for loss in the Browns 20-13 loss to the Steelers, playing 100% of the defensive snaps.

Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers had 3 receptions for 46 yards in New England’s 28-22 loss to Houston, playing in 70% of the offensive snaps.

Running Back Jaylen Samuels (starter) had 7 carries for 32 yards and 2 receptions for 22 yards in Pittsburgh’s 20-13 win over Cleveland. He played 55% of the offensive snaps.

Offensive Guard Joe Thuney (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Pats’ 28-22 loss to the Texans.

Offensive Guard J.R. Sweezy (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in Arizona’s 34-7 loss to Los Angeles.

Center Garrett Bradbury (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in Minnesota’s 37-30 loss to Seattle on Monday Night Football. Over the last three weeks, Garrett Bradbury has allowed just one pressure across 120 pass-blocking snaps.

Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (starter) had 1 tackle in Los Angeles’ 23-20 loss to Denver, playing a team-high 70% of the defensive snaps.

Defensive End B.J. Hill had 2 tackles in the Giants’ 31-13 loss to the Packers, playing 49% of the defensive snaps.

Offensive Tackle Will Richardson played 34% of the offensive snaps in Jacksonville’s 28-11 loss to Tampa Bay.

Punter A.J. Cole (starter) punted the ball two times for an average of 38.5 yards in Oakland’s 40-9 loss to the Chiefs.

Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (starter) made field goals from 41 and 26, missing one from 50 yards out in Buffalo’s 26-15 victory on Thanksgiving Day. He also missed one of his three extra point attempts.

Offensive Guard Ted Larsen played 5 Special Teams snaps in the Bears 24-20 victory over the Lions on Thanksgiving.


Quarterback Ryan Finley (Bengals)
Quarterback Mike Glennon (Raiders)


Linebacker Bradley Chubb (Broncos) – knee
Defensive End Kentavius Street (49ers) – knee


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Making the Case for Torry Holt’s Hall of Fame Induction…AGAIN



This is Holt’s 6th consecutive year as a nominee for the NFL Hall of Fame, being nominated in his first year of eligibility in 2015 (has to be 5 years after retirement). Holt has been a semifinalist every time, including this year, with the 25 players being revealed earlier this week.


Holt played 11 seasons, and was a Pro Bowler in 7 of them (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007). He also earned 1st Team All-Pro honors in 2003, and 2nd Team All-Pro honors in 2006.

He led the NFL in receiving yards twice (2000 & 2003) and receptions once (2003)

In 11 seasons, Holt ranked in the Top-10 in receiving yards 8 times (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007), receptions 5 times (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006), and touchdown receptions 4 times (2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006).

He was also a part of “The Greatest Show on Turf” with Kurt Warner throwing the ball to him and Isaac Bruce. They went to 2 Super Bowls, and took home the trophy in 2001.

The only reason Holt hasn’t made it into the Hall of Fame already is because his body didn’t hold on for a couple more seasons. What he did in a shortened career is remarkable, and shouldn’t be denied simply because his career numbers aren’t as high as others.

He was the youngest player to accumulate 10,000 receiving yards, as well as 11,000. Holt’s the only player in NFL history to have over 1,300 receiving yards in 6 straight seasons.

He averaged 77.4 receiving yards per game for his career, which ranks 7th all-time in NFL history.

You could make an argument that for a decade, there was no better receiver in the NFL than Torry Holt. If you are in the conversation for being the best at your position throughout the length of your career, you should be in the Hall of Fame.

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Russell Wilson Becomes 1st QB in NFL History to Start Career with 8 Consecutive Winning Seasons



Former NC State Quarterback Russell Wilson made history on Sunday. After the Seahawks defeated the Eagles 17-9, a winning record in 2019 was secured, which means that Russell Wilson has led Seattle to 8 consecutive winning seasons to start his career.

How many quarterbacks have ever done that?


Russell Wilson.

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Ryan Finley OUT as Starting Quarterback in Cincinnati



The Ryan Finley experiment in Cincinnati is over. After starting the past three games for the Bengals, the former NC State quarterback will sit back down on the bench, with Andy Dalton stepping back into his normal role.

According to Ian Rapoport, with the Bengals season shot, this more of an opportunity to evaluate Finley, than Dalton being benched.

Finley struggled mightily in his three starts, completing only 47.1% of his passes, producing a QB Rating of 62.1, and turning the ball over 5 times.

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