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Jakobi Meyers Running with the 1st Team in New England Camp

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Former NC State Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers is the talk of the New England Patriots Fall Camp.

Yesterday, Meyers was running with the 1st Team in the initial walk through.

Every practice, whether at camp in Foxboro or Monday at the Lions practice facility, he tends to make at least one highlight reel film catch. Every practice, he runs great routes and is in the exact place Brady needs him to be.

Watching Meyers go up against the Lions, the 6-2, 200-pound wideout was tough on any defender who attempted to cover him. During the 1-on-1 drills, he made a leaping grab along the sideline. He managed to hold onto the football as he tumbled backwards to the ground. He’s made several acrobatic catches just like that in previous practices.

But that play just got his day started. The 23-year-old made several more head-turners to go along with others that seemed run-of-the-mill by comparison.

The fact Meyers essentially gave the Lions a healthy sampling of what he’s been doing in Foxboro, and even took it up a notch, has to bode well for the former North Carolina State receiver, who is looking to secure a job with the defending Super Bowl champions. (Herald)

He also has been one of the Pats getting reps returning punts.

With Julian Edelman out with a broken thumb, Meyers has been Brady’s favorite target through three weeks of camp.

“He’s done a great job and he’s taken advantage of his opportunities. I think that’s really what we try to stress to anybody. It really doesn’t matter – the football doesn’t care how old you are, whether you were drafted or not. The football doesn’t care how much experience you have,” Brady told reporters after the joint practice session. “It just knows that when I let that ball go, it’s got to be in the hands of the guy who it’s intended for. If that happens to be him, it’s him. If it’s Julian (Edelman), it’s Julian. Whoever it is, it doesn’t matter in football.” (Herald)

 

Matthew is Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He writes for all sports, with a focus on football and recruiting, and is in charge of business strategy. He is an NC State alum who majored in business. Matthew is also the lead pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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Former NC State All-ACC RB Nyheim Hines to be Released by the Bills

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Former NC State All-ACC Running Back Nyheim Hines is going to be released by the Buffalo Bills.

Hines was under contract for one more season in Buffalo, but it wasn’t guaranteed. He was set to make $4.06 million this season with the Bills.

Hines will always be remembered by the Bills Mafia for returning a kickoff for a touchdown, in the first play in the game after Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest in the game before.

Hines missed the entire 2023 season due to suffering a Torn ACL in a boating accident in the offseason, but he is expected to be ready by Training Camp.

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The Denver Broncos Are Releasing Russell Wilson

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Everyone saw this coming, but the Denver Broncos officially announced they will be releasing former NC State Quarterback Russell Wilson on March 13th.

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Wilson had this to say to Broncos Nation.

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The Broncos didn’t want to continue with Wilson as their starting Quarterback, no matter how much it cost. Denver will take on $85 million in Dead Cap, which is an NFL record. In fact, it’s more than the prior two Dead Cap records combined.

Largest dead cap hits in NFL history:
Russell Wilson ($85M)
Matt Ryan ($40.53M)
Aaron Rodgers ($40.31M)
Carson Wentz ($33.8M)
Russell Wilson, again ($26M)

By releasing him now, they are saving themselves from paying Wilson an additional $37 million in guaranteed money.

Where will Wilson play next season? According to Vegas, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the odds on favorite to acquire Wilson’s services.

The thought by many, is that Wilson is expected to sign for the league minimum, which is $1.21 million, because the Broncos will still be paying him his 2024 salary.

It will be interesting to say the least to see how this unfolds.

 

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Dylan McMahon Represented NC State on the NFL Combine Yesterday

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NC State Center Dylan McMahon will be showing off his athletic ability later today (1pm) at the NFL Combine, but yesterday he took to the podium. Check out some of what he had to say.

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Former NC State WR Jerricho Cotchery Named Head Coach at Limestone University

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Former All-ACC NC State Wide Receiver Jerricho Cotchery has been named the Head Coach at Limestone University.

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Cotchery has spent the past 2 seasons as the Wide Receivers Coach and Assistant Head Coach at Limestone, helping lead them to a 16-8 record over that span. Limestone’s conference record the past two years was 15-3, finishing as co-champs of the Piedmont Division of South Atlantic Conference both years.

After playing 12 years in the NFL, Cotchery served as the Carolina Panthers Assistant Wide Receivers Coach from 2017-19.

Cotchery ranks 2nd all-time at NC State in receiving yards, trailing only Torry Holt. He also ranks 4th in receptions.

Congrats Jerricho!

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