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Steelers Have Big Plans for Jaylen Samuels in Year 2

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It looks like the Pittsburgh Steelers have big plans for former NC State H-Back Jaylen Samuels in Year 2.

Samuels’ role comes as James Conner has apparently been handled with kid gloves in an effort to keep him healthy and fresh. Per Kaboly, Samuels has been OC Randy Fichtner’s “Christmas toy that he didn’t learn to play with until the following year.” Kaboly reports Samuels has been used both as the backup running back and an offensive weapon who can “can line up just about everywhere.” Regardless of Conner’s usage, Samuels is sounding like someone who could have standalone fantasy value in PPR leagues. (Roto)

According to J-Sam, the Steelers have plans to have him and James Conner on the field sometimes.

“I’m pretty sure it’s going to be something special put into the offense,” Samuels said. “They will have us start off in the backfield or I can start out wide or motion out.”

“A lot of guys are fast. It’s all about speed,” Samuels said. “If I can build up my speed a little faster, I feel like I’ll be more decisive in and out of my cuts as a pure runner. I feel like I got faster. I can get in and out of my cuts a little bit better. Still have to work on my route running, my overall game.” (ESPN)

With Eddie Faulkner, former NC State Tight Ends/Special Teams coach, serving as the Steelers Running Backs coach, expect Pittsburgh to enjoy seeing Samuels used more often, and in a variety of ways.

 

 

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NC State in the NBA: 2019 Preseason Recap

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The 2019 NBA Preseason has come to a close, and before the 2019-20 Regular season kicks off on Tuesday night, here’s a recap of how former NC State players did in the Preseason.

Former ACC Player of the Year T.J. Warren led the Pacers in scoring (14.8) in their 4 preseason games, shooting 47.6% from the field, an 50% from beyond the arch. Warren is a lock to be the starting Small Forward in Indy.

Former ACC Freshman of the Year Dennis Smith Jr. was dinged up some, and only played in 2 preseason games, averaging 6.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. DSJ shot poorly, hitting 17.6% of his shots. Smith Jr. isn’t a lock for the starting point guard job in New York, battling things out with Elfrid Payton.

Guard C.J. Williams only played in one game for the Brooklyn Nets for 2.2 minutes, recording no stats, before being waived.

Guard Jalen Lecque, who was supposed to be a Freshman at NC State this season, played in 3 games for the Suns this preseason, averaging 3.7 points in an average of 4.9 minutes per game.

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Former NC State G C.J. Williams Waived by Brooklyn Nets

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Former NC State Guard C.J. Williams has been waived by the Nets. He only played 2.2 minutes in 1 game for Brooklyn this preseason.

Williams’ contract with Brooklyn was non-guaranteed. Despite being waived, the Nets could be interested in making C.J. a member of the Long Island Nets, their G-League affiliate, but if they were to do so, they would have to acquire his G-League rights from the Iowa Wolves.

After 4 years overseas, and 1 year strictly in the G-League, Williams served as an NBA 2-Way player the past two seasons with the Clippers and the Timberwolves.

Williams played for NC State from 2008-12, averaging 10.6 points per game his Senior year.

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Former NC State DT T.Y. McGill Signs With Chargers Again

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Former NC State Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill has signed with Los Angeles Chargers once again.

McGill has been with 5 teams since joining the NFL in 2015 as an undrafted free agent. He played 4 games for the Chargers last year, but was cut prior to the season. McGill was picked up by the Redskins this offseason, but didn’t see the field before being waived a few weeks back.

McGill had 120 tackles and 10 sacks while at NC State.

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Former NC State Guard Trevor Lacey Signs with Milwaukee Bucks

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Former NC State Guard Trevor Lacey has been signed by the Milwaukee Bucks.

Lacey played the past 4 seasons overseas after leaving Raleigh. He played his first two seasons professionally in Italy, and the past two years in Russia for Lokomotiv Kuban. It’s honestly rather shocking that Lacey picked up an NBA contract, considering the fact that he hasn’t exactly been blowing it up in Russia last year. He only averaged 5.6 points per game last year, starting in only 10 of 30 games.

With that being said, Lacey has shot the ball extremely well from beyond the arch overseas, shooting 43.5% last year, and 40.9% the year before.

The extent of Lacey’s contract is unknown at this point. Whether it is a regular NBA contract, or a 2-way contract hasn’t been revealed.

After averaging 16 points per game in one season at NC State, Lacey opted out of his final season to pursue his professional career. After going undrafted, he did experience a little bit of the NBA, playing in the Summer League his first two summers after leaving Raleigh.

Lacey left Lokomotiv Kuban in March to come back to the United States due to family issues.

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