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NC State NFL Preseason Week 1 Report: 8/11/19

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The 1st Week of the 2019 NFL Preseason has wrapped up, and quite a few former NC State players were in action on Friday and Saturday.

If you missed our report from Thursday night, check it out here.

Running Back Jaylen Samuels looked like the ghost of Le’Veon Bell on Friday night in the Steelers 30-28 victory over the Bucs.

Samuels finished with 2 carries for 22 yards, and 1 reception for 9 yards.

Quarterback Ryan Finley was 13-18 for 109 yards, with 1 touchdown and 1 interception (QB Rating: 82.9) in the Bengals 38-17 loss to the Chiefs. On his scoring drive, he was 12 of 13 for 100 yards. Finley is fighting to be Andy Dalton’s backup. After a rough go of it when he arrived in Cincinnati, this was a good step in that direction. He’s been primarily leading the 2nd team offense as of late.

Linebacker Germaine Pratt had 2 tackles in the Bengals 38-17 loss to the Chiefs.

Quarterback Mike Glennon was 17 of 25 for 200 yards with 2 interceptions (0 touchdowns/QB Rating: 58.8) in the Raiders 14-3 victory over the Rams.

Punter A.J. Cole had 4 punts that went for an average of 43 yards, pinning 2 of them down inside the 20-yard line (Long: 49 yards) in the Raiders 14-3 victory over the Rams

Defensive End Kentavius Street had 4 tackles and 2 tackles for loss in the 49ers 17-9 victory over the Cowboys.

Cornerback Dontae Johnson had one pass deflection in the 49ers 17-9 victory over the Cowboys.

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Could Ryan Finley Start for the Bengals in London?

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The Bengals are 0-7, and many are clamoring for Quarterback Andy Dalton to have a seat, and give a shot to former NC State Quarterback Ryan Finley at turning the ship.

Cincinnati head coach Zac Taylor was unwilling to talk about switching quarterbacks after their loss to Jacksonville yesterday.

“That’s not something I’m going to talk about right now,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said after the 27-17 loss to the Jaguars, via Ben Baby of ESPN. (Link)

Dalton’s 77.9 QB Rating is the worst of his career. He has 8 interceptions on the year, and threw 3 yesterday against the Jags…in the 4th quarter.

Many are ready for a change in Cincy…

The Bengals took Finley in the 4th round this Summer in the 2019 NFL Draft. Could Sunday be his debut?

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Jacoby Brissett Has Career Day Propelling Colts to 1st Place in AFC South

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Former NC State Quarterback Jacoby Brissett continues to prove the doubters wrong, having a career day yesterday in the Colts 30-23 victory over the Texans, moving them past Houston into 1st place in the AFC South.

Brissett threw for a career high 326 yards and a career high 4 touchdown passes (0 interceptions), with a career high QB Rating of 126.7.

Brissett’s 14 touchdown passes on the year currently rank 2nd in the NFL, and the three quarterbacks ahead of him with 15 haven’t had a BYE week yet, unlike him.

Of course, Brissett is still one of the worst interviews in football because of his humility, always giving credit to his teammates.

You’ve gotta love it.

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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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