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NC State NFL Preseason Week 3 Report: Thursday

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Week 3 of the 2019 NFL Preseason kicked off last night, and quite a few former NC State football players were in action.

Quarterback Ryan Finley was sharp once again, completing 14 of his 20 pass attempts for 155 yards in the Bengals 25-23 loss to the Giants (92.7 QB Rating). Heading into Week 3 of the 2019 NFL Preseason, legend Kurt Warner believed that Finley was the best rookie quarterback thus far.

Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers probably caught some grief after the game for his holding penalty and going 0-3 on attempts from Tom Brady, but he still proved to be one of the most productive receivers in the 2019 NFL preseason last night. Meyers had 7 receptions for 74 yards (12 targets) in the Patriots 10-3 victory over the Panthers. He is currently leading the NFL this preaseason in receiving yards (225) and receptions (19).

Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon had 2 receptions for 37 yards on 3 targets in the Redskins 19-7 victory over the Falcons.

Linebacker Germaine Pratt had 1 tackle, 0.5 sacks and 1 QB hit in the Bengals 25-23 loss to the Giants.

Defensive End B.J. Hill had 1 QB Hit in the Giants 25-23 victory over the Bengals.

Quarterback Mike Glennon was 4-9 for 38 yards in the Raiders 22-21 victory over the Packers.

Punter A.J. Cole averaged 42.2 yards per punt (6 punts), placing 1 inside the 20 in the Raiders 22-21 victory over the Packers.

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 G Terquavion Smith Earns a Spot on the 2023-23 NBA G-League All-Rookie Team

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Former NC State Guard Terquavion Smith earned a spot on the 2023-24 NBA G-League All-Rookie Team.

Smith averaged 22.3 points, 3.4 assists and 3 rebounds per game for the Delaware Blue Coats. What’s crazy, is that he only started in 3 of the 36 games he played in. With that being said, he averaged 30.7 minutes per game. Smith shot 35.6% from three.

As a 2-way player, Smith also played 16 games for the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 3.3 points in 5.3 minutes per game. He shot 37.1% from three.

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NC State LB Payton Wilson Visited with the Steelers Yesterday

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Former NC State Linebacker Payton Wilson had a Top-30 visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday. Wilson is the first Linebacker the Steelers have brought in.

Wilson has already had Top-30 visits with the Dallas Cowboys and the Carolina Panthers.

PFF ranks Wilson as the #1 Linebacker in the 2024 Draft, and #26 on their Big Board.

1. LB PAYTON WILSONNC STATE

PFF BIG BOARD RANK: 26

Wilson has the length, movement ability, IQ and tape of a first-round linebacker. What will likely keep him from being drafted on Day 1 is his injury history and age. If healthy, he can be a starting inside linebacker in any defense. (PFF)

Will someone take Wilson in the 1st round? Will he be a 2nd round pick? If he slips past that, that’s just stupid.

 

 

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NC State’s DJ Horne Declares for the NBA Draft

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NC State Guard DJ Horne has officially declared for the 2024 NBA Draft.

 

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Horne is trying to become the first Wolfpack player to be drafted since Dennis Smith Jr. was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the 6th pick in the 1st Round.

While Horne might not currently be projected to be drafted, he is trying to change that tune at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament which begins tomorrow.

Horne is a special player, and genuinely possesses the skill set to compete at the next level. Whether he is drafted, or signs a 2-way contract, what he put on tape this year warrants a chance.





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Former NC State Defensive End Savion Jackson is Receiving Interest from NFL Teams

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Former NC State Defensive End Savion Jackson is receiving interest from NFL teams. Thus far, those teams are the Rams, Chargers, 49ers, and Broncos.

Last season as a Senior, Jackson had 40 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks in 12 games for the Wolfpack. His Run Defense grade on PFF was 80.6, ranking 4th on the team.

According to current projections, Jackson projects to be taken on Day 3 of the 2024 NFL Draft, or picked up as an Undrafted Free Agent.

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