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Six Former NC State Football Players Cut By NFL Teams

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We have already reported that Josh Jones, Stephen Louis, Matt Dayes, Juston Burris, Tyler Jones were released by NFL teams, but over the weekend, 6 other former Wolfpacker’s were cut as well.

For the second year in a row, Defensive Back Johnathan Alston was signed to a team in the offseason, but failed to make the 53-man roster. Alston went undrafted in 2018, but signed up with the Dolphins afterwards, but failed to make the cut. The same thing happened with the Lions this offseason, with Alston being released Saturday.

Alston spent his first three years playing Wide Receiver at NC State before switching to Cornerback his final season.

Tony Adams was an All-ACC Offensive Lineman at NC State, but he went undrafted in 2017, but was later picked up as an undrafted free agent by the Jaguars shortly after. Adams was released before things got started in Jacksonville, failing a physical. Near the end of the year, the Patriots signed him to their Practice Squad for their final 5 games (3 playoff games). He even had a short stint in the AAF before it shut down. Back in May, the Dolphins signed Adams as a Free Agent, but he was released on Saturday.

Cornerback Dontae Johnson reunited with the 49ers this offseason, the team that drafted him in the 4th round back in 2014. Johnson played his first 4 seasons in San Francisco, even starting all 16 games in 2017. He signed a free agent deal with the Seahawks before last season and was expected to start, but was put on the IR right away, and released briefly after. After that, Johnson signed with the Bills and Cardinals during the season, but never saw the field. This offseason, he signed with the Chiefs and was released, and eventually signed with the Niners in May, but was released Friday.

Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill was cut by the Chargers on Saturday. Last year was McGill’s first year in Los Angeles (4 game), after playing the first two games with the Eagles. He spent 2017 in Cleveland, and his first two seasons in Indy. McGill was an undrafted free agent by the Colts in 2015.

Tight End Pharoah McKever was signed by the Jags to a Futures Contract in December, but released in June. He was picked up by the Packers quickly afterwards, but cut on Friday.

Quarterback Jalan McClendon went undrafted this year, but was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Redskins, but was released Saturday.

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Russell Wilson 5th Fastest to 200 Touchdown Passes

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Former NC State Quarterback Russell Wilson threw his 200th career touchdown pass today, becoming the 5th fastest player to do so, bumping Tom Brady out of the Top-5.

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Wilson, who is 5’11”, is only the 2nd player in NFL history under 6’0″ to throw for 200 touchdowns.

Wilson finished today 29/35 for 300 yards with 3 touchdowns (QB Rating – 131.0).

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Raiders Sign Former NC State DB Juston Burris

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Former NC State cornerback Juston Burris has been signed by the Oakland Raiders after Safety Johnathan Abram was moved to the IR.

Burris was drafted by the Jets in the 4th Round of the 2016 NFL Draft, and played his first two seasons in New York. After the first 4 games of the 2018 season, the Jets cut Burris (he played in all 4 games), and was picked up by the Browns. Burris only played 4 games at Defensive Back for Cleveland after being picked up.

He saw a lot of action in New York his first two seasons, and was even the projected started heading into his second season.

Burris joins to other former NC State players in Oakland, with punter AJ Cole and quarterback Mike Glennon already wearing the Silver and Black.

While at NC State, Burris had 121 tackles, 3 interceptions and 18 pass deflections.

NC State now has 23 former players on active NFL rosters.

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Chargers Sign CB Dontae Johnson

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Former NC State Cornerback Dontae Johnson was  signed by the Los Angeles Chargers yesterday.

Johnson reunited with the 49ers this offseason, the team that drafted him in the 4th round back in 2014. Johnson played his first 4 seasons in San Francisco, even starting all 16 games in 2017. He signed a free agent deal with the Seahawks before last season and was expected to start, but was put on the IR right away, and released briefly after. After that, Johnson signed with the Bills and Cardinals during the season, but never saw the field. This offseason, he signed with the Chiefs and was released, and eventually signed with the Niners in May, but was released, even though he had 3 interceptions during the preseason.

With the addition of Johnson, there are three former Wolfpack football players on the Chargers, joining Quarterback Philip Rivers and Defensive Tackle Justin Jones.

Johnson was scooped up because LA had to put CB Trevor Williams on the IR with a quad injury.

NC State now has 22 former players on active NFL rosters.

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T.Y. McGill Signed by the Redskins

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Former NC State Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill was signed by the Redskins yesterday after being cut by the Chargers prior to the start of the season.

McGill wasn’t drafted in 2015, but was signed by the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent. He was cut by Seattle before the season began, and scooped up by Indianapolis, where he played 15 games over two seasons.

In 2017, McGill played 3 games for the Browns, and last year played 2 games for the Eagles, and 4 games for the Chargers.

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

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