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NC State in the NFL: Week 4 Report



19 of the 21 former NC State players on active NFL rosters saw action in Week 4 of the 2019 NFL season. Check out a breakdown of how they did below. Cornerback Dontae Johnson was waived by the Chargers, and Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill was released by the Redskins.

Quarterback Philip Rivers (starter) was the best at his position in the NFL in Week 4, completing 24 of 30 passes for 310 yards and 2 touchdowns (0 interceptions) for a QB Rating of 131.9.

Quarterback Russell Wilson (starter) was solid once again, completing 22 of 28 for 240 yards and a touchdown (0 interceptions) with a QB Rating of 114.3 in Seattle’s 27-10 victory over Arizona. Wilson is off to the best start of his career.

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (starter) was 24 of 46 for 265 yards and 3 touchdowns (1 interception) for a QB Rating of 82.2 in the Colts’ 31-24 loss to the Raiders. Through 4 weeks, Brissett is tied for the NFL lead in touchdown passes (10).

Running Back Jaylen Samuels produced a historical trifecta on Monday night, completing all 3 of his “passes” for 31 yards, rushed 10 times for 26 yards and a touchdown, and snagged a team high 8 receptions for 57 yards in the Steelers’ 27-3 victory over the Bengals. He played in 45% of the offensive snaps.

Linebacker Bradley Chubb (starter) had 7 tackles, 1 sack, 3 QB Hits and 1 forced fumble in Denver’s 26-24 loss to Jacksonville. Unfortunately Chubb tore his ACL in the game, and will miss the remainder of the season.

Running Back Nyheim Hines had 6 receptions (6 targets) for 39 yards and 3 rushes for 6 yards in Indianapolis’ 31-24 loss to Oakland. Hines played in 45% of the offensive snaps. He ranks 2nd on the team through 4 games with 14 receptions.

Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (starter) had 1 tackle, 1 QB Hit and 1 forced fumble in Los Angeles’ 30-10 win over Miami. He played 69% of the defensive snaps.

Punter A.J. Cole (starter) punted the ball 5 times for an average of 50.6 yards in the Raiders 31-24 victory over the Colts. Three of his punts landed inside the 20-yard line.

Offensive Guard Joe Thuney (starter) played in 100% of the snaps in the Patriots’ 16-10 victory over the Bills. Thuney has started ever single game since entering the NFL. That was at risk when his name was on the injury report earlier in the week with a shoulder injury. Through 4 games, Thuney ranks 2nd in the NFL among Offensive Guards in Pass Block Win Rate.

Offensive Guard J.R. Sweezy (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in Arizona’s 27-10 loss to the Seahawks. Through 4 games, Sweezy ranks 6th in the NFL among Offensive Guards in Pass Block Win Rate.

Offensive Guard Ted Larsen (starter) started his first game of the season, playing 57% of the offensive snaps in the Bears’ 16-6 victory over the Vikings.

Center Garrett Bradbury (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Vikings’ 16-6 loss to the Bears. He has struggled through the first 4 games, allowing 13 pressures, which is on pace to be the most allowed by a Center in the ProFootballFocus era.

Defensive End B.J. Hill had 4 tackles in New York’s 24-3 victory over Washington. He played in 49% of the defensive snaps.

Linebacker Germaine Pratt had 2 tackles in Cincinnati’s 27-3 loss to Pittsburgh, playing in 21% of the defensive snaps.

Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon had 2 receptions for 14 yards in the Redskins’ 24-3 victory over the Giants. Harmon played 57% of the offensive snaps.

Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (starter) made a 46-yard field goal, and missed a 49-yard field goal in the Bills’ 16-10 loss to the Pats. He connected on his only extra point attempt.

Offensive Tackle Will Richardson played in 41% of the Offensive Snaps in the Jaguars’ 26-24 victory over the Broncos.

After starting the week before, Cornerback Juston Burris played 14% of the defensive snaps in Cleveland’s 40-25 victory over Baltimore.

Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers played 4 offensive snaps in New England’s 16-10 victory over the Bills.


Quarterback Mike Glennon (Raiders)

Quarterback Ryan Finley (Bengals)



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Future with Chargers ‘unclear’ for Philip Rivers after move



NC State legend, Philip Rivers has been a lifelong Charger. He was drafted in 2004 and has spent his entire 15-year career with the same NFL team (which in today’s game is insane). However, it is no secret that his career is winding down and now with the news that Adam Schefter just broke, could it be curtains for this future Hall of Famer?

According to multiple sources, Philip Rivers and his family have permanently moved from San Diego to Florida, but he tells ESPN that he isn’t planning retirement at this point.

“I plan to play football, so yes,” Rivers said on Dec. 29. “Where that is going to be will get sorted out over the next few months. I’ve never been in this position. … I’m very thankful for the 16 years, and if there is another, I’ll be thankful for that.” (ESPN)

Rivers is a free agent and there were questions on what the Chargers were planning to do. He is now 38 years old, coming off a sub-par season and now letting it be known that he and his family have moved. So was the writing on the wall, did Rivers make the Chargers decision for them, or could he come back to the Chargers on a one year deal?

Here are some of the initial reactions…

There had been rumors floating around throughout the season that Rivers may end up with the Dolphins and this move just adds fuel to that fire. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

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Torry Holt is a Finalist for the NFL Hall of Fame



Former NC State Wide Receiver Torry Holt has been named a Modern Era Finalist for the 2020 NFL Hall of Fame Class for the first time. Holt has been a Semi-Finalist the first 5 years he’s been eligible, but this is the first time he made it to the Final 15.

Five of the Fifteen players will make the final cut, who receive at least 80% of the votes.

Holt played 11 seasons, and was a Pro Bowler in 7 of them (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007). He also earned 1st Team All-Pro honors in 2003, and 2nd Team All-Pro honors in 2006.

He led the NFL in receiving yards twice (2000 & 2003) and receptions once (2003)

In 11 seasons, Holt ranked in the Top-10 in receiving yards 8 times (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007), receptions 5 times (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006), and touchdown receptions 4 times (2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006).

He was also a part of “The Greatest Show on Turf” with Kurt Warner throwing the ball to him and Isaac Bruce. They went to 2 Super Bowls, and took home the trophy in 2001.

The only reason Holt hasn’t made it into the Hall of Fame already is because his body didn’t hold on for a couple more seasons. What he did in a shortened career is remarkable, and shouldn’t be denied simply because his career numbers aren’t as high as others.

He was the youngest player to accumulate 10,000 receiving yards, as well as 11,000. Holt’s the only player in NFL history to have over 1,300 receiving yards in 6 straight seasons.

He averaged 77.4 receiving yards per game for his career, which ranks 7th all-time in NFL history.

You could make an argument that for a decade, there was no better receiver in the NFL than Torry Holt. If you are in the conversation for being the best at your position throughout the length of your career, you should be in the Hall of Fame.

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Philip Rivers’ Status for Next Season is Up in the Air



Former NC State Quarterback Philip Rivers just wrapped up his 16th season in the NFL, which have all been played for the Chargers.

Rivers just wrapped up the final year of a 4-year $83.25 million contract, and it wasn’t the shining moment of his career to say the least. His QB Rating of 88.5 for the year marked his second lowest single season rating of his career. His 23 passing touchdowns were the third lowest of his career, with the other two seasons being his first two. Rivers threw 20 interceptions for the 3rd time in his career.

It wasn’t all bad for the former ACC Player of the Year, throwing for 4,615 yards, which ranked 4th in the NFL at a 66.0% clip, which ranked 10th.

Rivers has no plan to retire, but he doesn’t know for sure that he will be back with the Bolts in 2020.

“Yeah, I plan to play football, so yeah,” Rivers said. “Again, where that’s going to be, I think that’s going get sorted out over the next three months, I guess. I’ve never been in this position. I usually don’t even know when the league year starts and when all those things are. We’ll just kind of see. Again, I’m very thankful for 16 years, and if there’s another, I’ll be thankful for that one. But I think just with the uncertainty just comes that unknown.” (NBC)

Chargers GM Tom Telesco hasn’t ruled out the return of Rivers in 2020.

“In a perfect world, No. 17 is your quarterback forever,” Telesco says. “I hope that I’m not offending Dan Fouts when I say that. [Rivers] has meant everything to this organization. You work with different players differently. He has been here for a long time. When I talk with him, he’s a joy to work with. Nobody has a better perspective on what goes on — not only just with him, but with the football team — than he does.”

“I think Philip would say the same thing, there are some plays that he probably definitely wants back, but there are also some throws that he makes still that a lot of quarterbacks in this league can’t make,” Telesco says. “It doesn’t matter how old you are. I think he can still compete at a top-starter level.”

“We need to get removed from the season a little bit,” Telesco says. “Even, right now it’s just way too early. I’ve been out at a couple of games. We just finished the season. We need to take a step back for a little bit of time. We have time. The first day of the league year is March 18. Our players come in April 20. Camp starts in July. We’ll know before July, obviously, but you need some time to kind of let things decompress a little bit.” (SI)

Some NFL Executives speculate that Rivers could end up in Indianapolis, taking the job of another former Wolfpack Quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

NFL executives, via ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, believe that the Colts would explore the option of bringing in Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers if he and the Chargers part ways this offseason. The reasoning is based on Rivers’ past history with Colts head coach Frank Reich, who was the Chargers’ quarterbacks coach during the 2013 season. (CBS)

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Wilson and Thuney make PFF’s 2019 All-Pro Teams



ProFootballFocus has released their 2019 All-Pro Teams, and 2 former NC State football players were honored.

Despite the fact that Lamar Jackson’s destined to win the 2019 NFL MVP Award, PFF put QB Russell Wilson on their 1st Team instead of Jackson.

Lamar Jackson is the presumptive league MVP, and his development this year has been phenomenal, but what Russell Wilson has been able to do while dragging a sub-par offense has been remarkable. Wilson’s grade and PFF WAR has been incredible all season long, and even when the offense cooled down the stretch, he was still making big plays only to be let down by his supporting cast. Wilson finished the year with six more big-time throws than any other quarterback, and he had just 11 turnover-worthy plays to balance those high-end plays. (PFF)

New England Patriots’ Offensive Guard Joe Thuney made the 2nd Team, after being snubbed of the Pro Bowl.

Joe Thuney has played his role in making sure that doesn’t happen. His pressure rate allowed of 2.5% trails only Marshal Yanda and Richie Incognito among all guards with 250 or more pass-blocking snaps this season. (PFF)

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