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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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Russell Wilson Passes Mahomes, Favorite to Win MVP After Week 6



Former NC State Quarterback Russell Wilson surpassed Patrick Mahomes as the favorite to win the 2019 NFL MVP Award after Week 6.


Mahomes has been the favorite to win the MVP all season long, while Wilson entered with season with 25/1 odds.

Wilson ranks 8th in passing yards (1,704), but ranks 1st in QB Rating (124.7) and 2nd in completion percentage (72.5%) and touchdown passes (14). The wild thing is that Wilson hasn’t thrown an interception all season. The Seahawks are 5-1.

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4 Former NC State Players Taken in XFL Draft



4 former NC State football players were taken in the XFL Draft the past two days.

Cornerback Jack Tocho was taken in the first round of the Secondary phase by the Los Angeles Wildcats.

Tocho is a well put together cornerback who carries a notable presence on the boundary. With good awareness and route recognition skills, Tocho will meet the requirements of an outside cornerback in the XFL and provide the Wildcats with a heady defender and a reliable tackler out on the edge. Tocho doesn’t necessarily possess top end explosiveness or short area agility, but his anticipation and technique will help him continue to be a plus starter at the XFL level while providing no shortage of plays on the football. He may need a bit of help in turn and run coverage over the top, but Tocho’s work in zone should have Wildcats fans excited about seeing him keying opposing quarterbacks in the backfield. (XFL)

Tocho was drafted by the Vikings in the 7th round of the 2017 NFL Draft, and played 1 year in the league. He spent the 2018 season on the Redskins Practice Squad, and played for the AAF in 2019 before it shut down.

Former All-ACC Offensive Guard Tony Adams was taken by the Tampa Bay Vipers in the 7th Round of the Offensive Line phase.

An impressive NC State product in the 2018 NFL Draft, they don’t come much stronger than Tony Adams. At the Shrine Game, Adams impressed with his ability to uproot interior defenders in the running game and stonewall their bull-rushes as a pass protector. Primarily a guard prospect who also spent time at center, Adams had NFL-caliber traits that the Jaguars took a long look at following the 2018 NFL Draft: his foot quickness, hand power, and core strength all illustrate that of a Day 1 starter at guard for the Vipers, who will likely make a killing running right through the holes Jones bulldozes open. (XFL)

Adams went undrafted in 2018, but was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars, and ultimately finished the year on the Patriots Practice Squad.

Cornerback Mike Stevens will be teammates with Tocho once again, being drafted by the Wildcats in the 9th round of the Secondary phase.

Former Offensive Guard Terronne Prescod was taken by the DC Defenders in the Open phase.

The XFL season will start in February after the NFL Super Bowl.


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Trea Turner is 1 of 7 Former NC State Players to Play in the World Series



Former NC State All-American Shortstop Trea Turner and the Washington Nationals advanced to the 2019 World Series after sweeping the Cardinals last night.

Turner is 1 of 10 former Wolfpack baseball players to play in the playoffs, and after last night, he is about to be 1 of 7 to play in the World Series.

Shortstop Trea Turner – 1 time (2019)
Infielder Jimmy Brown – 1 time (1942)
Pitcher Mike Caldwell – 1 time (1982)
Shortstop Adam Everett – 1 time (2005) (Transferred to South Carolina after 1 season)
Rightfielder Dave Robertson – 1 time (1917)
Pitcher Tim Stoddard – 1 time (1979)
Infielder Tracy Woodson – 1 time (1988)

If the Nationals win the World Series, Turner would be only the 3rd former NC State baseball player to win a World Series, and the first since 1988.


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Trea Turner’s 2 RBIs Help Send Nationals to 1st World Series



Former NC State All-American Shortstop Trea Turner’s 2 RBIs helped people Washington into the World Series last night, with the Nationals beating the Cardinals 7-4 in Game 4 of the NLCS, completing the sweep.

This marks the 1st World Series appearance in Nationals history.

Turner was 2-4 with 2 RBIs, and 1 run in the clinching game. In the NLCS, Turner’s batting average was .294, with 5 hits in 4 games.

Through 10 games this postseason, Turner is hitting .286, with a team-high 12 hits. He also has 6 runs, 3 2B’s, 1 HR, 3 RBI, and 3 BB.

After last night, Turner has played in 20 career postseason games, which means he has officially past Adam Everett for the most games played in the postseason by a former Wolfpacker.

Of course Turner was once again wearing an NC State rugby scrum cap for the postgame celebration.



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