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NC State in the NFL: Week 7 Report

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16 of the 21 former NC State players on active NFL rosters saw action in Week 7 of the 2019 NFL season. Check out a breakdown of how they did below.

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (starter) had the best game of his career, with a career high in passing yards (326), touchdown passes (4) and QB Rating (126.7) in Indianapolis’ 30-23 victory over Houston. Brissett has led the Colts to 1st place in the AFC South now.

His 14 touchdowns are the 2nd most in the NFL, and the three player with 15 haven’t had a bye week like he has. Brissett was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Offensive Guard Joe Thuney (starter) played 95% of the offensive snaps in New England’s 33-0 victory over the Jets. He ranks 3rd in Pass Block Win Rate amongst the NFL’s Offensive Guards.

Thuney made ProFootballFocus’ Week 7 Team of the Week.

Thuney finished the Pats’ Monday night affair with the Jets as the team’s highest-graded offensive player and the highest-graded left guard in football on the week. He allowed zero pressures from 47 pass-blocking snaps and earned an impressive 75.3 run-blocking grade. (NFL)

Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers had 5 receptions for 47 yards in the Patriots’ 33-0 victory over the Jets. He played in 51% of the offensive snaps, and his 5 receptions were a career high.

Center Garrett Bradbury (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Vikings’ 42-30 victory over the Lions. He has been a mean man the past three weeks. Through the first 4 weeks, he was the worst graded Center in the NFL, and the past three weeks he has ranked 3rd.

After 2 subpar weeks, Quarterback Philip Rivers (starter) rebounded in the Chargers’ 23-20 loss to the Titans, completing 24 of 38 for 329 yards and 2 touchdowns (0 interceptions) for a QB Rating of 108.3.

Quarterback Russell Wilson (starter) had his worst performance since Week 14 of last year, compiling a QB Rating of 65.2 in Seattle’s 30-16 loss to Baltimore. He was 20 of 41 for 241 yards and a touchdown, and had an interception returned for a touchdown. Wilson also rushed 3 times for 27 yards.

Quarterback Mike Glennon played his first snaps of the season, completing 2 of his 3 passes for 3rds 6 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders’ 42-24 loss to the Packers.

Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (starter) connected on all three of his field goal attempts (39, 43, 45) and both of his PAT’s in the Bills’31-21 victory over the Dolphins.

Offensive Guard J.R. Sweezy (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Cardinals’ 27-21 victory over the Giants. He ranks 5th in Pass Block Win Rate amongst the NFL’s Offensive Guards.

Linebacker Germaine Pratt had 5 tackles in the Bengals’ 27-17 loss to the Jags, playing in 27% of the defensive snaps. He recorded 5 tackles for the 2nd consecutive week, which is a career high.

Running Back Nyheim Hines rushed 1 time for 3 yards, and had 1 reception for 13 yards in the Colts’ 30-23 victory over the Texans. He played in only 12% of the offensive snaps, which is a season low.

Punter A.J. Cole (starter) had 2 punts that went for an average of 53 yards in Oakland’s 42-24 loss to Green Bay.

Offensive Tackle Will Richardson played in 39% of the offensive snaps in Jacksonville’s 27-17 victory over Cincinnati.

Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon played in 19% of the offensive snaps in the Redskins’ 9-0 loss to the 49ers, but failed to record any stats.
Defensive Tackle B.J. Hill had 1 tackle in New York’s 27-21 loss to Arizona. Hill didn’t start for only the 2nd time this year, and played his lowest snap count, playing in only 31% of the defensive snaps.
Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill had 1 tackle in Los Angeles’ 23-20 loss to the Titans, playing in 14% of the defensive snaps. It was McGill’s first action of the season.
DNP
Quarterback Ryan Finley (Bengals)
INJ
Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (shoulder)
Offensive Guard Ted Larsen (knee)
BYE
Cornerback Juston Burris (Browns)
Running Back Jaylen Samuels (Steelers) (injured)

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Linebacker Bradley Chubb (Broncos) – knee
Defensive End Kentavius Street (49ers) – knee

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 Punter AJ Cole Added to AFC Pro Bowl Roster

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Former NC State Punter AJ Cole has been named to the Pro Bowl for the 2nd consecutive year. He was added to the roster because Chiefs Punter Tommy Townsend is headed to the Super Bowl.

Cole is one of three former Wolfpack football players to be named to the Pro Bowl in 2022, joining Joe Thuney and Bradley Chubb.

Cole ranked 4th in the NFL (and the AFC) in yards per punt in 2022, averaging 48.9 yards per punt.

This marks the 2nd time that Cole has made the Pro Bowl. Cole is 1 of 15 former NC State players to make the Pro Bowl, and 1 of 13 to earn the honor more than once.

QB Russell Wilson – 9 (2012, ‘13, ‘14, ‘15, ‘17, ‘18, ‘19, ‘20, ‘21)
QB Philip Rivers – 8 (2006, ‘09, ‘10, ‘11, ‘13, ‘16, ‘17, ‘18)
WR Torry Holt – 7 (2000, ‘01 ‘03, ‘04, ‘05, ‘07, ‘08)
S Adrian Wilson – 5 (2006, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10, ‘11)
WR Mike Quick – 5 (1984, ‘85, ‘86, ‘87, ‘88)
DE Mario Williams – 4 (2008, ‘09, ‘13, ‘14)
LB Vaughan Johnson – 4 (1990, ‘91, ‘92, ‘93)
QB Roman Gabriel – 3 (1967, ‘68, ‘69)
WR Haywood Jeffires – 3 (1992, ‘93, ‘94)
OG Darrell Dess – 2 (1962, ‘63)
FB Alex Webster – 2 (1958, ’61)
LB Bradley Chubb – 2 (2020, ’22)
P AJ Cole III – 2 (2021, ’22)
OG Joe Thuney – 1 (2022)
C Jim Ritcher – 1 (1992)

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Former NC State All-American Bradley Chubb Added to Pro Bowl

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Former NC State All-American Bradley Chubb has been added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster to replace an injured Khalil Mack. Chubb is one of three former Wolfpack football players to be named to the Pro Bowl in 2022, joining Joe Thuney and AJ Cole.

Chubb finished the season with 39 tackles, 8 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 5 tackles for loss and 20 QB Hits, playing 8 games with the Broncos and 8 games with the Dolphins in 2022.

This marks the 2nd time that Chubb has made the Pro Bowl. Chubb is 1 of 15 former NC State players to make the Pro Bowl, and 1 of 13 to earn the honor more than once.

QB Russell Wilson – 9 (2012, ‘13, ‘14, ‘15, ‘17, ‘18, ‘19, ‘20, ‘21)
QB Philip Rivers – 8 (2006, ‘09, ‘10, ‘11, ‘13, ‘16, ‘17, ‘18)
WR Torry Holt – 7 (2000, ‘01 ‘03, ‘04, ‘05, ‘07, ‘08)
S Adrian Wilson – 5 (2006, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10, ‘11)
WR Mike Quick – 5 (1984, ‘85, ‘86, ‘87, ‘88)
DE Mario Williams – 4 (2008, ‘09, ‘13, ‘14)
LB Vaughan Johnson – 4 (1990, ‘91, ‘92, ‘93)
QB Roman Gabriel – 3 (1967, ‘68, ‘69)
WR Haywood Jeffires – 3 (1992, ‘93, ‘94)
OG Darrell Dess – 2 (1962, ‘63)
FB Alex Webster – 2 (1958, ’61)
LB Bradley Chubb – 2 (2020, ’22)
P AJ Cole III – 2 (2021, ’22)
OG Joe Thuney – 1 (2022)
C Jim Ritcher – 1 (1992)

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Former NC State WR Jakobi Meyers is Positioned for a Big Pay Day this Offseason

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Former NC State Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers has set himself up well to get a big pay day this offseason.

Meyers led the Patriots in receiving yards (804) and touchdown receptions (6) in 2022, and ranked 2nd on the team in receptions (67) behind Running Back Rhamondre Stevenson (69). In 2021, he led New England in receptions (83) and receiving yards (866). In 2020, Meyers did the same thing with 59 receptions for 729 yards.

This year, Meyers was given the Ed Block Courage Award by the Pats as the player on the roster that most exemplified courage, sportsmanship, professionalism and dedication.

Pats head coach Bill Belichick had this to say about Meyers:

“Well he’s a tough kid, mentally, physically,” Bill Belichick said of Meyers on January 6. “He’s shown a lot of leadership and competitiveness like he always does. So, yeah, I’m glad we have him. Glad he’s out there. I know he’s had to fight through some things, so have a lot of other guys. But he’s done a good job of that.” (link)

If it were up to Meyers, he’d like to resign with New England.

Meyers has been one of the best homegrown receivers in Patriots history. His 2,758 receiving yards is the 2nd most by a player in their first 4 years in the league in New England, trailing only the legendary Tight End Rob Gronkowski.

Consider the fact that Meyers signed with the Pats as an undrafted free agent in 2019, and that stat becomes much more impressive.

Through 4 seasons, already ranks in the Top-10 in NC State history in both receptions (9th) and receiving yards (8th).

Meyers was paid $3.986 million this season on a 1-year deal, but he could be looking to make something more in line with $18 million annually, which is the deal that Christian Kirk signed with the Jags this past offseason.

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PackPros: Recapping NFL Wild Card Weekend

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The Wild Card round of the 2023 NFL Playoffs was last weekend, and — former NC State football players were represented.

Linebacker Germaine Pratt had 8 tackles and 1 pass breakup in the Bengals 24-17 victory over the Ravens. His teammate, Defensive Tackle B.J. Hill had 5 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss and 1 QB Hit.

Pratt was a big part of causing Baltimore Quarterback Tyler Huntley to fumble it on the goal line, that led to a 98-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Cincy’s Sam Hubbard.

Linebacker Bradley Chubb had 1 sack in the Dolphins 31-34 loss to the Bills.

Running Back Nyheim Hines returned 2 kickoffs for an average of 28 yards, and returned 3 punts for an average of 5.7 yards in the Bills’ 34-31 victory over the Dolphins. He also had 1 reception for 7 yards.

Cornerback Nick McCloud had 2 tackles in the Giants 31-23 win over the Giants.

 

Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill didn’t record any stats in the 49ers 41-23 win over the Seahawks, but he did play in 19 snaps.

Center Garrett Bradbury returned from injury, and played 100% of the snaps in Minnesota’s 24-31 loss to New York.

 

 

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