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NC State in the NFL: Week 8 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 Russell Wilson (starter) was off the charts once again, posting a QB Rating of 131.7 in the Seahawks 27-20 victory over the Falcons. He was 14 of 20 for 182 yards and 2 touchdowns (0 interceptions). Wilson currently leads the NFL in QB Rating 115.5 and Touchdown Passes (17), and the Seahawks are 6-2. Despite that fact, he trails Aaron Rodgers by a hair as the favorite to win the MVP.

Oh yeah, Wilson and Ciara dressed up as Jay-Z and Beyonce for Halloween.

Offensive Guard J.R. Sweezy (starter) played 100% of the snaps in the Cardinals 31-9 loss to the Saints. Sweezy had the highest grade of any offensive player on Arizona in Week 8, and ranks as the 14th highest graded Offensive Guard in the NFL on the year.

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (starter) had an average day for him in the Colts’ 15-13 victory over the Broncos, completing 15 of 25 for 202 yards with a QB Rating of 85.7. Despite that, the clutch play below set up Indy to kick a field goal that sealed the victory.

Quarterback Philip Rivers (starter) was 19 of 29 for 201 yards and a touchdown (1 interception) in the Chargers’ 17-16 victory over the Bears.

Rivers was chippy on Sunday.

His numbers weren’t sexy, but he was the highest graded quarterback in Week 8 according to ProFootballFocus.

Center Garrett Bradbury (starter) played 100% of the snaps for Minnesota in their 19-9 victory over Washington.

Defensive End B.J. Hill had 1 tackle in the Giants 31-26 lost the Lions, playing 46% of the defensive snaps. Despite the low stats, Hill has graded out really well this season.

Offensive Guard Joe Thuney (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in New England’s 27-13 victory over Cleveland. Through 8 games, Thuney is the highest graded player on the Pats Offensive Line according to ProFootballFocus.

Safety Juston Burris (starter) had 2 tackles in the Browns’ 27-13 loss to the Patriots, playing 32% of the defensive snaps.

Running Back Nyheim Hines had 4 rushes for 12 yards, and 3 receptions for 34 yards in Indy’s 15-13 victory over Denver. He played in 28% of the offensive snaps.

Offensive Tackle Will Richardson played in 33% of the offensive snaps in the Jags 29-15 victory over the Jets.

Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon had 1 reception for 12 yards in the Redskins’ 19-9 loss to the Vikings on Thursday night. Harmon played 26% of the offensive snaps.

Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers had 1 reception (2 targets) for 5 yards in the Pats 27-13 victory over the Browns. He played 36% of the offensive snaps.

Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (starter) missed a 53-yard field goal attempt, and only converted 1 of his two PAT’s in the Bills 31-13 loss to the Eagles.

Linebacker Germaine Pratt had 1 tackle in Cincinnati’s 24-10 loss to Los Angeles, playing in 26% of the defensive snaps.

Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill played one snap in LA’s 17-16 victory over Chicago.

Punter A.J. Cole (starter) punted the ball 6 times for an average of 48.7 yards in the Raiders 27-24 loss to the Texans. Through 8 weeks, Cole is averaging 47.9 yards per punt, which ranks 4th in the NFL.

DNP

Quarterback Ryan Finley (Bengals) (He’s starting in Week 10)
Offensive Guard Ted Larsen (Bears)
Quarterback Mike Glennon (Raiders)

Injured

Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (shoulder)
Running Back Jaylen Samuels (knee)

IR

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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