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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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2 NC State Players Were Invited to the 2024 NFL Combine

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Yesterday, the NFL released the names of the 321 prospects invited to the 2024 NFL Combine, and Linebacker Payton Wilson and Center Dylan McMahon made the cut.

Wilson was a Unanimous All-American, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, 1st Team All-ACC and won the Butkus and Nagurski Awards. McMahon earned All-ACC Honorable Mention this year.

Also, Long Snapper Joe Shimko’s has been invited to a Specialists Showcase at the end of the Combine.

Shimko was named the best Long Snapper in College Football this season.

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Where is NC State’s Payton Wilson Landing in Mock Drafts?

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Former NC State Linebacker Payton Wilson won the Butkus and Nagurski Awards this season, and is primed to be one of the top Linebacker’s taken in the 2024 NFL Draft. With the Draft Order set after the end of the Super Bowl, where is the former Wolfpack Linebacker projecting to land in the 2024 NFL Draft.

ProFootballFocus – 2nd Round – #41 – Green Bay Packers
PlayerProfiler – 2nd Round – #53 – Miami Dolphins
33rd Team – 3rd Round – #67 – Washington Commanders
NFL.com – 3rd Round – #78 – Philadelphia Eagles
Tankathon – 3rd Round – #82 – Indianapolis Colts
DraftWire – 3rd Round – #84 – Pittsburgh Steelers
FanSided – 3rd Round – #87 – Dallas Cowboys
The Athletic – 3rd Round – #97 – Philadelphia Eagles

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2 Former NC State Football Players Take Home Super Bowl Rings

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Two former NC State Football players took home Super Bowl rings last night: Offensive Guard Joe Thuney and Wide Receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

Unfortunately, Thuney was unable to play last night due to a pectoral injury, but Valdes-Scantling did catch a touchdown.

Valdes-Scantling finished with 3 receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown.

Thuney has now broken his tie with Center Jim Ritcher, becoming the NC State football player with the most Super Bowl appearances, and Valdes-Scantling is tied for 3rd. Thuney has been to 5 Super Bowls in 8 seasons.

Joe Thuney – 5
Jim Ritcher – 4
Marquez Valdes-Scantling – 2
Mike Cofer – 2
Perry Williams – 2
Mike Jones – 2
Torry Holt – 2
Russell Wilson – 2
J.R. Sweezy – 2
Steven Hauschka – 2
(Bill Cowher – 2 – as a head coach)

Thuney now has 4 Super Bowl rings, which is tied for the 3rd most by a player in NFL history. Valdes-Scantling has 2.

NC State Players with the Most Super Bowl Rings

Offensive Guard Joe Thuney – 4
Wide Receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling – 2
Place Kicker Mike Cofer  – 2
Cornerback Perry Williams – 2

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Joe Thuney’s 5 Super Bowl Appearances is the Most by an NC State Player

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Former All-American Offensive Lineman Joe Thuney is heading to his 5th Super Bowl in 8 NFL Seasons. Unfortunately, Thuney isn’t expected to play tomorrow due to a pectoral injury.

Thuney has now broken his tie with Center Jim Ritcher, becoming the NC State football player with the most Super Bowl appearances.

Joe Thuney – 5
Jim Ritcher – 4
Mike Cofer – 2
Perry Williams – 2
Mike Jones – 2
Torry Holt – 2
Russell Wilson – 2
J.R. Sweezy – 2
Steven Hauschka – 2
(Bill Cowher – 2 – as a head coach)

Thuney also holds the record for the most Super Bowl rings by a former NC State football player with 3, and has a chance to pick up his 4th tomorrow. Place Kicker Mike Cofer and Cornerback Perry Williams are the only other former Wolfpack football players to win 2 Super Bowls.

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