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.
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) October 27, 2019
With Seattle's win over Atlanta today, Russell Wilson has broken a tie with Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger for the most wins by a QB in their first 8 NFL seasons pic.twitter.com/2LNTxHFW9w
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 27, 2019
Aaron Rodgers has played in 8 games. He's had a passer rating of 100+ in 3 of them.
Russell Wilson has played in 8 games. He's had a passer rating of 100+ in 7 of them.
Thats it. Thats the tweet.
— Dave “Softy” Mahler (@Softykjr) October 31, 2019
Oh yeah, Wilson and Ciara dressed up as Jay-Z and Beyonce for Halloween.
Ciara and Russell Wilson dressed up as Jay-Z and Beyoncé for Halloween and killed it ✅pic.twitter.com/jSysumNYQ5
— Complex (@Complex) October 31, 2019
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.
Full grades from Sunday’s NFL action are now available! The top Cardinals performers against the Saints were:
Offense: JR Sweezy- 87.0 grade
Defense: Patrick Peterson- 73.4 grade
Kyler Murray – 77.4 overall grade pic.twitter.com/ZUie5b2kxl
— PFF ARZ Cardinals (@PFF_Cardinals) October 28, 2019
Cardinals RG JR Sweezy ranks 14th among guards this season with a 71.0 overall grade. He excels in pass blocking, as his 80.3 pass block grade ranks 9th among guards! pic.twitter.com/ozomjW2GV1
— PFF ARZ Cardinals (@PFF_Cardinals) October 30, 2019
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.
Good morning from Jacoby Brissett and T.Y. Hilton. pic.twitter.com/lRcCGW9O5d
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) October 28, 2019
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.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 27, 2019
Philip Rivers and Anthony Lynn are exchanging words on the sidelines. pic.twitter.com/sCDcf6U6Pj
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) October 27, 2019
His numbers weren’t sexy, but he was the highest graded quarterback in Week 8 according to ProFootballFocus.
For the 1st time since week 4, Philip Rivers is the highest graded offensive #Charger. Not only was he the highest graded #Charger, he was the highest graded QB from week 8 with an 89.1 offensive grade. pic.twitter.com/5BFzW5wvGn
— PFF LA Chargers (@PFF_Chargers) October 28, 2019
Center Garrett Bradbury (starter) played 100% of the snaps for Minnesota in their 19-9 victory over Washington.
Garrett Bradbury has flipped the switch
Pass block: 10.0 (32nd of 32 C)
Run block: 45.5 (30th)
Overall: 32.5 (32nd)
1 sack, 13 pressures
PBE 93.7% (32nd)
Pass block: 74.3 (11th)
Run block: 66.7 (7th)
Overall: 70.2 (3rd)
0 sack, 3 pressures
PBE 98.8% (8th) pic.twitter.com/sDVvMoTQQ7
— Krauser (@Krauserrific) October 25, 2019
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.
The top three highest graded defenders for the Giants are:
DI Dexter Lawrence (81.3)
DI BJ Hill (80.0)
DI Dalvin Tomlinson (73.8)
— PFF NY Giants (@PFF_Giants) October 28, 2019
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.
Quarterback Ryan Finley (Bengals) (He’s starting in Week 10)
Offensive Guard Ted Larsen (Bears)
Quarterback Mike Glennon (Raiders)
Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (shoulder)
Running Back Jaylen Samuels (knee)
Linebacker Bradley Chubb (Broncos) – knee
Defensive End Kentavius Street (49ers) – knee
Justin Gainey Named Associate Head Coach at Marquette
Former NC State Point Guard Justin Gainey (1997-00) has been hired by Marquette as their Associate Head Coach, serving along head coach Steve Wojciechowski, the former Duke point guard.
“We are excited to welcome Justin and the Gainey family back to Marquette,” Wojciechowski said. “Justin is one of the nation’s top rising coaches and his talents, ability to build meaningful relationships and myriad of experiences alongside some of the game’s best teachers will serve our program, and most importantly our players, incredibly well.” (Link)
This isn’t Gainey’s first stint at Marquette, serving as Director of Operations from 2014-17. The past two seasons, Gainey served as an Assistant Coach with Sean Miller at Arizona. Prior to that, he served as an Assistant Coach at Santa Clara for one season with his former head coach at NC State, Herb Sendek.
Gainey’s coaching career began at NC State, where he served as Director of Operations for three seasons (2006-09), and then he went on to work at Appalachian State and Elon as well.
Dennis Smith Jr. Showing Love to Fayetteville in the Midst of Covid-19
Former NC State Freshman of the Year Dennis Smith Jr. never forgets where he came from. The New York Knicks Point Guard is always showing love for Fayetteville, North Carolina.
According to Ian Begley, DSJ is providing food vouchers for 575 first responders at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, and 32 computers for local students in Fayetteville.
Here’s a quote from Dennis Smith Jr. on his donation: “Fayetteville and basketball have given so much to me…. I wanted to show support for the real heroes during these tragic times – the first responders.” Smith Jr.’s full quote, via the Knicks, is here: https://t.co/EtvF1LhVKh pic.twitter.com/G1RpvhGTjF
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) March 27, 2020
Andrew Knizner Enters 2020 as the #6 Prospect in the Cardinals Organization
Former NC State Catcher Andrew Knizner enters the 2020 season ranked as the #6 prospect in the Cardinals organization.
Knizner was drafted in the 7th round by St. Louis in 2016, and was called up for the 1st time to the Big Leagues last year, when Yadier Molina was placed on the disabled list.
The jump wasn’t an easy one, with Knizner hitting .226 in 18 games.
Despite some time in the Majors at the end of last season, Knizner will begin 2020 in Triple-A Memphis, where he has already played 83 games, hitting .283.
Cardinals legend Molina is back to full strength, and backup Matt Wieters was signed to a 1-year deal, meaning it’s not quite time for Knizner.
Will Wilson Enters 2020 as the #10 Prospect in the Giants Organization
Former NC State All-American Shortstop Will Wilson will is entering the 2020 baseball season ranked as the #10 prospect in the San Francisco Giants organization.
After being drafted by the Angels with the 15th overall pick in the MLB Draft last year, Wilson hit .275 in 46 games of Rookie ball with the Orem Owlz.
In December, the Angels traded him to the Giants.
In his final season at NC State, Wilson led the team with a .335 batting average, 20 doubles, 16 home runs and a .661 slugging percentage, and finished eighth all-time in career doubles (57) and homers (39), and ninth in total bases (409).
Wilson is the 3rd highest draft pick in NC State history, and only the 2nd batter to be drafted in the 1st round, alongside another shortstop who is currently in the league as well: Trea Turner.
According to MLB.com, Wilson is expected to make it to the Majors in 2022.