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NC State in the NFL: Week 9 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) went bananas, throwing for 378 yards (67%) and 5 touchdowns (0 interceptions) in Seattle’s 40-34 victory over Tampa Bay in overtime. He posted a QB Rating of 133.7.

Wilson has officially done what no QB has ever done through the first 9 games.

Running Back Jaylen Samuels (starter) set a Steelers record for receptions by a running back in a single game, snagging 13 passes for 80 yards in Pittsburgh’s 26-24 victory over Indy. He also had 8 rushes for 10 yards. Jay Sam played in 65% of the offensive snaps.

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (starter) went down with a sprained MCL in the Colts’ 26-24 loss to the Steelers.

Before going down, Brissett was 4 of 5 for 59 yards. He was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, which is a sign he might be good to go for Sunday.

Quarterback Philip Rivers was 21 of 28 for 294 yards in the Chargers’ 26-11 victory over the Packers. His QB Rating was 108.3.

Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon (starter) had 1 reception for 6 yards (2 targets) in Washington’s 24-9 loss to Buffalo. Harmon started the 3rd game of his career, playing 50% of the snaps. He also picked up a fumble recovery.

Offensive Guard Joe Thuney (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Patriots’ 37-20 loss to the Ravens.

Offensive Guard J.R. Sweezy (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in Arizona’s 28-25 loss to the 49ers last Thursday night.

Center Garrett Bradbury (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Vikings’ 26-23 loss to the Chiefs.

Defensive Back Juston Burris (starter) started his 3rd game of the season, and his second consecutive game in the Browns’ 24-19 loss to the Broncos. He didn’t record any stats, playing in 24% of the defensive snaps.

Running Back Nyheim Hines had 1 rush for 7 yards, and 1 reception (3 targets) for 21 yards in the Colts’ 26-24 loss to the Steelers. He played in 29% of the offensive snaps.

Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (starter) connected on his only field goal attempt from 42 yards, and made all 33 extra point attempts.

Punter A.J. Cole punted the ball 2 times for an average of 48 yards in the Raiders’ 31-24 victory over the Lions.

Offensive Tackle Will Richardson played in 45% of the offensive snaps in Jacksonville’s 26-3 loss to Houston.

Defensive End B.J. Hill had 1 tackle in the Giants’ 37-18 loss to the Cowboys, playing in 25% of the defensive snaps.

Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill had 1 tackle, playing 20% of the defensive snaps in Los Angeles’ 26-11 victory over Green Bay.

Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers played in only 1 offensive snap in New England’s 37-20 loss to Baltimore. The addition of Mohamed Sanu is going to significantly cut into Jakobi’s playing time.

BYE

Linebacker Germaine Pratt (Bengals)
Quarterback Ryan Finley (Bengals)

DNP

Offensive Lineman Ted Larsen (Bears)
Quarterback Mike Glennon (Raiders)

Injured

Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (shoulder)

IR

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

 

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Former NC State DB Juston Burris Earns Browns’ Ed Block Courage Award

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Former NC State Defensive End has earned the Cleveland Browns’ 2019 Ed Block Courage Award, awarded annually to the player on the team based on courage, compassion, commitment and community.

After joining the Browns for the final seven games of 2018, Burris re-signed with Cleveland during the 2019 offseason when he ultimately underwent shoulder surgery and started his rehabilitation process. Burris spent all of training camp and preseason with the Browns before being waived during final roster cuts. He was then claimed by the Oakland Raiders, where he was on the active roster for two weeks prior to coming back to Cleveland.

In addition to showing his resiliency after offseason shoulder surgery, Burris has been a reliable presence on defense since returning to Cleveland on Sept. 20, two days before he would ultimately start at safety against the L.A. Rams on Sunday Night Football.

This season, Burris has started eight of his 11 games with the Browns, registering 22 tackles (18 solo), his first career sack (vs. Pit., 11/14), two interceptions, four passes defensed and one forced fumble. He is one of only two Browns with multiple interceptions this year, and his four passes defensed tie for fourth on the team and second among Cleveland DBs. Additionally, he has played every defensive snap in three of those contests.

Burris has also been active in Browns Give Back’s efforts in the Northeast Ohio community and the team’s commitment to education, youth football and the First and Ten volunteering movement. Last week, he advocated for mental health awareness efforts through his commitment to Dream the Impossible, a foundation launched by his former NY Jets teammate and current Jaguars S Doug Middleton. Dream the Impossible was founded to help fix the lack of awareness surrounding mental health in the African American community. (NFL)

Burris is a local talent, playing high school ball at Broughton High School here in Raleigh. He led the Wolfpack in pass breakups in 3 of his 4 years at NC State, and was drafted by the New York Jets in the 4th round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

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NC State in the NFL: Week 13 Report

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18 of the 20 former NC State players on active NFL rosters saw action in Week 13 of the 2019 NFL season. Check out a breakdown of how they did below. Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill was waived by the Chargers prior to Week 13.

Quarterback Philip Rivers (starter) had his best game in weeks, posting a 106.3 QB Rating in the Chargers’ 23-20 loss to the Broncos. He completed 20 of 29 for 265 yards with 2 touchdowns (1 interception).

Quarterback Russell Wilson (starter) was 21 of 31 for 240 yards and 2 touchdowns (1 interception) in Seattle’s 37-30 victory over Minnesota. Heading into Week 14, Wilson is the highest graded quarterback in the NFL according to ProFootballFocus.

Running Back Nyheim Hines (starter) rushed the ball 4 times for 22 yards and a touchdown, had 2 receptions for 18 yards, and returned 2 punts for an average of 16 yards in Indy’s 31-17 loss to Tennessee, playing 43% of the offensive snaps.

Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon (starter) had 3 receptions for 51 yards, leading the Redskins in receiving in their 29-21 victory over the Panthers. He led Washington in targets, and played 84% of the offensive snaps.

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (starter) continued to struggle since coming back from a knee injury, posting his 3rd straight game with a QB Rating in the 70’s. He was 25 of 40 for 319 yards and 1 touchdown (2 interceptions) in the Colts’ 31-17 loss to the Titans.

Linebacker Germaine Pratt (starter) had 5 tackles in the Bengals’ 22-6 victory over the Jets, playing 47% of the defensive snaps.

Cornerback Juston Burris (starter) had 4 tackles and 1 tackle for loss in the Browns 20-13 loss to the Steelers, playing 100% of the defensive snaps.

Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers had 3 receptions for 46 yards in New England’s 28-22 loss to Houston, playing in 70% of the offensive snaps.

Running Back Jaylen Samuels (starter) had 7 carries for 32 yards and 2 receptions for 22 yards in Pittsburgh’s 20-13 win over Cleveland. He played 55% of the offensive snaps.

Offensive Guard Joe Thuney (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Pats’ 28-22 loss to the Texans.

Offensive Guard J.R. Sweezy (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in Arizona’s 34-7 loss to Los Angeles.

Center Garrett Bradbury (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in Minnesota’s 37-30 loss to Seattle on Monday Night Football. Over the last three weeks, Garrett Bradbury has allowed just one pressure across 120 pass-blocking snaps.

Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (starter) had 1 tackle in Los Angeles’ 23-20 loss to Denver, playing a team-high 70% of the defensive snaps.

Defensive End B.J. Hill had 2 tackles in the Giants’ 31-13 loss to the Packers, playing 49% of the defensive snaps.

Offensive Tackle Will Richardson played 34% of the offensive snaps in Jacksonville’s 28-11 loss to Tampa Bay.

Punter A.J. Cole (starter) punted the ball two times for an average of 38.5 yards in Oakland’s 40-9 loss to the Chiefs.

Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (starter) made field goals from 41 and 26, missing one from 50 yards out in Buffalo’s 26-15 victory on Thanksgiving Day. He also missed one of his three extra point attempts.

Offensive Guard Ted Larsen played 5 Special Teams snaps in the Bears 24-20 victory over the Lions on Thanksgiving.

DNP

Quarterback Ryan Finley (Bengals)
Quarterback Mike Glennon (Raiders)

IR

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

 

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Making the Case for Torry Holt’s Hall of Fame Induction…AGAIN

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This is Holt’s 6th consecutive year as a nominee for the NFL Hall of Fame, being nominated in his first year of eligibility in 2015 (has to be 5 years after retirement). Holt has been a semifinalist every time, including this year, with the 25 players being revealed earlier this week.

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Holt played 11 seasons, and was a Pro Bowler in 7 of them (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007). He also earned 1st Team All-Pro honors in 2003, and 2nd Team All-Pro honors in 2006.

He led the NFL in receiving yards twice (2000 & 2003) and receptions once (2003)

In 11 seasons, Holt ranked in the Top-10 in receiving yards 8 times (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007), receptions 5 times (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006), and touchdown receptions 4 times (2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006).

He was also a part of “The Greatest Show on Turf” with Kurt Warner throwing the ball to him and Isaac Bruce. They went to 2 Super Bowls, and took home the trophy in 2001.

The only reason Holt hasn’t made it into the Hall of Fame already is because his body didn’t hold on for a couple more seasons. What he did in a shortened career is remarkable, and shouldn’t be denied simply because his career numbers aren’t as high as others.

He was the youngest player to accumulate 10,000 receiving yards, as well as 11,000. Holt’s the only player in NFL history to have over 1,300 receiving yards in 6 straight seasons.

He averaged 77.4 receiving yards per game for his career, which ranks 7th all-time in NFL history.

You could make an argument that for a decade, there was no better receiver in the NFL than Torry Holt. If you are in the conversation for being the best at your position throughout the length of your career, you should be in the Hall of Fame.

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Russell Wilson Becomes 1st QB in NFL History to Start Career with 8 Consecutive Winning Seasons

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Former NC State Quarterback Russell Wilson made history on Sunday. After the Seahawks defeated the Eagles 17-9, a winning record in 2019 was secured, which means that Russell Wilson has led Seattle to 8 consecutive winning seasons to start his career.

How many quarterbacks have ever done that?

One.

Russell Wilson.

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