17 of the 21 former NC State players on active NFL rosters saw action in Week 11 of the 2019 NFL season. Check out a breakdown of how they did below.
Running Back Jaylen Samuels rushed the ball 5 times for 26 yards, and had 5 receptions for 19 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers 21-7 loss to the Browns on Thursday Night Football.
We Have A Game!
Mason Rudolph connects with Jaylen Samuels to give the Steelers(+3) some life tonight 💪
— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) November 15, 2019
Samuels played in 35% of the offensive snaps.
Defensive Back Juston Burris (starter) had a monster performance for Cleveland in their 21-7 victory over Pittsburgh. He had 5 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, and 1 interception.
— NFL France – firstdownfr.fr (@SecondDownFR) November 15, 2019
Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon (starter) had the biggest game of his rookie season, with career highs in receptions (5) and receiving yards (53) in the Redskins 34-17 loss to the Jets. He started his second consecutive game (4th of the year), and played a career high 92% of the offensive snaps.
— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) November 17, 2019
Linebacker Germaine Pratt (starter) had a career high 6 tackles in Cincinnati’s 17-10 loss to Oakland. He also played 69% of the offensive snaps, which was a career high as well. It was his second consecutive start, and third of the year.
Running Back Nyheim Hines rushed the ball 3 times for 11 yards and a touchdown (first of 2019), and also had 3 receptions for 24 yards in the Colts’ 33-13 victory over the Jags. He also returned 2 kickoffs for an average of 22 yards. Hines played 36% of the offensive snaps.
Everybody eats. pic.twitter.com/SGZCY6Jjud
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) November 17, 2019
Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (starter) was a beast in the Bills’ 37-20 victory over the Dolphins, connecting on all 3 field goals (51, 34, 21), and all 4 extra points.
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (starter) returned to action for the Colts, completing 15 of 24 for 148 yards and a touchdown (1 interception) in Indianapolis’ 33-13 victory over Jacksonville. He also rushed 2 times for 12 yards and a touchdown. Brissett’s QB Rating was a rough 76.2.
Frank Reich on this escape wizardry by Jacoby Brissett:
“Jacoby just single handily made an unbelievable play.”
Reich’s emotion after the TD says it all. pic.twitter.com/SaiQTrmEi6
— Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) November 18, 2019
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) November 17, 2019
Offensive Guard Joe Thuney (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Pats’ 17-10 victory over the Eagles. Through 11 weeks, Thuney is the highest graded Left Guard according to ProFootballFocus.
While Quenton Nelson has been far and away the best left guard in the NFL, Joe Thuney is right behind him.
— PFF NE Patriots (@PFF_Patriots) November 21, 2019
Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (starter) had three tackles in the Chargers’ 24-17 loss to the Chiefs. It was his first action since Week 6 due to injury.
Center Garrett Bradbury (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Vikings 27-23 victory over the Broncos.
A bit of Wide Zone love ❤️
Garrett Bradbury, @Vikings Centre, had a tough start to his rookie year but he’s grown so much
Here he is dominating the NT Snacks Harrison
— Maxwell (@a_winning_smile) November 18, 2019
Offensive Guard J.R. Sweezy (starter) played 96% of the offensive snaps in the Cardinals’ 36-26 loss to the 49ers.
If you were wondering what actually happened in that play at the end of ARI-SF, pretty clear 64 pulls the ball in on the ground then just chucks it to try to keep the play alive. pic.twitter.com/pPXWe4Xil3
— Ben Gretch (@YardsPerGretch) November 18, 2019
Quarterback Ryan Finley (starter) actually regressed in his second start, completing 13 of 31 for 115 yards and an interception in the Bengals’ 17-10 loss to the Raiders. He also lost a fumble. Finley did rush the ball 3 times for 47 yards.
Ryan Finley News Conference | 11/20 https://t.co/9tCbuBvxhd
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) November 20, 2019
Punter A.J. Cole (starter) punted the ball 5 times for an average of 43.2 yards in the Raiders’ 17-10 victory over the Bengals.
Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers had 1 reception for 7 yards in New England’s 17-10 victory over Philadelphia. He played 26% of the offensive snaps.
Offensive Lineman Will Richardson played 35% of the offensive snaps in the Jags 33-13 loss to the Colts.
Offensive Guard Ted Larsen played 3 special teams snaps in the Bears’ 17-7 loss to the Rams.
Quarterback Philip Rivers (starter) played his worst game since Week 14 of the 2017 season, producing a QB Rating of 49.6 in the Chargers’ 24-17 loss to the Chiefs. He was 28 of 52 for 353 yards with 1 touchdown, and 4 interceptions.
Philip Rivers has thrown 7 interceptions in his last two games, the most in any two-game span in his career.
Monday was his 61st loss by 7 or fewer points as a starting quarterback, the most by a starting QB in the Super Bowl era. pic.twitter.com/uAGc3JzLPw
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 19, 2019
Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill (Chargers)
Quarterback Mike Glennon (Raiders)
Linebacker Bradley Chubb (Broncos) – knee
Defensive End Kentavius Street (49ers) – knee
Quarterback Russell Wilson (Seahawks)
Defensive End B.J. Hill (Giants)
Torry Holt is a Finalist for the NFL Hall of Fame
Former NC State Wide Receiver Torry Holt has been named a Modern Era Finalist for the 2020 NFL Hall of Fame Class for the first time. Holt has been a Semi-Finalist the first 5 years he’s been eligible, but this is the first time he made it to the Final 15.
The Modern-Era Finalists for the Class of 2020 have been set! #PFHOF20
— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) January 2, 2020
— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) January 2, 2020
Five of the Fifteen players will make the final cut, who receive at least 80% of the votes.
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.
Philip Rivers’ Status for Next Season is Up in the Air
Former NC State Quarterback Philip Rivers just wrapped up his 16th season in the NFL, which have all been played for the Chargers.
Rivers just wrapped up the final year of a 4-year $83.25 million contract, and it wasn’t the shining moment of his career to say the least. His QB Rating of 88.5 for the year marked his second lowest single season rating of his career. His 23 passing touchdowns were the third lowest of his career, with the other two seasons being his first two. Rivers threw 20 interceptions for the 3rd time in his career.
It wasn’t all bad for the former ACC Player of the Year, throwing for 4,615 yards, which ranked 4th in the NFL at a 66.0% clip, which ranked 10th.
Rivers has no plan to retire, but he doesn’t know for sure that he will be back with the Bolts in 2020.
“Yeah, I plan to play football, so yeah,” Rivers said. “Again, where that’s going to be, I think that’s going get sorted out over the next three months, I guess. I’ve never been in this position. I usually don’t even know when the league year starts and when all those things are. We’ll just kind of see. Again, I’m very thankful for 16 years, and if there’s another, I’ll be thankful for that one. But I think just with the uncertainty just comes that unknown.” (NBC)
Chargers GM Tom Telesco hasn’t ruled out the return of Rivers in 2020.
“In a perfect world, No. 17 is your quarterback forever,” Telesco says. “I hope that I’m not offending Dan Fouts when I say that. [Rivers] has meant everything to this organization. You work with different players differently. He has been here for a long time. When I talk with him, he’s a joy to work with. Nobody has a better perspective on what goes on — not only just with him, but with the football team — than he does.”
“I think Philip would say the same thing, there are some plays that he probably definitely wants back, but there are also some throws that he makes still that a lot of quarterbacks in this league can’t make,” Telesco says. “It doesn’t matter how old you are. I think he can still compete at a top-starter level.”
“We need to get removed from the season a little bit,” Telesco says. “Even, right now it’s just way too early. I’ve been out at a couple of games. We just finished the season. We need to take a step back for a little bit of time. We have time. The first day of the league year is March 18. Our players come in April 20. Camp starts in July. We’ll know before July, obviously, but you need some time to kind of let things decompress a little bit.” (SI)
Some NFL Executives speculate that Rivers could end up in Indianapolis, taking the job of another former Wolfpack Quarterback Jacoby Brissett.
NFL executives, via ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, believe that the Colts would explore the option of bringing in Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers if he and the Chargers part ways this offseason. The reasoning is based on Rivers’ past history with Colts head coach Frank Reich, who was the Chargers’ quarterbacks coach during the 2013 season. (CBS)
Wilson and Thuney make PFF’s 2019 All-Pro Teams
ProFootballFocus has released their 2019 All-Pro Teams, and 2 former NC State football players were honored.
Despite the fact that Lamar Jackson’s destined to win the 2019 NFL MVP Award, PFF put QB Russell Wilson on their 1st Team instead of Jackson.
Lamar Jackson is the presumptive league MVP, and his development this year has been phenomenal, but what Russell Wilson has been able to do while dragging a sub-par offense has been remarkable. Wilson’s grade and PFF WAR has been incredible all season long, and even when the offense cooled down the stretch, he was still making big plays only to be let down by his supporting cast. Wilson finished the year with six more big-time throws than any other quarterback, and he had just 11 turnover-worthy plays to balance those high-end plays. (PFF)
New England Patriots’ Offensive Guard Joe Thuney made the 2nd Team, after being snubbed of the Pro Bowl.
Joe Thuney has played his role in making sure that doesn’t happen. His pressure rate allowed of 2.5% trails only Marshal Yanda and Richie Incognito among all guards with 250 or more pass-blocking snaps this season. (PFF)
NC State in the NFL: Week 17 Report
19 of the 22 former NC State players on active NFL rosters saw action in Week 17 of the 2019 NFL season. Check out a breakdown of how they did below.
Quarterback Philip Rivers (starter) was 31 of 46 for 289 yards with 2 touchdowns (2 interceptions) in the Chargers’ 31-21 loss to the Chiefs, in what was likely his final game with the Bolts. His QB Rating was 80.1.
"I ain’t quitting. … I couldn't have tried any harder."
Philip Rivers showing his heart.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 29, 2019
Quarterback Russell Wilson (starter) was 25 of 40 for 233 yards and a touchdown, for a QB Rating of 95.1 in Seattle’s 26-21 loss to San Francisco.
Linebacker Germaine Pratt (starter) had 5 tackles (1 for loss) in the Bengals’ 33-23 victory over the Browns, playing in 67% of the defensive snaps.
Running Back Nyheim Hines had 7 rushes for 34 yards, 3 receptions for 22 yards, 2 punt returns for an average of 20 yards (18 long) and 1 kickoff return for 24 yards in the Colts’ 38-20 loss to the Jags. He played in 55% of the offensive snaps.
Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon (starter) had 3 receptions for 33 yards in the Redskins’ 47-16 loss to the Cowboys, paying in 90% of the offensive snaps.
Defensive Back Juston Burris had 2 tackles and 2 pass deflections in Cleveland’s 33-23 loss to Cincinnati, playing in 33% of the defensive snaps.
Offensive Guard Joe Thuney (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in New England’s 27-24 loss to Miami.
Joe Thuney, 2019:
• 1,140 snaps (2nd among guards)
• 11 hurries allowed (t-2nd)
• 1 sack allowed
• 0 penalties
Only Marshal Yanda and Joe Thuney played 1,000+ snaps without a single penalty.
— Tucker Boynton (@Tucker_TnL) December 30, 2019
Offensive Guard Ted Larsen (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in Chicago’s 21-19 victory over Minnesota.
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (starter) struggled in the Colts’ season finale, completing 12 of 15 for 162 yards for a QB Rating of 69.1 in the 38-20 loss.
Defensive End B.J. Hill had 2 tackles and 1 QB Hit in the Giants’ 34-17 loss to the Eagles, playing in 18% of the defensive snaps.
Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (starter) made both field goal attempts (28 & 29) in the Bills’ 13-6 loss to the Jets.
Offensive Guard J.R. Sweezy (starter) played in 87% of the offensive snaps in Arizona’s 31-24 loss to Los Angeles.
Offensive Tackle Will Richardson played 55% of the offensive snaps in Jacksonville’s 38-20 victory over Indy.
Center Garrett Bradbury (starter) started for the Vikings in their 21-19 loss to the Bears, but only played 37% of the snaps, because he was taken out of the game to rest because Minnesota entered the game with the #6 spot in the playoffs locked up.
Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (starter) had 1 tackle in Los Angeles’ 31-21 loss to Kansas City, playing 76% of the defensive snaps.
Running Back Jaylen Samuels had 1 reception for 16 yards in the Steelers’ 28-10 loss to the Ravens, playing in 40% of the offensive snaps.
Punter A.J. Cole (starter) punted the ball 3 times for an average of 41.3 yards in Oakland’s 16-15 loss to the Broncos.
Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers didn’t record any stats in the Pats’ 27-24 loss to the Dolphins, playing in 11% of the offensive snaps.
Defensive End Kentavius Street didn’t record any stats in the Niners’ 26-21 victory over the Seahawks, playing in 11% of the defensive snaps.
Cornerback Dontae Johnson
Quarterback Ryan Finley (Bengals)
Quarterback Mike Glennon (Raiders)
Linebacker Bradley Chubb (Broncos) – knee