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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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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.

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

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

 

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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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Ryan Finley OUT as Starting Quarterback in Cincinnati

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The Ryan Finley experiment in Cincinnati is over. After starting the past three games for the Bengals, the former NC State quarterback will sit back down on the bench, with Andy Dalton stepping back into his normal role.

According to Ian Rapoport, with the Bengals season shot, this more of an opportunity to evaluate Finley, than Dalton being benched.

Finley struggled mightily in his three starts, completing only 47.1% of his passes, producing a QB Rating of 62.1, and turning the ball over 5 times.

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NC State in the NFL: Week 12 Report

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15 of the 21 former NC State players on active NFL rosters saw action in Week 12 of the 2019 NFL season. Check out a breakdown of how they did below.

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (starter) had a quiet day last Thursday night, completing 16 of 25 for 129 yards in Indy’s 20-17 loss to Houston. He also rushed 4 times for 20 yards with a touchdown.
Running Back Nyheim Hines had 9 carries for 51 yards, and 2 receptions for 10 yards in the Colts’ 20-17 loss to the Texans. He also returned two kickoffs for an average of 18 yards. Hines played 33% of the offensive snaps.
Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (starter) was perfect in the Bills’ 20-3 victory over the Broncos, making both field goals (39 & 23) and both extra points.

Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon (starter) had 3 receptions for 43 yards (6 targets) in Washington’s 19-16 victory over Detroit, including this ridiculous 1-hand catch.

It was Harmon’s 3rd consecutive start (5th of the year), playing 66% of the snaps.

Quarterback Russell Wilson (starter) and the Seahawks beat Philly 17-9. His performance was not as stunning as usual, completing 13 of 25 for 200 yards, with a touchdown and an interception.

What was stunning was Wilson’s touchdown throw on a trick play.

Punter A.J. Cole (starter) punted the ball 7 times for an average of 45 yards in Oakland’s 34-3 loss to the Jets.

Quarterback Mike Glennon was 4 of 7 for 20 yards in the Raiders’ 34-3 loss to New York. He fumbled the ball 3 times, losing one of them.

Defensive Back Juston Burris (starter) had 2 tackles and 2 pass deflections in the Browns’ 41-24 victory over the Dolphins. Burris has been a breakout player for Cleveland, playing 100% of the defensive snaps against Miami.

Running Back Jaylen Samuels had 2 carries for 6 yards, and 3 receptions for 26 yards in Pittsburgh’s 16-10 victory over Cincinnati. He played in 29% of the offensive snaps.

Quarterback Ryan Finley (starter) played his best game to date, completing 12 of 26 for 192 yards and a touchdown in Cincinnati’s 16-10 loss to Pittsburgh. . He did fumble the ball 2 times, losing one. Finley’s QB Rating was 84.1.

Linebacker Germaine Pratt (starter) had a career high 8 tackles in the Bengals’ 16-10 loss to the Steelers. He played 62% of the defensive snaps. It was the 3rd consecutive start for Pratt, and the 4th of the season.

Defensive End B.J. Hill didn’t record any stats in the Giants’ 19-14 loss to the Bears, playing 26% of the defensive snaps.

Offensive Guard Ted Larsen played 1 offensive snap, and 5 special teams snaps in Chicago’s 19-14 victory over New York.

Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers (starter) had 4 receptions for career high 74 yards in the first start of his career. He played a career high 77% of the offensive snaps in New England’s 13-9 victory over Dallas.

Offensive Guard Joe Thuney (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Patriots’ 13-9 victory over the Cowboys.

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Offensive Guard J.R. Sweezy (Cardinals)
Quarterback Philip Rivers (Chargers)
Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (Charger)
Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill (Chargers)
Center Garrett Bradbury (Vikings)

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Offensive Guard Will Richardson (Jaguars)

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

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