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NC State in the NFL: Week 17 Report

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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.

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.

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.

Inactive

Cornerback Dontae Johnson

DNP

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

IR

Linebacker Bradley Chubb (Broncos) – 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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