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PackPros: Russell Wilson 2020 Outlook

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Former NC State All-ACC Quarterback Russell Wilson had his best season to-date according to ProFootballFocus, with an overall grade of 91.9 (beating his Rookie season grade: 90.6), which was the best offensive grade on the Seahawks, the best grade by a Quarterback in the NFL, the best overall grade by an Offensive player, and the 2nd best overall grade regardless of position behind Defensive Tackle Aaron Donald (93.6).

In 2019, for the 3rd time in his career, Wilson threw for 4,000+ passing yards, slinging it for 4,110 yards through the air (2nd most in career). He threw 30+ touchdowns (31) for the third consecutive year, and his completion percentage of 66.1% was his best since 2015 (2nd best of his career).

Wilson’s 2019 QB Stat Rankings 

  • Passing Yards: 6th
  • Passing Touchdowns: 3rd
  • QB Rating: 5th (106.3)
  • Completion Percentage: 8th

While being elected to the Pro Bowl 7 times in his 1st 8 seasons, and earning 2nd Team All-Pro honors last year, the MVP award has alluded Wilson up to this point. In fact, he’s never even received a single vote for MVP. Despite all of 2020’s woes, maybe Wilson can bring the trophy home this year. ESPN’s bold prediction for this season is that Wilson will be the winner. According to Vegas odds heading into the season, Russell has the 3rd best odds.

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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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Former NC State All-ACC RB Nyheim Hines to be Released by the Bills

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Former NC State All-ACC Running Back Nyheim Hines is going to be released by the Buffalo Bills.

Hines was under contract for one more season in Buffalo, but it wasn’t guaranteed. He was set to make $4.06 million this season with the Bills.

Hines will always be remembered by the Bills Mafia for returning a kickoff for a touchdown, in the first play in the game after Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest in the game before.

Hines missed the entire 2023 season due to suffering a Torn ACL in a boating accident in the offseason, but he is expected to be ready by Training Camp.

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The Denver Broncos Are Releasing Russell Wilson

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Everyone saw this coming, but the Denver Broncos officially announced they will be releasing former NC State Quarterback Russell Wilson on March 13th.

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Wilson had this to say to Broncos Nation.

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The Broncos didn’t want to continue with Wilson as their starting Quarterback, no matter how much it cost. Denver will take on $85 million in Dead Cap, which is an NFL record. In fact, it’s more than the prior two Dead Cap records combined.

Largest dead cap hits in NFL history:
Russell Wilson ($85M)
Matt Ryan ($40.53M)
Aaron Rodgers ($40.31M)
Carson Wentz ($33.8M)
Russell Wilson, again ($26M)

By releasing him now, they are saving themselves from paying Wilson an additional $37 million in guaranteed money.

Where will Wilson play next season? According to Vegas, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the odds on favorite to acquire Wilson’s services.

The thought by many, is that Wilson is expected to sign for the league minimum, which is $1.21 million, because the Broncos will still be paying him his 2024 salary.

It will be interesting to say the least to see how this unfolds.

 

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Dylan McMahon Represented NC State on the NFL Combine Yesterday

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NC State Center Dylan McMahon will be showing off his athletic ability later today (1pm) at the NFL Combine, but yesterday he took to the podium. Check out some of what he had to say.

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Former NC State WR Jerricho Cotchery Named Head Coach at Limestone University

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Former All-ACC NC State Wide Receiver Jerricho Cotchery has been named the Head Coach at Limestone University.

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Cotchery has spent the past 2 seasons as the Wide Receivers Coach and Assistant Head Coach at Limestone, helping lead them to a 16-8 record over that span. Limestone’s conference record the past two years was 15-3, finishing as co-champs of the Piedmont Division of South Atlantic Conference both years.

After playing 12 years in the NFL, Cotchery served as the Carolina Panthers Assistant Wide Receivers Coach from 2017-19.

Cotchery ranks 2nd all-time at NC State in receiving yards, trailing only Torry Holt. He also ranks 4th in receptions.

Congrats Jerricho!

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