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NC State NFL Stat Rundown: Week 1



Here’s a statistical rundown of all the former NC State players that are in the NFL in Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season.


Russell Wilson (Seahawks/Starter) – Wilson was 31 of 35 for 322 yards and 4 touchdowns for a QB Rating of 143.1 in the Seahawks 38-25 over Atlanta. He also rushed the ball 3 times for 29 yards.

Philip Rivers (Colts/Starter) – Rivers was 36 of 46 for 363 yards and 1 touchdown (2 interceptions) for a QB Rating of 88.7 in the Colts 27-20 loss to the Jaguars.

Jacoby Brissett (Colts/Reserve) – Brissett played 1 snap in Indy’s 27-20 loss to Jacksonville.

Running Back

Nyheim Hines (Colts/Reserve) – Hines had 8 receptions (8 targets) for 45 yards and a touchdown, and 7 rushes for 28 yards and a touchdown in the Colts 27-20 loss to the Jags. He played in 53% of the offensive snaps.

Jaylen Samuels (Steelers/Reserve) – Samuels had 1 carry for 2 yards and 1 reception (1 target) for 1 yard in the Steelers 26-16 victory over the Giants. He played in 31% of the offensive snaps.

Wide Receiver

Jakobi Meyers (Patriots/Reserve) – Meyers didn’t’ record any stats in the Patriots 27-11 victory over the Dolphins. He played 11 snaps on offense (7%).

Offensive Line

Garrett Bradbury (Vikings/Starter) – Bradbury played in 100% of the offensive snaps in the Vikings 43-34 loss to the Packers. He didn’t allow a single pressure in the contest.

Joe Thuney (Patriots/Starter) – Thuney played in 100% of the offensive snaps in New England’s 27-11 victory over Miami. He didn’t allow a single pressure in the contest.

J.R. Sweezy (Cardinals/Starter) – Sweezy played in 100% of the offensive snaps in the Cardinals’ 24-20 victory over the 49ers. He allowed one QB Pressure and 1 QB Hurry.

Will Richardson (Jags/Reserve) – Richardson didn’t see any snaps on offensive line, but did see action in 5 plays on Special Teams.

Defensive Tackle

Justin Jones (Chargers/Starter) – Jones had 2 tackles in the Chargers 16-13 win over the Bengals. He played in 51% of the defensive snaps. He also had 2 QB Hurries.

B.J. Hill (Giants/Reserve) – Hill didn’t record any stats in the Giants 26-16 loss to the Steelers, playing in 30% of the defensive snaps. He had 1 QB Hurry.

T.Y. McGill (Eagles/Reserve) – McGill had 1 tackle, 0.5 sacks, and 2 QB Hurries in the Eagles 27-17 loss to the Redskins. He played in 23% of the Defensive Snaps.


Germaine Pratt (Bengals/Starter) – Pratt had a career high 12 tackles in the Bengals 16-13 loss to the Chargers. He played in 73% of the defensive snaps.

Bradley Chubb (Broncos/Starter) – Chubb didn’t record any stats in the Broncos 16-14 loss to the Titans, playing in 73% of the defensive snaps. He had 2 QB Hurries.

Defensive End 

James Smith-Williams (Washington/Reserve) – Smith-Williams played 1 snap on defense, and 11 on Special Teams.


Josh Jones (Jaguars/Starter) – Jones tied a career high 12 tackles in the Jags 27-20 victory over the Colts. He played in 97% of the defensive snaps.

Juston Burris (Panthers/Starter) – Burris had 2 tackles in the Panthers 34-30 loss to the Raiders. He played in 100% of the defensive snaps.

Dontae Johnson (49ers/Reserve) – Johnson didn’t play any defensive snaps, but did record 1 special teams tackle.


A.J. Cole (Raiders/Starter) – Cole punted the ball 3 times for an average distance of 42.3 in the Raiders 34-30 victory over the Panthers.


Quarterback Ryan Finley (Bengals)

Quarterback Mike Glennon (Jags)


Defensive End Larrell Murchison (Titans)

Defensive End James Smith-Williams (Washington)

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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



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



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


Wilson had this to say to Broncos Nation.


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



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



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


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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