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Browns Confident in Jacoby Brissett After Learning Watson’s Suspension Was Adjusted to 11 Games



Originally Deshaun Watson’s suspension was 6 games, but it has now been upped to 11 games. Despite that fact, the Browns are still confident in moving forward with former NC State Quarterback Jacoby Brissett as their starter.

Quotes from Browns coach Kevin Stefanski:

“We’re excited about Jacoby and have a ton of trust in Jacoby and when Deshaun is ready, he’ll rejoin the team,” Stefanski said.

“I think back to when we were acquiring Jacoby, the phone calls that I made to people he’s played for, people that he’s played with, it was very, very consistent in that you’re getting a pro’s pro,” Stefanski said. “(He’s) somebody who’s going to lead from out in front, works very hard at his craft and is just an outstanding teammate.” (Link)


When the Browns signed Brissett to a $4.5 million 1-year contract in March, they had to know it was likely he would start at the beginning of the season, but the question was how long.

Now they know.

Brissett has started 37 games in his 6 year career, completing 60.2% of his passes, and throwing 36 touchdowns compared to 17 interceptions.

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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This is it, JB. The opportunity you hoped for. You want to be ‘the guy’? This is probably the last really good opportunity you’ll have. Watson is going to come back for game 12, so you’ve got 11 games to sell another team on giving you a shot as their starter. It’s that, or backup for the rest of your career.
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Dennis Smith Jr. has signed a one year deal with the Charlotte Hornets



Former NC State All-ACC Point Guard, and ACC Freshman of the Year, Dennis Smith Jr. has signed a 1-year contract with the Charlotte Hornets.

The 1-year contract is not guaranteed according to Rod Boone of The Observer.

Smith is entering his 6th season in the NBA after being drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the 9th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. After a year-and-a-half in Dallas, Smith was traded to the Knicks in a deal that brought Kristaps Porzingis to the Mavs. After a year-and-a-half in New York, he was traded to the Pistons in a trade that brought Derrick Rose to the Knicks. Last year, Smith signed a free-agent deal with Portland, playing in 37 games for the Trail Blazers (starting 4), averaging 6 points and 4 assists.

Through 5 seasons, Smith Jr. has averaged 10.7 points and 4.2 assists. His career hasn’t been what you would expect out of a lottery pick, but the young man has made $18.7 million in the process over the past 5 years.

Here’s to hoping a return to his home state will turn things around for the former Wolfpacker.

Below is a docuseries that Smith Jr. has posted on his personal YouTube channel over the summer.

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Former NC State QB Mike Glennon Worked Out for 49ers Yesterday



Trey Lance broke his ankle on Sunday, and will miss the remainder of the season. As a result, the 49ers are looking for a 3rd Quarterback to be on their roster or practice squad.

Former NC State Quarterback Mike Glennon was one of five quarterbacks to workout for San Francisco yesterday.

Glennon recently called his first game as an ESPN college football analyst, joining the crew for the Duke vs. North Carolina A&T game on September 17th. Prior to getting his feet wet as an analyst, Glennon had expressed his desire to still play football in the NFL after not being signed by a team heading into 2022.

For the past 9 years, Glennon has been a Quarterback in the NFL, playing for 6 different teams. He has played in 40 games, and started in 31, making $31.97 million in the process.

We’re pulling for you Mike!

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Pack Pros: NFL Week 2 Report



This past weekend was the 2nd week of the 2022 NFL season. Below is a breakdown of how the 19 former NC State players on NFL rosters did.

The Jets made an improbable comeback, defeating the Browns 31-30 in the final minute, but that doesn’t negate the solid play by Quarterback Jacoby Brissett. The former NC State QB was 22/27 for 229 yards, with a touchdown and an interception, producing a QB Rating of 98.9. He also rushed the ball 43 yards on 6 carries.

Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers had himself a day on Sunday, reeling in 9 catches (team high) for 95 yards in New England’s 17-14 victory over Pittsburgh. He was also targeted a team high 13 times. Meyers did leave the game in the final minutes with an ailing knee, which limited him some in the preseason. His status for Week 3 is unknown at this point.

Defensive Tackle Justin Jones had 8 tackles and 2 tackles for loss in the Bears’ 10-27 loss to the Packers.

Running Back Nyheim Hines had 4 receptions for 37 yards in the Colts’ 0-24 loss to the Jags.

Punter A.J. Cole averaged 53.7 yards per punt (3 punts) in the Raiders’ 23-29 loss to the Cardinals.

Defensive Tackle B.J. Hill had 5 tackles and a pass breakup in the Bengals 17-20 loss to the Cowboys.

Linebacker Germaine Pratt had 5 tackles in Cincy’s 17-20 loss to Dallas.

Wide Receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling had 2 receptions for 13 yards (7 targets) in Kansas City’s 27-24 win over the Chargers.

Defensive End James Smith-Williams had 1 sack and 2 QB hits in the Commanders 27-36 loss to the lions.

Safety Josh Jones had 4 tackles in Seattle’s 7-27 loss to San Francisco. Jones started the game, after coming off the bench in Week 1.

Punter Trenton Gill averaged 49.5 yards per punt (4 punts) in Chicago’s 10-27 loss to the Packers.

Quarterback Russell Wilson led the Broncos to a  16-9 victory over the Texans, but it wasn’t pretty. Wilson was 14/31 for 219 yards, with a touchdown and an interception, and a QB Rating of 66.4.

Defensive Tackle Alim McNeill had 2 tackles in Detroit’s 36-27 win over Washington.

Defensive Tackle Kentavius Street had one tackle for loss in the Saints’ 10-20 loss to the Bucs.

I thought I read the box score wrong, but Linebacker Bradley Chubb didn’t record a tackle in Denver’s 16-9 win over Houston. He did have 2 QB hits.

Center Garrett Bradbury (Vikings), Guard Joe Thuney (Chiefs) and Tackle Ikem Ekwonu (Panthers) all played 100% of the snaps this week in their games.

Cornerback Nick McCloud (Giants) was OUT with a hamstring injury.

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Lorenzo Brown leads Spain to EuroBasket title. Now being called a ‘basketball god’ and ‘Spain’s Michael Jordan’



Woah. Slow down for a second.

We haven’t heard from former NC State basketball star Lorenzo Brown in while. And now he’s being dubbed a ‘basketball god” ? He has people calling him Spain’s version of Michael Jordan? What did we miss?

Here’s a quick recap of how Lorenzo Brown became a citizen of Spain and led them to the Eurobasket Championship.

Eurobasket is the European Basketball Championship. It’s the main international basketball competition held by FIBA and it’s huge. Superstars from all over the world compete for their counties and there is a lot of national pride that comes along with this championship.

So where does Lorenzo Brown, a kid just outside Atlanta, Georgia, fit in?

Zo has never lived Spain. He doesn’t have family from Spain, and he’s never even played for a team in Spain. However, Sergio Scariolo, who was filling out Spain’s roster was dealt a blow when Ricky Rubio (NBA star PG) suffered a serious ACL injury earlier this year. He didn’t have anyone that could fill Rubio’s shoes and was stuck. Then he had an idea.

Scariolo was an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors in 2018, the same time Lorenzo Brown was with the Raptors. Scariolo loved Brown’s game so much that it was Brown he thought of for this opportunity.

For Brown to be able to compete, he’d have to become a citizen of Spain, but that wasn’t going to be an easy task seeing as he didn’t live there or have any ties to the country.

Scariolo had an idea. He went to the Spanish Basketball Association and explained how important Brown getting citizenship was. He requested for them to put in a request to the country for expedited citizenship under ‘exceptional circumstances.’ The exceptional circumstances being, it will help the country compete on a national stage.

The government OK’d the request and Zo was the new PG for Spain.

This normally wouldn’t be a huge deal, but Zo was a huge difference maker. In fact, for most of the tournament, he was Spain’s most valuable player. In fact, he was the first player to ever register a double-double (points/assists) in the EuroBasket gold medal game.

Overall, he put up 22.8pts and 8.3 assists and was pivotal in late-game situations, as he led Spain to the championship over France.

“Yes, that was my first objective right there. And we did it. I faced a lot of criticism for who knows what. But I feel like it’s a language barrier or country… I don’t know what was going on, but at the end of the day, we speak the same language out there on the court. It doesn’t matter what color you’re or where you’re from, we’re all brothers and humans. That speaks for itself right there, winning this gold medal.” Brown told

Eurobasket was no cakewalk either. The tournament featured some of the NBA’s best talent, including Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece), Nikola Jokic (Serbia), Luka Doncic (Slovenia), and Rudy Gobert (France).

But Brown didn’t do it on his own. He was teamed up with Juancho Hernangomez (Finals MVP), who was the inspiration for the Netlfix move ‘Hustle’ with Adam Sandler. Hernangomez played Bo Cruz, a foreign player who was trying to make his way to the NBA. Sandler also chimed in after the win.

But Brown was right there with him, being named one of the All-Star 5 from the tournament.

His play has led some in Spain to call him ‘Spain’s version of Michael Jordan’, one of which was the countries biggest YouTube star.

So what’s next for Zo?

Well, it looks like he’s going to stick around in Spain and cash in on his recent success. What that looks like is still not set in stone, however, we’ll keep you updated with his next move and hopefully bring you an exclusive interview about his huge tournament.

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