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Josh Jones is Making a Case for a Roster Spot in Seattle

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Former NC State Safety Josh Jones is making a case to make the 53-man roster of the Seahawks. Seattle signed Jones to a 1-year contract worth up to $1.09 million back in May. On Thursday night, in Week 2 of the 2022 NFL Preseason, Jones had 4 tackles and 1 tackle for loss in Seattle’s 27-11 loss to Chicago. In Week 1 of the Preseason, Jones had 4 tackles and a pass deflection (that should have been an interception) in the Seahawks 32-25 loss to the Steelers.

Jones’ NFL career hasn’t gone as expected after being drafted in the 2nd round by the Green Bay Packers in 2017. After 2 years in Green Bay, he was waived with a non-football illness in August of 2019, after playing in 29 out of a possible 32 games (12 starts). Two months later he was scooped up by the Cowboys, and was placed on the Practice Squad. He was called up in November, and played in 6 games as a reserve, before being waived at the end of December. Jones was then picked up by Jacksonville, and entered the 2020 season as the starter, and started all 13 games he played in, prior to the 2021 season.

Last season was a roller coaster for Jones, playing 6 games with Indy and 4 games with Seattle, after being signed to the Practice Squad of each team initially.

The Seahawks believed in Jones enough to sign him once again in 2021.

As Jones enters his 6th season, he finds himself fighting for a roster spot once again. There has never been a doubt in Jones’ ability. Here’s to hoping he puts it together and finds a home in Seattle.

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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TJ Warren is Back Baby!

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Tonight, former NC State ACC Player of the Year TJ Warren played his first NBA game since December 29, 2020, and HE’S STILL GOT IT!

For the first time as a member of the Nets, Warren stepped on the court.

Tony Buckets came off the bench, and managed to score 10 points (5-11 FG) and grab 4 rebounds in 17 minutes of play in Brooklyn’s 114-105 victory over the Raptors.

 

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Zonovan Knight Makes Jets History in NFL Debut

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Former NC State All-American (Kickoff Returner) and All-ACC Running Back Zonovan Knight made his NFL debut today in the Jets 31-10 victory over the Bears, and in doing so, he made New York history.

Knight had 69 yards on 14 carries (4.9 yards per carry) and had 3 receptions for 34 yards, giving him 103 yards from scrimmage, setting a new Jets record for yards from scrimmage in an NFL debut.

Bam went undrafted earlier this year, but then signed an undrafted free agent deal with New York. He initially made the Jets 53-man roster, but then was waived a few days later to make space for an Offensive Lineman. Two days later, the Jets signed Knight to their Practice Squad, and that’s where he was until he was called up to the 53-man roster on October 25th.

Though Bam has been on the 53-man roster since then, today was the first time that he was Active. This came after Jets Running Back James Robinson was listed as a healthy scratch. When Running Back Michael Carter left the game in the 1st half with an ankle injury, it was Knight’s turn to step in as RB1.

Knight ended up playing 49% of the offensive snaps for the Jets today.

Also, dude was wearing a Scarface sweater for his postgame press conference…serious drip.

Also, Knight made a bet with Jets Running Back Michael Carter, a former Tar Heel, that if NC State beat UNC, he would have to wear an NC State shirt tomorrow to practice. Love it Bam!

Knight might have just made a big enough splash to justify more of an active role with the New York Jets.

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Carlos Rodon Finishes 6th in 2022 National League Cy Young Award Voting

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Earlier this week, the 2022 Cy Young Winners were announced, and former NC State All-American Pitcher Carlos Rodon came in 6th in the National League voting.

Sandy Alcantara, MIA: 30 (first-place votes) – 210 points
Max Fried, ATL: 10 (2nd), 7 (3rd), 5 (4th), 1 (5th) – 72 points
Julio Urías, LAD: 7 (2nd), 9 (3rd), 5 (4th), 1 (5th) – 66 points
Aaron Nola, PHI: 5 (2nd), 6 (3rd), 4 (4th), 2 (5th) – 48 points
Zac Gallen, ARI: 3 (2nd), 5 (3rd), 6 (4th), 6 (5th) – 45 points
Carlos Rodón, SF: 3 (2nd), 1 (3rd), 4 (4th), 7 (5th) – 30 points
Corbin Burnes, MIL: 1 (2nd), 2 (3rd), 1 (4th), 8 (5th) – 20 points
Yu Darvish, SD: 3 (4th), 1 (5th) – 7 points
Edwin Díaz, NYM: 1 (2nd), 2 (5th) – 6 points
Kyle Wright, ATL: 1 (4th), 1 (5th) – 3 points
Logan Webb, SF: 1 (4th) – 2 points
Ryan Helsley, STL: 1 (5th) – 1 point (MLB)

Rodon finished the 2022 season with a 14-8 record, a 2.88 ERA, 237 strikeouts (179 innings) and a WHIP of 1.03. In the National League, he ranked 6th in ERA, 2nd in K’s, 9th in WHIP and 9th in Wins.

In 2021, Rodon finished 5th in the Cy Young Award voting for the American League.

Rodon is now a Free Agent, and is set to become a very wealthy man after the past two seasons he’s put together.

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Trea Turner Wins First Silver Slugger Award

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Former NC State All-American Shortstop recently won the National League Silver Slugger Award for the Shortstop position, the first of his career.

Among Shortstops, Turner led the MLB in hits (194) while coming 2nd in Batting Average (.298), doubles (39) and RBI’s (100).

Turner also earned his 2nd All-Star appearance in 2022.

The Dodgers recently issued a Qualifying Offer to Turner, who is now a Free Agent, and as expected he declined it.

Turner is about to make boat loads of money.

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