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Former NC State Safety Josh Jones Makes Seahawks 53-Man Roster
Former NC State Safety Josh Jones has made the 53-man roster for the Seattle Seahawks.
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 May of this year to a 1-year contract worth $1.09 million, but only the $50,000 signing bonus was guaranteed.
A roster spot was not a lock for Jones, but after being cut 4 times in the past 2.5 years, he has found a home in Seattle at the start of the 2022 season.
Josh Jones is going to play a major role in the 2022 #Seahawks defense, having capitalized on Ryan Neal's injury. Jones will be the third safety in big nickel and big dime looks, placing Jamal Adams down in the box. He can ball in a variety of coverages: https://t.co/KQfSZKAGnz
— Matty F. Brown (@mattyfbrown) August 30, 2022
Josh Jones' surer tackling beats out oft-injured Marquise Blair's poor tackling this preseason. Not only is Jones making Seahawks he's got them thinking playing more 3 safeties w/ Quandre Diggs, Jamal Adams to free up Adams to play near the LOS.
Blair didn't make them think that https://t.co/Nt7rHQkK8a
— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) August 30, 2022
Jones had his thyroid removed in the Spring of last year, and is a player “reborn” according to himself, and Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll.
“Yeah, he’s had a very, very obvious camp,” coach Pete Carroll said. “I mean, he’s made plays in the running game, in the passing game. He probably has more picks than anyone. He’s playing all of the spots. We’re able to put him all over the place. He’s shown learning ability fine.
“He’s almost a reborn football player, to me. He had some issues over the years that things didn’t work out. …We came here and we gave him a clean slate and said ‘Start all over. I don’t care what happened before, we’re starting all over. You have a fresh start here and let’s go.’
“He’s been really important. It’s been a big opportunity for him with Ryan Neal not out there, and he’s taking advantage of that.” (The News Tribune)
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Former NC State C Garrett Bradbury Signs 3-Year Deal with the Vikings
Former NC State All-American Center Garrett Bradbury has re-signed with the Vikings on a 3-year deal worth $15.75 million.
#Vikings have reached an agreement with C Garrett Bradbury to return to Minnesota. 3-year deal $15.75M Via: @MikeGarafolo pic.twitter.com/fKq88ghRx7
— VikingNations (@VikingNations) March 14, 2023
Bradbury just wrapped up his 4-year Rookie contract worth $13 million. The Vikings decided not to pick up his 5th year option prior to last season, but they decided to go ahead and re-sign Bradbury, who has been their starter since entering the league.
The #Vikings have reached an agreement with C Garrett Bradbury for three years & $15.75 million, a source confirms to The Athletic. @MikeGarafolo was on it. Bradbury wanted to return all along. Respected immensely by Kirk Cousins, too. Minnesota's center is back.
— Alec Lewis (@alec_lewis) March 14, 2023
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Former NC State WR Jakobi Meyers Signs 3-Year Deal with Las Vegas
Former NC State Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers got paid yesterday, signing a 3-year deal with the Raiders worth $33 million, with $21 million of it guaranteed.
Raiders to sign WR Jakobi Meyers to a 3-year deal worth $33M including $21M guaranteed. (via @RapSheet) pic.twitter.com/2C3FS9VdSx
— NFL (@NFL) March 14, 2023
After going undrafted, Meyers signed with New England, and has been with the Pats the past 4 seasons. Last year was the first year that Meyers made over $1 million, earning $3.986 million on a 1-year contract. Now he will average $11 million a season over the next three years in Vegas.
Over 4 seasons, Meyers has 235 receptions for 2,758 yards and 8 touchdown receptions. Meyers earned this pay day, leading the Pats in receiving yards for the past three seasons consecutively.
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Former NC State LB Germaine Pratt Signs 3-Year Deal with Bengals
Former NC State Linebacker Germaine Pratt is going to be staying in Cincy, signing a 3-year contract with the Bengals worth $21 million.
Bengals re-signing LB Germaine Pratt to a 3-year, $21M deal. (via @TomPelissero) pic.twitter.com/h61tTwpLmg
— NFL (@NFL) March 13, 2023
Pratt just wrapped up his 4th season in the NFL, which was his best, tallying 99 tackles, 10 pass deflections and 2 interceptions.
The Bengals drafted Pratt in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Pratt was the 11th highest graded Linebacker in the NFL last seasons, and the 3rd highest in the AFC, posting a grade of 78.4 according to ProFootballFocus.
Former NC State Defensive Tackle BJ Hill, who has been a teammate with Pratt on Cincy the past two seasons, said he would go bald if Pratt re-signed.
If @GermainePratt7 signs back I’ll go bald
— BJ Hill (@BJHill5) March 11, 2023
The Bengals then trolled Hill, asking when the head was getting shaved.
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— BJ Hill (@BJHill5) March 13, 2023
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Joe Thuney Now Has the Most Super Bowl Rings in NC State History
Former NC State All-American Offensive Lineman Joe Thuney earned his 3rd Super Bowl ring on Sunday, this time as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. Thuney won his first two as a member of the New England Patriots (2017 and 2019)
Entering the game on Sunday night, Thuney was one of 3 former NC State football players to have ever won 2 Super Bowls, joining Place Kicker Mike Cofer and Cornerback Perry Williams.
Thuney is now tied with legendary Center Jim Ritcher for the most Super Bowl appearances in school history, both having played in the game 4 times.
Jim Ritcher – 4
Joe Thuney – 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)