Former NC State Cornerback Nick McCloud was released by the Bills yesterday, but was Claimed off of Waivers today by the New York Giants, placing him on their 53-man roster.
Giants claimed four players on waivers: former Eagles guard Jack Anderson, former Steelers LB Justin Layne, former Bills DB Nick McCloud and former Jets safety Jason Pinnock.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 31, 2022
McCloud spent his first 4 seasons at NC State, but then jumped to Notre Dame as a Graduate Transfer in 2020.
After going undrafted in the 2021 NFL Draft, McCloud signed on with the Bills as an Undrafted Free Agent in May of last year, before being waived before the start of the 2021 NFL season. The next day he was claimed by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he saw action in 2 games last season before being waived on November 4th. The Bills showed they were still interested in McCloud, signing him to their Practice Squad on November 8th.
The Bills signed him to a Reserve/Futures Contract in January, but ended up Waiving him prior to the start of the season for the 2nd year in a row.
With the Giants snatching him up, McCloud has a positive outlook on the journey.
James 1: 2-4
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/GaHkCHp8wS
— Nick McCloud (@NickMcCloud4_) August 31, 2022
McCloud made $396,128 as a rookie in 2021 between his time in Buffalo and Cincinnati.
Pack Pros: NFL Week 3 Report
This past weekend was the 3rd week of the 2022 NFL season. Below is a breakdown of how the 19 former NC State players on NFL rosters did.
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (starter) was excellent on Thursday night in the Browns 29-17 victory over the Steelers. He was 21/31 for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns, with a QB Rating of 109.6.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 23, 2022
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) September 23, 2022
Jacoby Brissett is DEALING 🚀
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 23, 2022
Browns get on the board first as Jacoby Brissett finds Amari Cooper for the TD 🙌pic.twitter.com/5cyaOZ8vQG
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) September 23, 2022
Defensive Tackle B.J. Hill (starter) had 4 tackles, half a sack, a pass breakup, a forced fumble, and 2 fumble recoveries in the Bengals’ 27-12 victory over the Jets.
Sam Hubbard, BJ Hill, Joseph Ossai, and Trey Hendrickson rag doll the entire Jets offense line on this one.
Then, Trey Hendrickson rag dolls Joe Flacco for the strip sack.
— Willie Lutz (@willie_lutz) September 26, 2022
BJ Hill and Ossai get pressures/hits pic.twitter.com/YfU0rRPCPh
— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) September 26, 2022
Highest graded Bengals in Week 3 win vs Jets (min. 25 snaps):
🥇 Trey Hendrickson – 94.2
🥈 Cameron Sample – 86.2
🥉 BJ Hill – 83.1
4️⃣ Tee Higgins – 77.9
5️⃣ Tyler Boyd – 77.9 pic.twitter.com/4Qzl3Q7El2
— PFF CIN Bengals (@PFF_Bengals) September 26, 2022
Defensive Tackle Kentavius Street had 2 tackles in New Orleans’ 14-22 loss to Carolina.
Top-graded Saints in week three against the Panthers:
1. Chris Olave – 85.6
2. Kentavius Street – 83.1
3. Tre’Quan Smith – 80.9
— PFF NO Saints (@PFF_Saints) September 26, 2022
Linebacker Bradley Chubb had 2 tackles, 1 sack and 1 QB Hit in the Broncos’ 11-10 win over the 49ers.
Bradley Chubb is a beast. Another huge fourth-quarter sack to propel the Broncos to a W. pic.twitter.com/HYkfFjDlZ5
— Cory Smith (@RCorySmith) September 26, 2022
Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (starter) had 2 tackles in the Bears 23-20 win over the Texans, and one of them was his 1st sack in Chicago. He also had 2 QB Hits.
Quarterback Russell Wilson (starter) was 20/33 for 184 yards in Denver’s 11-10 victory over San Francisco. He also ran the ball 6 times for 17 yards.
Safety Josh Jones (starter) had 7 tackles in Seattle’s 23-27 loss to Atlanta.
Wide Receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (starter) caught 4 passes for 48 yards (7 targets) in the Chiefs’ 17-20 loss to the Colts.
Running Back Nyheim Hines (starter) had 5 receptions for 23 yards (6 targets), and 3 rushes for 7 yards in Indy’s 20-17 win over Kansas City.
Punter Trenton Gill (starter) punted the ball 4 times for an average of 45.5 yards (56 long), pinning one inside the 20 in Chicago’s 23-20 victory over Houston.
Punter A.J. Cole (starter) punted the ball 3 times for an average of 48 yards (58 long), pinning two inside the 20 in the Raiders’ 22-24 loss to the Titans.
Defensive Tackle Alim McNeil (starter) had 1 tackle and 1 QB Hit in Detroit’s 24-28 loss to Minnesota.
Center Garrett Bradbury (Vikings), Guard Joe Thuney (Chiefs) and Tackle Ikem Ekwonu all started for their respective teams on Sunday.
WR Jakobi Meyers (Patriots) – Knee
LB Germaine Pratt (Bengals) – Knee
DE James Smith-Williams (Commanders) – Abdomen
CB Nick McCloud (Giants) – Hamstring
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.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 21, 2022
The 1-year contract is not guaranteed according to Rod Boone of The Observer.
#Hornets have signed Dennis Smith Jr. to a one-year deal, league sources confirm to @theobserver. The contract is non-guaranteed, per sources. Low risk signing bringing the Fayetteville native and N.C. State product on board. Roster is now at 19. Training camp begins on Tuesday.
— Rod Boone (@rodboone) September 21, 2022
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.
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.
The #49ers plan to add a third QB to the 53-man roster or, perhaps more likely, the practice squad.
Based on today's reported workouts, here are their options:
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) September 20, 2022
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!
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.
Jacoby Brissett vs the Jets:
🟠 83.2 PFF grade – 3rd among QBs in Week 2 pic.twitter.com/OizboeJvP8
— PFF CLE Browns (@PFF_Browns) September 20, 2022
Jacoby Brissett with a dime in the end zone. He’s 10-11 for 90 yards vs. the Jets thus far. pic.twitter.com/AZ8KdWHt7g
— Cory Smith (@RCorySmith) September 18, 2022
— Browns Digest (@BrownsDigestFN) September 18, 2022
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.
Nelson Agholor on Jakobi Meyers: “I’ve played with a lot of tough players, and I have so much respect for how tough he is. And how consistent he is. I’m honored to play next to him.” pic.twitter.com/b0lvnY8vxz
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) September 18, 2022
Target per route run rate leaders through two weeks:
(not including MNF guys)
35% – Tyreek Hill, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Isaiah Likely
34% – Jaylen Waddle
33% – Ashton Dulin, Cooper Kupp, Drake London
31% – Mark Andrews, Garrett Wilson
30% – Jakobi Meyers, Stefon Diggs, Davante Adams
— Jacob Gibbs (@jagibbs_23) September 19, 2022
Defensive Tackle Justin Jones had 8 tackles and 2 tackles for loss in the Bears’ 10-27 loss to the Packers.
— Pro Football Culture (@proftblculture) September 19, 2022
Running Back Nyheim Hines had 4 receptions for 37 yards in the Colts’ 0-24 loss to the Jags.
Nyheim Hines has been one of Matt Ryan’s only reliable targets, and he needs to be on the field more.
If that means playing him at WR more often so it’s easier to increase that role in case of injury, so be it. https://t.co/doJ5BL5eqx
— Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAErickson) September 19, 2022
Punter A.J. Cole averaged 53.7 yards per punt (3 punts) in the Raiders’ 23-29 loss to the Cardinals.
Punter rankings week 2 edition
Lots of movement this week, but #RaiderNation AJ Cole picks up where he left off last year with two consecutive weeks at the top#Titans Ryan Stonehouse and #SKOL Ryan Wright headline the rookie class pic.twitter.com/bssUoEZoAQ
— Puntalytics (@ThePuntRunts) September 20, 2022
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.