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Pack Pros: NFL Week 1 Report

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

Linebacker Bradley Chubb had 6 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackles for loss, and 1 forced fumble in the Broncos’ 16-17 loss to the Seahawks.

Linebacker Germaine Pratt had 8 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and 1 pass breakup in the Bengals 20-23 loss to the Steelers.

Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers had 4 receptions for 55 yards (both led the Pats), and was targeted a team-high 6 times, in New England’s 7-20 loss to the Dolphins. He also rushed the ball 1 time for 7 yards.

Defensive Tackle B.J. Hill had 3 tackles, 1 sack and 1 tackle for loss in Cincy’s 20-23 loss to Pittsburgh.

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett was 18 of 34 for 147 yards and a touchdown in Cleveland’s 26-24 victory over Carolina, leading them down the field for a game-winning drive at the end of the game. He also rushed the ball 4 times for 10 yards.

Safety Josh Jones had 7 tackles in Seattle’s 17-16 victory over Denver.

Running Back Nyheim Hines had 6 receptions for 50 yards, and rushed the ball 3 times for 4 yards in the Colts’ 20-20 tie with the Texans.

Wide Receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling had 4 receptions (4 targets) for 44 yards in the Chiefs’ 44-21 victory over the Cardinals.

Defensive Tackle Kentavius Street had 2 tackles in the Saints’ 27-26 victory over the Falcons.

Defensive Tackle Justin Jones had 2 tackles and 1 pass breakup in the Bears’ 19-10 victory over the 49ers.

In his first NFL game, Rookie Punter Trenton Gill averaged 46.2 yards per punt (6 punts), pinning one inside the 20, and booting one 58 yards in Chicago’s 19-10 victory over San Francisco.

Also, he was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for wiping off the ball with a towel…never seen this one before.

Punter A.J. Cole averaged 52.0 yards on 2 punts in the Raiders’ 19-24 loss to the Chargers. He pinned one inside the 20, and one of the punts went for 56 yards.

Defensive End James Smith-Williams had 2 tackles in the Commanders’ 28-22 victory over the Jaguars.

Cornerback Nick McCloud had 2 tackles in the Giants’ 21-20 victory over the Titans, but then had to leave the game with a hamstring injury.

Defensive Tackle Alim McNeil had 1 tackle in the Lions 35-38 loss to the Eagles.

Cornerback Dontae Johnson was inactive in San Francisco’s 10-19 loss to Chicago.

Center Garrett Bradbury (Vikings), Tackle Ikem Ekwonu (Panthers) and Guard Joe Thuney all started and played 100% of the snaps in their games in Week 1.

Matthew is Publisher and Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He is also the Lead Pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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NC State’s DJ Burns Has Lost 45 Pounds In Preparation for the NBA Draft

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NC State’s DJ Burns has lost 45 pound over the past 6 weeks in preparation for the 2024 NBA Draft, and he wants to make sure people know he didn’t need Ozempic to do it. Burns has been working out 4 days a week at 5am.

Recently, Burns had a predraft workout with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Former NC State Punter Trenton Gill Signs with Denver

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Former NC State Punter Trenton Gill has signed with the Denver Broncos after he was released by the Bears this offseason.

Gill was drafted by Chicago in the 7th round of the 2022 NFL Draft, and has averaged 46.1 yards per punt through his first two NFL seasons.

Heading into the 2024 season, Gill will compete with Riley Dixon for the starting Punter job. Dixon was the Broncos’ starter in 2023, averaging 46.3 yards per punt.

Gill’s career average of 45.8 yards per punt in college is the best in NC State history. In 2019, Gill averaged 47.6 yards per punt, which led the ACC, and earned him a spot on the All-ACC Third Team. In 2021, he was on the All-ACC 1st Team. All 3 of his seasons as NC State’s Punter rank in the Top-6 in school history for best punting average in a single season.

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Former NC State G Lorenzo Brown Named to All-EuroLeague 2nd Team

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Former NC State Guard Lorenzo Brown was named to the All-EuroLeague 2nd Team.

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Lorenzo Brown, Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv

After injuries sapped Lorenzo Brown of his best form during the regular season, the Maccabi playmaker snapped back to health just in time and, as one of the stars of the postseason, has been recognized by the voters his second consecutive All-EuroLeague Team selection. Brown was the MVP of the Play-In Showdown after he erupted for 29 points on 7-for-8 three-point shooting – both Maccabi postseason records – plus 5 assists against Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz to send Maccabi to the playoffs. He then led the Israeli champs with 17.2 points and 5.8 assists for a PIR of 19.2 in the five-game series against Panathinaikos. Brown ranked third in scoring for the playoffs, with 17.2 points per game, and was third for the full season in assists with 6.1. (Link)

This is the 2nd time that Brown has earned All-EuroLeague status, earning 1st Team honors in 2022-23.

Brown plays for Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv in Israel, and this was his 2nd season with the squad.

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NC State is Tied for the 2nd Most Defensive Tackles in the NFL

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ProFootballFocus released this infographic this week, revealing which College Football Teams had the most Defensive Tackles on NFL rosters, and NC State was tied for 2nd with 7.

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Defensive Tackles on NFL Rosters who Played at NC State

B.J. Hill – Bengals (2018-23) – Career Stats: 285 Tackles, 22 TFL’s and 20.5 Sacks
Justin Jones – Cardinals (2018-23) – Career Stats: 219 Tackles, 34 TFL’s and 12 Sacks
Alim McNeil – Lions (2021-23) – Career Stats: 112 Tackles, 15 TFL’s and 8 Sacks
Kentavius Street – Falcons (2019-23) – Career Stats: 89 Tackles, 17 TFL’s and 7.5 Sacks
T.Y. McGill – 49ers (2015-23) – Career Stats: 45 Tackles, 10 TFL’s and 5.5 Sacks
Larrell Murchison – Rams (2020-23) – Career Stats: 37 Tackles, 5 TFL’s and 2 Sacks
Cory Durden – Rams (2023) – Career Stats: 3 Tackles

All 7 of the above players played regular season games for an NFL team in 2023. We will have to see how many of the 7 make 53-man rosters this Fall.

Junior Wolfpack Nose Tackle Brandon Cleveland tweeted with confidence that he will be #8 sometime soon.

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