This past weekend was the 7th week of the 2022 NFL season. Below is a breakdown of how the 20 former NC State players on NFL rosters did.
Wide Receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling had 3 receptions for 111 yards in Kansas City’s 44-23 win over San Francisco.
— 𝗙𝗢𝗟𝗟𝗢𝗪 @𝗙𝗧𝗕𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗱𝟳 (@FTBeard7) October 23, 2022
Linebacker Germaine Pratt had 6 tackles in the Bengals 35-17 victory over the Falcons.
Germaine Pratt had a nice game and is having a nice season.
His biggest strengths are his ability to knife through run blocks and his refusal to get pushed back by running backs.
Pratt's role skyrocketed with Logan Wilson out, and he had six tackles.
— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) October 24, 2022
Running Back Nyheim Hines had 5 receptions for 41 yards, 4 carries for 2 yards and 3 punt returns for 47 yards in Indy’s 10-19 loss to Tennessee.
Cornerback Nick McCloud had a blocked extra point in the Giants’ 23-17 victory over the Jags.
Giants’ legend @CarlBanksGIII with Coach Daboll on the film breakdown:
— Doug (@Doug_Analytics) October 25, 2022
Nick McCloud needs some love! Huge blocked extra point and a key pass breakup late in the game! We are getting contributions from everyone on this Giants team.
— The Entertainah (@TheEntertainah) October 23, 2022
Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers had 2 receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown in New England’s 14-33 loss to Chicago.
Jakobi Meyers is just different. What a catch and what a job getting into the end zone. pic.twitter.com/XoVXakQsuU
— Pats Buzz (@PatsBuzz) October 25, 2022
"It's tough to see somebody who worked so hard get that kind of treatment" 👀
Jakobi Meyers on the Patriots QB situation pic.twitter.com/IP9rpJZxd7
— NBC Sports Boston's Patriots Coverage (@NBCSPatriots) October 25, 2022
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett was 22 or 27 for 258 yards in Cleveland’s 20-23 loss to Baltimore. He also rushed the ball 3 times for 18 yards.
Jacoby Brissett has more passing yards (1,584) this season than:
Lamar Jackson pic.twitter.com/VBVb8xhlrJ
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) October 25, 2022
Linebacker Bradley Chubb had 4 tackles in Denver’s 9-16 loss to the Jets.
Defensive Tackle Justin Jones had 2 tackles and 2 pass deflections in Chicago’s 33-14 win over New England. If you missed Jones trolling the Pats about Deflategate, it was epic.
Defensive End James Smith-Williams had 2 tackles in the Commanders’ 23-21 win over the Packers.
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Safety Juston Burris had 3 tackles in Carolina’s 21-3 victory over Tampa Bay.
Defensive Tackle B.J. Hill had 3 tackles in Cincy’s 35-17 win over Atlanta.
Defensive Tackle Kentavius Street had 2 tackles and 1 pass deflection in the Saints’ 34-42 loss to the Cardinals.
Defensive Tackle Alim McNeil had 1 QB Hit in the Lions’ 6-24 loss to the Cowboys.
Punter A.J. Cole punted the ball twice for an average of 46.5 yards in Las Vegas’ 38-20 win over Houston.
Punter Trenton Gill punted the ball twice for an average of 40.5 yards in the Bears’ 33-14 victory over the Patriots.
Guard Joe Thuney (Chiefs) and Tackle Ikem Ekwonu (Panthers) played in 100% of the snaps for their teams.
Ikem Ekwonu vs Buccaneers:
• 24 pass blocking snaps
• 0 sacks allowed
Ekwonu hasn’t allowed a sack since Week 2 👀 pic.twitter.com/aWdhrMxkgS
— NFL Rookie Watch (@NFLRookieWatxh) October 24, 2022
According to @NextGenStats, Ikem Ekwonu ran 317 yards of 6.6+ MPH last week, 3rd-most among offensive linemen.
He also had the FEWEST yards walking among any offensive lineman. pic.twitter.com/4GVSkP2J31
— Will Bryan (@Pantherstatsguy) October 25, 2022
Ikem Ekwonu since Week 4:
0 sacks allowed
3 pressures allowed
78.3 PFF Grade (4th among OTs)
82.2 pass blocking grade (8th among OTs)
71.7 run blocking grade (15th among OTs) pic.twitter.com/Enn2kdYY3g
— PFF CAR Panthers (@PFF_Panthers) October 24, 2022
Highest graded Chiefs in Week 7 win vs 49ers:
🥇 JuJu Smith-Schuster – 91.0
🥈 Travis Kelce – 90.9
🥉 Juan Thornhill – 85.2
4️⃣ Patrick Mahomes – 83.3
5️⃣ Joe Thuney – 82.9 pic.twitter.com/kjbcgpkj8g
— PFF KC Chiefs (@PFF_Chiefs) October 24, 2022
Cornerback Dontae Johnson (49ers)
Center Garrett Bradbury (Vikings)
Quarterback Russell Wilson (Broncos)
Trea Turner Signs 11 Year Contract with Phillies for $300 Million
Former NC State All-American Shortstop Trea Turner has signed an 11-year contract worth $300 million with the Philadelphia Phillies.
The NL champs are loading up.
— MLB (@MLB) December 5, 2022
Trea Turner is headed to Philly 🔥 pic.twitter.com/A3lQPcrdYg
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 5, 2022
The deal also includes a full no trade clause.
Turner is now reunited with his former Washington Nationals teammate Bryce Harper for the long haul.
He has been an All-Star selection the past two seasons, and earned his first Silver Slugger Award this year. Last year, Turner hit .298, hit 21 home runs, stole 27 steals, and collected 101 RBI’s and 1o0 Runs.
Turner ranked 2nd in the MLB in hits (194). In 2020 and 2021, Turner led the MLB in hits. In 2021, he led all of baseball in batting average (.328). In 2018 an 2021, Turner led the National League in steals.
Over 8 seasons, Turner boasts a .302 career batting average.
Turner is the best MLB hitter that NC State has ever produced, holding the NC State record for most career Major League Runs, Home Runs, Doubles, RBI’s, Stolen Bases, and Walks.
Also, it probably goes without saying, but this is the largest MLB contract a former NC State baseball player has ever signed.
In celebration of Turner’s monster contract, have fun watching a whole mess of his highlights!
Anyone interested in a whole mess of Trea Turner highlights? pic.twitter.com/lmYcFlZbXo
— John Foley (@2008Philz) December 5, 2022
TJ Warren is Back Baby!
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.
TJ Warren checks into the game for the first time as a member of the Brooklyn Nets 👏
Warren has not played in an NBA game since December 29, 2020.pic.twitter.com/gJiLxnyDKH
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) December 3, 2022
TJ Warren on his layoff: "It made me look myself look in the mirror and realize, one day the ball can stop bouncing."
— Matt Brooks (@MattBrooksNBA) December 2, 2022
TJ Warren on making his return after missing 2 years: "It's a surreal moment. It's been a long process – a very long run – and to be able to get to today, it means a lot. So I'm just super, super excited to beat all the obstacles all the uncertainty and unknowns." #Nets #NBA
— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) December 2, 2022
In his last full season, TJ Warren ranked top-20 in:
FG% (16th and shortest player in the group)
Field Goals (18th)
— Doug Norrie (@DougNorrie) December 2, 2022
Jacque Vaughn on TJ Warren: “Just getting him back on the floor, that’s the goal of the night, and just having him play and be around his teammates — I think the goal is just to see him in a uniform and playing and excited about basketball again.”
— Chris Milholen (@CMilholenSB) December 3, 2022
Thank you Brooklyn. Will never forget this day. Let’s keep it goin. Nets W
— TJ Warren (@TonyWarrenJr) December 3, 2022
Jacque Vaughn on TJ Warren: "He will hopefully… give us the ability where Kevin (Durant) can rest."
— Matt Brooks (@MattBrooksNBA) December 2, 2022
TJ Warren: "I've been talking to my mom a lot. She's been keeping me turn to emotionally in sync. The past 48 hours it's been crazy. I can't even describe (it). Family and friends have been in my corner through the ups and downs of the past two years." #Nets #NBA
— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) December 2, 2022
Kyrie Irving on TJ Warren: “I'm just excited that he gets to prove himself to our fans, prove himself to himself, most importantly that he's able to still be a top player in our league and help a winning team, especially one that's trying to win a championship so I'm excited.”
— Chris Milholen (@CMilholenSB) December 1, 2022
Zonovan Knight Makes Jets History in NFL Debut
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!
Zonovan Knight says him and Michael Carter had a bet on the NC State/UNC game and Carter had to wear a Wolfpack shirt on when they come in and lift on Monday pic.twitter.com/gZX60kaUCi
— Antwan V. Staley (@antwanstaley) November 27, 2022
Knight might have just made a big enough splash to justify more of an active role with the New York Jets.
Carlos Rodon Finishes 6th in 2022 National League Cy Young Award Voting
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.