Pack Pros: NFL Week Three

Jacey Zembal, Editor
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Former NC State safety Josh Jones had a huge game in his first NFL start, but he wasn’t alone Sunday.

Former NCSU quarterbacks Jacoby Brissett (in a win) and Russell Wilson (in a loss) both had impressive efforts, and former kicker Stephen Hauschka showed off his big leg in a victory.

Here is a look at how the former Wolfpack players suiting up in the NFL did Sunday:

Cornerback David Amerson (played at NC State from 2010-12), Oakland Raiders: Had a season-high six tackles and three passes defended, but the Raiders lost to his previous team, the Washington Redskin, 27-10 in the Sunday Night Game. He has nine tackles and four passes defended for the 2-1 Raiders.

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (2014-15), Indianapolis Colts: He was much more comfortable in his second start of the young season while leading the Colts to a 31-28 home victory over the Cleveland Browns. He completed 17 of 24 passes for 259 yards with a touchdown, and rushed five times for 14 yards and two scores to help the Colts improve to 1-2 on the season. He has connected on 39 of 64 throws (60.9 percent) for 526 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and has rushed 11 times for 36 yards and two scores this season.

Cornerback Juston Burris (2012-15), New York Jets: The second-year pro had three tackles in a reserve role during the Jets’ 20-6 upset victory over the Miami Dolphins. He has seven tackles, one interception, which he returned 48 yards, and a pass defended for the 1-2 Jets.

Running back Matthew Dayes (2013-16), Cleveland Browns: The rookie seventh-rounder didn’t record any statistics in the Browns’ 31-28 loss at the Indianapolis Colts. He has rushed three times for seven yards and caught two passes for nine yards for the 0-3 Browns.

Quarterback Mike Glennon (2009-12), Chicago Bears: Had modest statistics, but he helped guide the Bears to their first win of the season, 23-17 over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Went 15-of-22 passing for 101 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and added three runs for four yards in his first carries of the young season. He has completed 72 of 107 passes for 615 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions for the 1-2 Bears.

Tight end David J. Grinnage (2013-15), Jacksonville Jaguars: He was signed in August and was added to the Jaguars practice squad after final cuts were made. Jacksonville crushed the Baltimore Ravens 44-7 in London, England.

Kicker Stephen Hauschka (2007), Buffalo Bills: Had an amazing game to propel the Bills to a 26-16 win over Denver and improve to 2-1 on the season. He made all four field goals — 55, 53, 49 and 27 yards — plus added two extra points to account for 14 points. He has made 5 of 6 field goals and all five extra points on the season.

Cornerback Dontae Johnson (2010-13), San Francisco 49ers: He started his third straight game and had three tackles in a wild 41-39 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night. He has nine tackles on the season for the 0-3 49ers.

Safety Josh Jones (2014-16), Green Bay Packers: The second-round pick earned his first start and dominated to the tune of 12 tackles (11 solo) and two sacks in the Packers’ 27-24 home win over the Cincinnati Bengals. He has 17 tackles and two sacks for the 2-1 Packers.


Offensive lineman Ted Larsen (2006-09), Miami Dolphins: He had been expected to start at left guard for the Dolphins, but tore his biceps in the preseason. He has been placed on injured reserve, but was designated for a possible return. The earliest he can come back for the Dolphins is Nov. 5 against Oakland. Miami fell to 1-1 with a 20-6 loss to the New York Jets.

Defensive tackle T.Y. McGill (2011-14), Cleveland Browns: He was claimed off waivers by the Browns after being released by the Indianapolis Colts, where he played the past two seasons. He hasn’t played yet and the Browns fell to 0-3 after a 31-28 at the Indianapolis Colts.

Quarterback Philip Rivers (2000-03), Los Angeles Chargers: The veteran QB and the Chargers fell to 0-3, losing 24-10 to the Kansas City Chiefs. He threw three interceptions in the loss. He finished 20-of-40 passing for 237 yards and was sacked twice. Rivers has completed 73 of 112 passes for 760 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions this season.

Offensive lineman J.R. Sweezy (2008-11), Tampa Bay Buccaneers: He got the start at right guard and the Buccaneers lost 34-17 at the Minnesota Vikings. Quarterback Jameis Winston was sacked twice. Tampa is 1-1.

Offensive lineman Joe Thuney (2012-15), New England Patriots: The starting left guard helped the Patriots win 36-33 over the Houston Texans. Quarterback Tom Brady was sacked five times, but he also proved brilliant in the clutch once again, finishing with 378 passing yards and five touchdowns.

Cornerback Jack Tocho (2013-16), Minnesota Vikings — The Vikings cut their seventh round draft choice prior to the season, but then added him up to their practice squad. Minnesota improved to 2-1 with a 34-17 win over Tampa Bay.

Quarterback Russell Wilson (2008-10), Seattle Seahawks: He erupted for a monster game with four passing touchdowns, but the Seahawks lost 33-27 at the Tennessee Titans. He connected on 29 of 49 throws for 373 yards, and rushed seven times for 26 yards in the loss. He has completed 66 of 115 passes for 729 yards with five touchdowns, and he has rushed 21 times for 100 yards for the 1-2 Seahawks.

Defensive end/outside linebacker Willie Young (2006-09), Chicago Bears: He came off the bench for the second straight game, but he had two tackles and a sack in Chicago’s 23-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has five tackles and two sacks for the 1-2 Bears.


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