Sep 5, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - A total of 23 former NC State players will open the 2013 NFL season on NFL rosters. Former Wolfpack linebacker Nate Irving will open up the season tonight, his Denver Broncos take on the defending Super Bowl winners the Baltimore Ravens.
David Amerson (2010-2012), DB, Washington Redskins – Amerson begins his rookie campaign listed as the second string cornerbehind pro bowler DeAngelo Hall. Coaches recently praised him for his speed and length, but acknowledge the second round draft pick (No. 51 overall) has a learning curve to get over. Amerson will help out the Redskins in substitution packages, as well as play on special teams.
Andre Brown (2005-08), RB, NY Giants – Brown enters his fifth NFL season with the Giants, although he suffered a broken leg in the preseason and will be out until October. In 2012, Brown ran for 385 yards and 8 TDs despite only playing in 10 games. Selected in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft (No. 129 overall), Brown has had stints with several other NFL teams, including the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts and the Washington Redskins, before being re-signed by the Giants prior to the 2011 season.
Audie Cole (2008-11), LB, Minnesota Vikings – Cole, who signed a four-year rookie contract and was chosen in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft, is slotted as team’s second-string middle linebacker to begin his second season. He played in 5 games last year for the Vikings, all on special teams.
Jerricho Cotchery(2000-03), WR, Pittsburgh Steelers – Cotchery begins his 10th NFL season, and third with the Steelers, as the team’s No. 3 wide receiver. After spending his first seven seasons with the New York Jets, Cotchery appeared in 14 games last season and recorded 17 catches for 205 yards. A fourth-round selection in the 2004 NFL Draft (No. 108 overall), Cotchery has 391 receptions for 4,956 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Mike Glennon (2008-2012), QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Glennon was drafted in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft (No. 73 overall) by the Buccaneers as the third quarterback off the board. Glennon will back up starting quarterback Josh Freeman, but the coaches believe he has a chance to compete next season depending on how Freeman plays this season. Glennon finished the preseason with 3 TDs, 3 INTs, and 397 yards.
T.J. Graham (2008-11), WR, Buffalo Bills – A third-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft (No. 69 overall), Graham starts his second season as the No. 2 wide receiver after catching 31 balls for 322 yards and a touchdown in 2012.
Leroy Harris (2003-06), OL, Detroit Lions – Entering his seventh NFL season, first with the Lions, Harris will open the 2012 season as the team’s backup center. A fourth-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft (No. 115 overall), Harris started 39 out of the last 40 games for the Titans before tearing his ACL mid-season.
Steven Hauschka (2007), PK, Seattle Seahawks – After re-signing with the team in the off-season, Hauschka will be the Seahawks’ placekicker for the 2013 season. Hauschka appeared in all 16 games last season and connected on 24 of 27 field goal attempts, while scoring 118 points. His longest field goal was a 52-yarder, two yards shy of his career-long – a 54-yarder in 2008 with the Baltimore Ravens.
Nate Irving (2007-10), LB, Denver Broncos – Last season, Irving appeared in 15 regular-season and the playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens, and also registered 13 tackles on special teams. A third-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft (No. 67 overall), Irving is listed as a starter at linebacker entering the 2013 campaign.
Markus Kuhn (2007-08, 2010-11), DT, NY Giants – Kuhn, a seventh-round draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, made the team’s final roster last season and started week 6 against the Cleveland Browns. During a Week 10 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Kuhn suffered a torn ACL and missed the remainder of the season. He starts the 2013 season with the Giants on the Physically Unable to Perform list, but could return at midseason.
Ted Larsen (2006-09), OL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Larsen enters his fourth season on the Bucs’ offensive line, having played in 44 of the team’s 48 games in the last two seasons, while making 27 total starts. Larsen is listed as the back-up center to begin the 2013 campaign for the Bucs.
Manny Lawson (2002-05), LB, Buffalo Bills– Lawson enters his first season with the Bills, after spending the first five with the San Francisco 49ers and then two with the Cincinnati Bengals. The former first-round pick has started all but one game in the last four seasons. Lawson finished the 2012 season with 39 tackles and 2 sacks. This offseason Lawson signed a 4-year contract with the Buffalo Bills worth $12 Million.
Terrell Manning (2009-11), LB, San Diego Chargers – Selected in the 5th round (no. 163 overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft, Manning played in 5 games last season with the Green Bay Packers. He recently signed the San Diego Chargers, and was placed on their 53-man squad.
Tobais Palmer (2011-12), WR, Jacksonville Jaguars – After going undrafted this past April, Palmer signed as a rookie free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and was used as a kick returned and wideout during the preseason. He was recently signed to the Jaguars practice squad.
Philip Rivers (2000-03), QB, San Diego Chargers – Rivers enters his 10th season at the helm of the Chargers’ offense, coming off his sixth-straight season of passing for at least 25 touchdowns. The No. 5 overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, Rivers hopes to get the Chargers back to the postseason for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
J.R. Sweezy (2009-11), OL, Seattle Seahawks – A defensive tackle in college, Sweezy made a rare, yet successful transition into an offensive guard for the Seahawks, and is slated to open the season as the team’s starting right guard in his second season. A seventh-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Sweezy has a great opportunity and will look to solidify his role as a starter this season.
Stephen Tulloch (2003-05), LB, Detroit Lions – Tulloch enters his eighth NFL season in 2013, and his third with the Lions, after spending his first five seasons with the Tennessee Titans. The former fourth-round pick and center of the Lions improved defense, led the team in tackles with 112 while notching his fourth-straight season with at least 110 tackles.
Mario Williams (2003-05), DE, Buffalo Bills – Williams, a two-time Pro Bowl starter and six-year member of the Houston Texans, is set to begin his second season with the Buffalo Bills. After signing one of the richest contracts given to a defensive player in NFL history (six years, $100M), Williams made 10.5 sacks last season to go with 46 tackles and 2 forced fumbles. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft has 287 total tackles, 63.5 sacks and 13 forced fumbles for his career.
Adrian Wilson (1998-00), S, New England Patriots – Wilson, one of the NFL’s most respected veteran safeties, had his 13th NFL season cut short. After playing 12 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, Wilson was placed on the Injured Reserve last week. The former third-round pick has played in every game but one in each of the last four seasons, and was the starter in New England before his injury. Wilson has 894 total tackles, 25.5 sacks, 101 pass deflections, 27 interceptions, 14 fumbles forced and 8 fumble recoveries in his NFL career.
C.J. Wilson (2009-12), CB, Chicago Bear – Despite signing as a rookie free agent, Wilson made the Bears 53-man squad as a back-up corner back. Wilson will be playing for former NC State offensive coordinator Marc Trestman, who begins his first season as an NFL head coach.
Russell Wilson (2008-10), QB, Seattle Seahawks – Wilson had one of the best seasons of a rookie quarterback in NFL history. Wilson tied Peyton Manning’s record for most TD passes by a rookie (26), became the first rookie in NFL history to lead his team to an undefeated record at home, set a club record with a 100.0 passer rating - second best ever by a rookie in NFL history, and his 64.1 completion percentage was third all-time. Wilson also broke multiple single game records for both the NFL and the Seahawks. Wilson was selected to the Pro Bowl after scoring 30 total TDs and accumulating over 3,500 total yards in his rookie season, and helped the Seahawks earn a playoff berth.
Earl Wolff (2008-2012), S, Philadelphia Eagles – Wolff was drafted in the fifth round (No. 136 overall), in the 2013 NFL draft after showcasing his speed at the combine (4.44 sec 40 YD dash). The coaches characterize him as an extra effort guy, and perhaps this is why Wolff is expected to be a force on special teams for the Eagles this season, as well as provide depth at safety.
Willie Young (2006-09), DE, Detroit Lions – After appearing in 16 games last season and producing in a backup role along Detroit’s defensive front, Young enters his fourth season with the Lions in 2013. Young, who recorded 11 total tackles and one pass deflection last season, is slated to serve as the Lions’ reserve right defensive end behind first round draft pick Ezekiel Ansah to open the 2013 campaign.