The 2014 NFL preseason kicked off with 45 former Florida Gators spread out over 23 of the 32 teams in the league.
Fourteen teams have multiple Florida players on their rosters including Miami and Tampa Bay (four each); Baltimore, Indianapolis and Philadelphia (three each); and Buffalo, Cincinnati, Denver, Kansas City, Minnesota, N.Y. Jets, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Washington (two each).
Below are full game statistics for all 37 players that saw action along with select updates on a number of Gators during the first week of the preseason.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DB JAYLEN WATKINS*, Philadelphia Eagles: Two solo tackles, interception (one yard), pass defense
Check out how the rest of the Gators in the NFL performed…after the break!
OT Max Starks: Played as a reserve
S Matt Elam: Started | two solo tackles
S Will Hill: Played as a reserve
» Hill will be suspended for the first six games of the season for drug use. He was released by the New York Giants in the offseason and signed by Baltimore.
WR Deonte Thompson: Reception for 15 yards (targets: 4); kick return for 20 yards
DT Damien Jacobs*: Played as a reserve
» Jacobs played in the Hall of Fame game, registering two tackles (one solo).
LB Brandon Spikes: Started | three solo tackles
LB Jon Bostic: Played as a reserve
DE Carlos Dunlap: Started | fumble recovery (no yards)
S Reggie Nelson: Started
CB Joe Haden: Started
DE Jeremy Mincey: Started
» Mincey is the first player out of UF on Dallas’s roster since 2002 (Emmitt Smith).
WR Andre Caldwell: Reception for eight yards (targets: 2)
LB Lerentee McCray: Started | three solo tackles (one for loss)
» McCray missed his entire rookie season in 2013 with an ankle injury.
C Jonotthan Harrison*: Fumble (recovered)
OT Xavier Nixon: Did not play/injured (knee)
» Nixon had a knee scope on Friday and is expected to miss three weeks.
CB Loucheiz Purifoy*: Two solo tackles
S Josh Evans: Two tackles (one solo)
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
WR Frankie Hammond: Reception for 10 yards; punt return for 18 yards
» Hammond spent his rookie year in 2013 on Kansas City’s practice squad.
DE Jaye Howard: Started | four tackles (three solo, one for loss), sack, QB hit
RB Mike Gillislee: Eight carries for 30 yards [team-highs] (long: 10); reception for -2 yards (targets: 2); tackle
LB Jelani Jenkins: Five tackles (four solo) [team-highs]
C Mike Pouncey: Physically Unable to Perform – hip
» Players on the PUP list must miss their team’s first six games.
K Caleb Sturgis: Did not play/injured (groin)
DT Sharrif Floyd: Started
DE Justin Trattou: Played as a reserve
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DT Dominique Easley*: Did not play (precautionary)
» Easley is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered during his senior season at Florida.
OG Jon Halapio*: Played as a reserve
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
LB Ronald Powell*: Two solo tackles (one for loss), sack, QB hit
NEW YORK JETS
DE Jermaine Cunningham: Injured Reserve (torn ACL – season)
WR David Nelson: Started (at TE) | reception for five yards (targets: 2)
TE Trey Burton*: Played as a reserve
WR Riley Cooper: Injured/inactive (foot)
DB Jaylen Watkins*: Two solo tackles, interception (return: one yard), pass defense
OT Marcus Gilbert: Started
C Maurkice Pouncey: Started
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
DT Ray McDonald: Did not play (precautionary)
WR Percy Harvin: Started
ST. LOUIS RAMS
CB Janoris Jenkins: Did not play (precautionary)
CB Marcus Roberson*: Four tackles (three solo, one for loss)
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
RB Jeff Demps: Two carries for four yards (long: 3); reception for eight yards (targets: 2); two kick returns for 40 yards (long: 20)
» Demps has played just two games in two NFL seasons after being stashed on injured reserve in 2012 by the Patriots and placed on IR by the Bucs (groin) in 2013.
WR Louis Murphy: Three receptions for 43 yards [team-highs] (targets: 4, long: 22)
WR Solomon Patton*: Kick return for 31 yards
S Major Wright: Started | two solo tackles (one for loss)
» Tampa Bay added three former Florida players (Murphy, Patton, Wright) this offseason through free agency. Patton was not selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.
OL Maurice Hurt: Played as a reserve
TE Jordan Reed: Played as a reserve
» Reed only played nine games as a rookie, missing seven (six-straight to end the season) due to concussion-related symptoms.
NOTABLE FREE AGENTS
Veterans: S Ahmad Black, OL Cooper Carlisle, QB Rex Grossman, P Chas Henry, RB Chris Rainey, QB Tim Tebow
Rookies: LB Darrin Kitchens*, OL Kyle Koehne*