Former Gators in the NFL: 2013 Preseason Week 1

By Adam Silverstein
August 12, 2013

The 2013 NFL regular season is three weeks away from kicking off on Thursday, Sept. 5, but 41 former Florida Gators spread out over 21 teams remained on rosters while the league participated in the first full week of preseason action from Aug. 8-11.

Thirteen teams have multiple Florida players on their rosters including Miami and Washington (four); New England, N.Y. Giants and Tampa Bay (three); and Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh and Seattle (two).

Below are game statistics for every player and select updates on some Gators for the third full week of training camp.

* Rookie

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
LB JON BOSTIC, Chicago Bears*: Started; two solo tackles (one for loss), pass defense, 51-yard interception return for touchdown
» Bostic’s pick-six was against former UF quarterback Cam Newton. He is taking advantage of a veteran being injured and may be in line to steal the starting job.

Check out how the rest of the Gators in the NFL performed…after the break!

ACTIVE (33)
S MATT ELAM, Baltimore Ravens*: Two solo tackles
WR DEONTE THOMPSON, Baltimore Ravens: Reception for five yards (targets: 2); two kick returns for 52 yards (long: 29)
» Thompson sprained his left foot and will miss the Ravens’ second preseason game. He will be reevaluated Friday though the injury is not believed to be serious.
S MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Started; three tackles (one solo)
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Started; solo tackle
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Started; solo tackle
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Denver Broncos: Reception for 11 yards
LB LERENTEE MCCRAY, Denver Broncos: Two solo tackles (one for loss), sack
WR OMARIUS HINES, Green Bay Packers*: Target; kick return for 20 yards; punt return for no gain
S JOSH EVANS, Jacksonville Jaguars*: Two tackles (one solo)
WR FRANKIE HAMMOND, Jr., Kansas City Chiefs*: Reception for 17 yards (targets: 2); two punt returns for five yards (long: 4)
RB MIKE GILLISLEE, Miami Dolphins*: 12 carries for 37 yards (long: 10); two receptions for seven yards (targets: 2, long: 7)
LB JELANI JENKINS, Miami Dolphins*: Solo tackle
C MIKE POUNCEY, Miami Dolphins: Started
K CALEB STURGIS, Miami Dolphins*: Started; 2/2 on field goals (long: 58), 3/3 on extra points
» Sturgis improved to 7/7 on field goals all-time at EverBank Field. His 58-yarder was the longest field goal he has kicked in a game since the start of his Gators career. He is in line to win the Dolphins’ starting job.
DT SHARRIF FLOYD, Minnesota Vikings*: Solo tackle for loss, pass defense
» Floyd injured his left knee during the game and had an MRI performed on Sunday; it did not reveal any damage, but it is unknown when he will return to practice.
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: Started; three tackles (two solo, one for loss), fumble recovery
QB TIM TEBOW, New England Patriots: 4/12 for 55 yards (QB Rating: 49.0); four carries for 31 yards (long: 14)
S WILL HILL, New York Giants: Solo tackle
WR LOUIS MURPHY, New York Giants: Reception for 12 yards (targets: 4)
DE JUSTIN TRATTOU, New York Giants: Three tackles (two solo, one for loss), QB hit, sack
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Started; reception for 19 yards (targets: 2)
OT MARCUS GILBERT, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started
» Gilbert was supposed to start at left tackle this season but was moved to right tackle and is expected to remain there for the duration of the season barring injury.
C MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started
OT MAX STARKS, San Diego Chargers: Played as a reserve
DT RAY MCDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Started
DT JAYE HOWARD, Seattle Seahawks: Four tackles (two solo, one for loss)
CB JANORIS JENKINS, St. Louis Rams: Started; solo tackle
SS AHMAD BLACK, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Two solo tackles, pass defense
P CHAS HENRY, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Two punts for 104 yards (long: 55)
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins: 10/21 for 119 yards, touchdown (QB Rating: 81.2)
OT XAVIER NIXON, Washington Redskins*: Played as a reserve
TE JORDAN REED, Washington Redskins*: Played as a reserve
» Reed suffered a mid-foot sprain during the game and did not return to practice over the weekend. However, he is no longer wearing a boot and is considered day-to-day.

DID NOT PLAY (8)
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Injured – concussion
» Dunlap was concussed at the end of July and held out of action mostly for precautionary reasons.
WR DAVID NELSON, Cleveland Browns: Injured – knee
» Nelson’s knee (which was surgically repaired following a torn ACL) flared up during the week, and he was rested as a precautionary measure.
DE EARL OKINE, Houston Texans*: Inactive – precautionary
» Okine was activated off the PUP list at the end of July and held out of action.
DE JEREMY MINCEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Injured – concussion
» Mincey was concussed during practice last week and had not passed concussion protocol tests prior to the game. He has since been cleared.
DE JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM, New England Patriots: Inactive – did not play
» It is unknown why Cunningham has not been practicing or playing with his team during the offseason despite remaining a member of the organization.
WR PERCY HARVIN, Seattle Seahawks: Injured – hip
RB JEFF DEMPS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Inactive – did not play
» Demps is still running track and has not reported to Buccaneers training camp.
OL MAURICE HURT, Washington Redskins: Injured – knee (on PUP list)

NOTABLE FREE AGENTS
DT Omar Hunter*, RB Chris Rainey

2 Comments

  1. Joe says:

    I think all of Caleb’s kick offs were touch backs also. If he keeps this up, even if the fins cut him, he will land somewhere.

  2. Michael Jones says:

    Lerentee and Omarius are my sleepers. Hope they make it. Deonte and Frankie Hammond too.

    I also wouldn’t mind seeing last year’s class of receivers get a little vindication. I don’t believe that they were as bad as advertised. There were other factors. . position coach issues, yet another new OC with a new and complicated system, very conservative offensive philosophy and play calling, issues with protection, and a talented but very young and inexperienced QB going against SEC defenses all factored into the productivity (or lack thereof) in the passing game.

    The fact that there are 3 receivers (counting Reed) from last year’s squad even being given a shot to make an NFL team (and Dunbar, a starter last year, is still playing for the Gators) suggests that maybe our receiving corps weren’t so untalented after all last year.

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