Former Gators in the NFL: 2014 Preseason Week 3

The 2014 NFL preseason continued with 46 former Florida Gators spread out over 23 of the 32 teams in the league.

Fifteen teams have multiple Florida players on their rosters including Miami and Tampa Bay (four each); Baltimore, Indianapolis and Philadelphia (three each); and Buffalo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Kansas City, Minnesota, N.Y. Jets, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Washington (two each).

Below are full game statistics for all 36 players that saw action along with select updates on some Gators during the third week of the preseason.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

DE JAYE HOWARD, Kansas City Chiefs: Started | solo tackle, sack, forced fumble (safety)

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

ARIZONA CARDINALS
OT Max Starks: Played as a reserve
» Starks was cut Monday afternoon by Arizona.

BALTIMORE RAVENS
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.
WR Deonte Thompson: Reception for 21 yards, touchdown; kickoff return for 14 yards

BUFFALO BILLS
DT Damien Jacobs*: Solo tackle for loss
» Jacobs was cut Monday morning by Buffalo.
LB Brandon Spikes: Started | six tackles [team-high] (four solo, one for loss), pass defense

CHICAGO BEARS
LB Jon Bostic: Started | three tackles (two solo)

CINCINNATI BENGALS
DE Carlos Dunlap: Started
S Reggie Nelson: Started | pass defense

CLEVELAND BROWNS
QB Rex Grossman: Did not play
» Grossman was signed by Cleveland last week after its first preseason game.
CB Joe Haden: Did not play/injured (foot)

DALLAS COWBOYS
DE Jeremy Mincey: Started | solo tackle, QB hit
» Mincey is the first player out of UF on Dallas’s roster since 2002 (Emmitt Smith).

DENVER BRONCOS
WR Andre Caldwell: Two receptions for 18 yards (long: 10)
LB Lerentee McCray: Tackle
» McCray missed his entire rookie season in 2013 with an ankle injury.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
C Jonotthan Harrison*: Started
OT Xavier Nixon: Did not play/injured (knee)
» Nixon had a knee scope two weeks ago and is expected to miss one more weeks.
CB Loucheiz Purifoy*: Tackle; punt return for -1 yard

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
S Josh Evans: Three tackles (one solo)

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
WR Frankie Hammond, Jr.: Two receptions for 23 yards (target: 4, long: 12); solo tackle
» Hammond spent his rookie year in 2013 on Kansas City’s practice squad.
DE Jaye Howard: Started | solo tackle, sack, forced fumble (safety)

MIAMI DOLPHINS
RB Mike Gillislee: Did not play/injured (hamstring)
LB Jelani Jenkins: Two solo tackles
C Mike Pouncey: Physically Unable to Perform (hip)
K Caleb Sturgis: Did not play/injured (groin)

MINNESOTA VIKINGS
DT Sharrif Floyd: Started
DE Justin Trattou: Tackle, 0.5 sack, QB hit

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DT Dominique Easley*: Did not play/precautionary (ACL)
» 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*: Six tackles (four solo, one for loss) [team-highs]

NEW YORK JETS
DE Jermaine Cunningham: Injured Reserve (ACL – season)
WR David Nelson: Started | reception for 25 yards

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
TE Trey Burton*: Two receptions for 37 yards (long: 25)
WR Riley Cooper: Started | three receptions for 25 yards (targets: 5, long: 11)
DB Jaylen Watkins*: Solo tackle

PITTSBURGH STEELERS
OT Marcus Gilbert: Started
C Maurkice Pouncey: Started

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
DT Ray McDonald: Started | two tackles (one solo)

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
WR Percy Harvin: Started | three receptions for 61 yards (long: 25); kickoff return for 46 yards

ST. LOUIS RAMS
CB Janoris Jenkins: Started
CB Marcus Roberson*: Three tackles (two solo), fumble recovery

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
RB Jeff Demps: 11 carries for 26 yards (long: 8); target
» 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: Reception for 12 yards
WR Solomon Patton*: Two kickoff returns for 55 yards (long: 28); two punt returns for eight yards (long: 8)
S Major Wright: Did not play/injured (back)

WASHINGTON
OL Maurice Hurt: Played as a reserve
TE Jordan Reed: Started | reception for seven yards
» 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, P Chas Henry, RB Chris Rainey, QB Tim Tebow
Rookies: LB Darrin Kitchens*, OL Kyle Koehne*

* Rookie

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2 Responses to “Former Gators in the NFL: 2014 Preseason Week 3”

  1. Dave Massey says:

    You keep worse hours than I do, lol.

  2. Kerwin4two says:

    Great comprehensive list, Adam. Only addition I would add is that Jaye Howard caused a safety on his sack

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