FOUR BITS: Parsons, NFL cuts, Spikes, Floyd

1 » Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons did not make it through the last round of USA Basketball roster cuts ahead of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup this summer. He was widely was expected to make the 12-man roster, but ESPN.com reported Saturday that he was “unexpectedly squeezed out by [USA Basketball's] desire to field as big a team as possible.” Parsons appeared to express his disappointment with the decision by posting the below picture on Instagram. He also released this statement via Twitter: “Thankful for the opportunity to try and play for my country. A great experience I’ll never forget. Wish them nothing but the best of luck.”


2 » A pair of former Florida Gators were released by NFL franchises on Monday as teams cut down their rosters to 75 players ahead of the fourth and final preseason game. Veteran offensive tackle Max Starks was shown the door by the Arizona Cardinals, while rookie defensive tackle Damien Jacobs was let go by the Buffalo Bills. Jacobs was one of two undrafted free agents out of Florida to sign with Buffalo this offseason; the Bills previously cut linebacker Darrin Kitchens after he suffered an injury in training camp. Though it may be difficult for an aging Starks to find a home, Jacobs should be able to find his way onto a practice squad, possibly in Buffalo. Expect more former Gators to be cut in the next week as teams trim their rosters down even further.

3 » Here’s Bills LB Brandon Spikes rocking a terrycloth Gators jersey bathrobe in the locker room. (Picture via Ben Volin of The Boston Globe.)


4 » Fans checking out the Minnesota Vikings this season will see a slightly smaller Sharrif Floyd than they are used to as the former Florida defensive tackle shed 30 pounds this offseason after giving up eating meat in March. “I’m feeling a lot better,” he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “It’s much easier on my knees. … I feel good and have confidence in my body weight.” In now at 300 pounds, Floyd hopes to reach his potential after somewhat underwhelming during his rookie campaign. He will enter the 2014 campaign as a starter along the line and plans to use his new agility to his advantage. “I just feel lighter,” he continued. “I feel healthier. I feel like I can last a lot longer in games and stuff like that. I feel great all-around as a player.”

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