Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Breakdown of 2015 preseason Weeks 3 and 4, cuts

By Adam Silverstein
September 7, 2015

The 2015 NFL preseason – and final cuts for teams – concluded Sunday with 38 former Florida Gators spread out over 21 of the 32 teams in the league.

Fifteen teams have multiple Florida players on their rosters entering the season including Denver and Pittsburgh (three each); Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Miami, Minnesota, Oakland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Washington (two each).

Below are full updates on all the players that were on NFL rosters over the final two weeks of the preseason.

OG Jon Halapio (Weeks 3 & 4): Played as a reserve
» Halapio was cut by the Cardinals on Saturday.
OT D.J. Humphries* (Weeks 3 & 4): Played as a reserve

QB Rex Grossman (Weeks 4): 4/9 for 41 yards; one carry for -1 yard
» Grossman was cut by the Falcons on Friday.

S Will Hill (Week 3): Two solo tackles (one for loss)

WR Percy Harvin (Weeks 3 & 4): Did not play (injured: hip)
WR Deonte Thompson (Weeks 3 & 4): Did not record statistics

LB Jon Bostic (Week 3): Four tackles (three solo)

DE Carlos Dunlap (Week 3): Two solo tackles (one for loss), sack, two QB hits
S Reggie Nelson (Week 3): Two tackles

CB Joe Haden (Week 3): Did not record statistics

OT Chaz Green* (Weeks 3 & 4): Did not play (injured: hip)
» Green had surgery in June and was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list; he could return as early as Week 8.
DE Jeremy Mincey (Week 3): Played as a reserve

WR Andre Caldwell (Week 3): Reception for 18 yards
WR Andre Caldwell (Week 4): Two receptions for 85 yards [team-high] (long: 78), touchdown
C/G Max Garcia* (Weeks 3 & 4): Played as a reserve
LB Lerentee McCray (Week 3): Did not record statistics
WR Solomon Patton (Week 3): Did not record statistics
» Patton was cut by the Broncos on Aug. 28.

C Jonotthan Harrison (Week 3): Played as a reserve

S Josh Evans (Week 3): Two solo tackles
S Josh Evans (Week 4): Seven tackles (three solo)

WR Frankie Hammond Jr. (Week 3): Four receptions for 39 yards (long: 15); two punt returns for 38 yards (long: 25)
WR Frankie Hammond Jr. (Week 4): Reception for five yards; punt return for no gain
DT Jaye Howard (Week 3): Solo tackle

LB Jelani Jenkins (Week 3): Three solo tackles (one for loss), sack, QB hit
RB Mike Gillislee (Week 3): Four carries for 13 yards (long: 5)
RB Mike Gillislee (Week 4): 17 carries for 69 yards [team-highs] (long: 14), two touchdowns, fumble (recovered); reception for 12 yards
» Gillislee was cut by the Dolphins on Saturday, added to the Falcons’ practice squad on Sunday.
C Mike Pouncey (Week 3): Started at center
K Caleb Sturgis (Week 3): 1/1 on extra points
» Sturgis was cut by the Dolphins on Saturday.

DT Sharrif Floyd (Week 3): Did not record statistics
DE Justin Trattou (Week 4): Four tackles (two solo, one for loss)

DT Dominique Easley (Week 3): Three sacks (two solo for loss), sack, 2 QB hits

LB Ronald Powell* (Weeks 3 & 4): Did not play (injured: undisclosed)
» Powell was cut by the Saints.

LB Neiron Ball* (Week 3): Solo tackle
LB Neiron Ball* (Week 4): Three solo tackles (one for loss), sack, QB hit
DT Leon Orr* (Week 4): QB hit
» Orr was cut by the Raiders on Saturday, added to the Raiders’ practice squad on Sunday.

TE Trey Burton (Week 3): Four receptions for 21 yards (long: 7), two touchdowns
TE Trey Burton (Week 4): Reception for 21 yards
WR Riley Cooper (Weeks 3): Did not record statistics
» Cooper did not catch a ball this preseason.
QB Tim Tebow (Week 3): 2/2 for 15 yards; three carries for four yards, fumble (recovered)
QB Tim Tebow (Week 4): 11/17 for 189 yards, two touchdowns, interception; four carries for 32 yards
» Tebow was cut by the Eagles on Saturday.
DB Jaylen Watkins (Week 3): Two solo tackles, pass defense
DB Jaylen Watkins (Week 4): Three tackles (two solo), pass defense
» Watkins was cut by the Eagles on Saturday, added to the Bills’ practice squad on Sunday.

OT Marcus Gilbert (Week 3): Started at right tackle
C Maurkice Pouncey (Weeks 3 & 4): Did not play (injured: ankle)
» Pouncey fractured his ankle and was placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list. He can return as early as Week 9.

OT Trenton Brown* (Weeks 3 & 4): Played as a reserve

CB Janoris Jenkins (Week 3): Three solo tackles, pass defense
CB Marcus Roberson (Week 3): Solo tackle, pass defense
CB Marcus Roberson (Week 4): Three tackles (two solo), two pass defenses

WR Louis Murphy (Week 3): Two receptions for 26 yards (long: 22)
S Major Wright (Week 4): Three tackles (two solo), pass defense

TE Tevin Westbrook* (Week 3): Did not record statistics
» Westbrook was cut by the Titans on Sept. 1.

RB Mack Brown* (Week 3): Five carries for seven yards (long: 3); fumble (recovered)
RB Mack Brown* (Week 4): 13 carries for 48 yards [team-high] (long: 8), touchdown; two receptions for 16 yards (long: 9)
» Brown was cut by Washington on Saturday.
CB Quinton Dunbar* (Week 4): Six tackles (four solo) [team-highs]
» Dunbar was cut by Washington on Saturday, added to Washington’s practice squad on Sunday.
RB Matt Jones* (Week 3): Seven carries for 57 yards [team-high] (long: 18); reception for 17 yards
TE Jordan Reed (Week 3): Two receptions for 21 yards (long: 13)

RB Mike Gillislee (Atlanta), DT Leon Orr (Oakland), DB Jaylen Watkins (Buffalo)

WR Andre Debose (Oakland, Achilles), S Matt Elam (Baltimore, torn biceps), DE Dante Fowler Jr.* (Jacksonville, ACL), WR David Nelson (Pittsburgh, undisclosed)

S Ahmad Black, TE Clay Burton*, P Kyle Chrisy*, DE Jermaine Cunningham, RB Jeff Demps, P Chas Henry, OL Maurice Hurt, DT Ray McDonald, OT Xavier Nixon, CB Loucheiz Purifoy, RB Chris Rainey, LB Brandon Spikes, OT Max Starks

* Rookie


  1. Mark says:

    Pretty sure Deonte got cut by the Bills within the last few days too.

  2. Iamtheeggman says:

    It’s very true that the NFL stands for “not for long.” I doubt they do it, but college coaches should have a meeting each year with their team at this time to give them the cold hard facts about the reality of them having a lengthy career in the NFL. It should be emphasized that staying in school, and not leaving early, unless you are told you have a report from the NFL saying you will be drafted in the first couple of rounds, is the smart thing to do. Staying in school means more money, not less. It enhances your chance of being drafted earlier, which means more money over the more likely outcome of a short stay in the NFL. Staying in school to complete your education also enhances your prospects when you have to enter the real world and the end of an athletic career. Ronald Powell was the number one high school player in America. His cup of coffee in the NFL has likely ended. He had no business leaving early. But no one has ever associated football players with being smart, so I doubt even educating them about the sober reality of the NFL would make any difference.

    • Spuntly says:

      Hey Humpty Dumpty, there are a lot of players around college football who left too early. You always bring up negative crap about the sport and then use Gators as examples. And if you say anything positive, which is rare, you use FSU as an example. There is nothing you can type to discourage us here. This is Gator Country! But keep up your little weak pokes and jabs so we can enjoy behind reminded of what low class fans that school out west so consistently produces.
      There are success stories too… I didn’t think Jenali Jenkins was ready to leave UF when he declared, but he proved me wrong.

  3. Spuntly says:

    Enjoy BEING reminded….