Former Florida Gators in the NFL: 2014 Week 1

By Adam Silverstein
September 8, 2014

The 2014 NFL regular season began this week with 38 former Florida Gators spread out over 22 of the 32 teams in the league.

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

Below are full game statistics for all 31 players (14 starters^) that saw action along with select status and injury updates on some Gators during the first week of the regular season.

^ Kickers and returners not counted as starters.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
WR PERCY HARVIN, Seattle Seahawks: Started | seven receptions for 59 yards (long: 33) [team-highs]; four carries for 41 yards (long: 16), fumble (recovered); three kickoff returns for 60 yards (long: 31)

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


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BALTIMORE RAVENS
S Matt Elam: Started | three tackles (one solo), pass defense
S Will Hill: Did not play/suspension
» Hill will be suspended for five more games after being cited for substance abuse.
WR Deonte Thompson: Inactive

BUFFALO BILLS
LB Brandon Spikes: Six tackles (two solo, one for loss), sack, QB hit

CHICAGO BEARS
LB Jon Bostic: Three solo tackles

CINCINNATI BENGALS
DE Carlos Dunlap: Started | three tackles (two solo, one for loss), sack, QB hit
S Reggie Nelson: Started | 10 tackles (seven solo [team-high], one for loss), 0.5 sack, QB hit

CLEVELAND BROWNS
CB Joe Haden: Started | solo tackle

DALLAS COWBOYS
DE Jeremy Mincey: Started | 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 16 yards (targets: 5, long: 8), fumble (recovered)
LB Lerentee McCray: Solo tackle
» McCray missed his entire rookie season in 2013 with an ankle injury.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
C Jonotthan Harrison*: Played as a reserve
CB Loucheiz Purifoy*: Solo tackle, forced fumble

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

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
WR Frankie Hammond, Jr.: Started | reception for 22 yards (targets: 2); four punt returns for 47 yards (long: 30)
» Hammond, a practice squad player as an undrafted free agent rookie in 2013, started and played in his first professional game on Sunday.
DE Jaye Howard: Played as a reserve

MIAMI DOLPHINS
LB Jelani Jenkins: Six tackles (five solo [team-high])
C Mike Pouncey: Inactive/injured (hip)
» Pouncey is expected to miss 4-6 weeks of regular-season action.
K Caleb Sturgis: 4/4 on field goals (38, 24, 22, 27); 3/3 on extra points

MINNESOTA VIKINGS
DT Sharrif Floyd: Started | two solo tackles (one for loss)

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DT Dominique Easley*: Solo tackle
» Easley was active Sunday despite not playing for New England during the preseason.

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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
LB Ronald Powell*: Played as a reserve

NEW YORK JETS
WR David Nelson: Started | reception for 17 yards

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
TE Trey Burton*: Played as a reserve
WR Riley Cooper: Started | four receptions for 29 yards (targets: 7, long: 13)
DB Jaylen Watkins*: Inactive/injured (hamstring)

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

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
DT Ray McDonald: Started | three solo tackles
» McDonald played on Sunday despite being arrested last week for domestic violence.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
WR Percy Harvin: Started | seven receptions for 59 yards (long: 33) [team-highs]; four carries for 41 yards (long: 16), fumble (recovered); three kickoff returns for 60 yards (long: 31)

ST. LOUIS RAMS
CB Janoris Jenkins: Started | six solo tackles [team-high]
CB Marcus Roberson*: Played as a reserve

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
WR Solomon Patton*: Two kickoff returns for 52 yards (long; 27); four punt returns for 56 yards (long: 33)
» Patton opened the week on the Buccaneers’ practice squad but was signed to the active roster when the team cut former Florida WR Louis Murphy (back).
S Major Wright: Played as a reserve
» Wright was cut by Tampa Bay last weekend but re-signed before Week 1.

WASHINGTON
TE Jordan Reed: Reception for four yards
» Reed injured his hamstring in the first half and did not return to the game. He is expected to have an MRI on Monday, and the team will update his status after receiving the results.

PRACTICE SQUAD
RB Jeff Demps (Tampa Bay), DE Justin Trattou (Minnesota)

INJURED RESERVE (DESIGNATED TO RETURN)
OT Xavier Nixon (Indianapolis, knee)

INJURED RESERVE (SEASON)
DE Jermaine Cunningham (N.Y. Jets, ACL), RB Mike Gillislee (Miami, hamstring)

NOTABLE FREE AGENTS
Veterans: S Ahmad Black, RB Jeff Demps, QB Rex Grossman, P Chas Henry, OL Maurice Hurt, WR Louis Murphy, RB Chris Rainey, OT Max Starks, QB Tim Tebow, DE Justin Trattou
Rookies: OG Jon Halapio*, DT Damien Jacobs*, LB Darrin Kitchens*, OL Kyle Koehne*

* Rookie

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