Former Florida Gators in the NFL: 2014 Week 2

By Adam Silverstein
September 15, 2014

The 2014 NFL regular season continued 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 29 players (16 starters^) that saw action along with select status and injury updates on some Gators during the second week of the regular season.

^ Kickers and returners not counted as starters.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
S JOSH EVANS, Jacksonville Jaguars: Started | 14 tackles (eight solo) [team-highs], pass defense
LB JELANI JENKINS, Miami Dolphins: Started | 14 tackles (nine solo, one for loss) [team-highs]

PLAYS OF THE WEEK

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


BALTIMORE RAVENS
S Matt Elam: Started | 10 tackles (five solo) [team-highs]
S Will Hill: Did not play/suspension
» Hill will be suspended for four more games after being cited for substance abuse.
WR Deonte Thompson: Inactive

BUFFALO BILLS
LB Brandon Spikes: Tackle

CHICAGO BEARS
LB Jon Bostic: Four tackles (three solo)

CINCINNATI BENGALS
DE Carlos Dunlap: Started | two tackles (one solo for loss), sack, five QB hits
S Reggie Nelson: Started | five tackles (three solo, one for loss), sack, QB hit, pass defense

CLEVELAND BROWNS
CB Joe Haden: Started | 10 tackles (six solo), pass defense

DALLAS COWBOYS
DE Jeremy Mincey: Started

DENVER BRONCOS
WR Andre Caldwell: Target; kickoff return for 45 yards
LB Lerentee McCray: Played as a reserve
» McCray suffered a right knee injury early Sunday when he was hit low. He did not return to the game and his status remains questionable going forward.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
C Jonotthan Harrison*: Inactive
CB Loucheiz Purifoy*: Played as a reserve

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
S Josh Evans: Started | 14 tackles (eight solo) [team-highs], pass defense

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
WR Frankie Hammond, Jr.: Kickoff return for 37 yards; two punt returns for two yards (long: 3)
DE Jaye Howard: Started | two tackles (one solo)

MIAMI DOLPHINS
LB Jelani Jenkins: Started | 14 tackles (nine solo, one for loss) [team-highs]
C Mike Pouncey: Inactive/injured (hip)
» Pouncey is expected to miss 3-5 more weeks of regular-season action.
K Caleb Sturgis: 1/1 on field goals (34 yards), 1/1 on extra points

MINNESOTA VIKINGS
DT Sharrif Floyd: Started | solo tackle

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DT Dominique Easley*: Pass defense, interception
» Easley registered his first career interception on Sunday.

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

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

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
TE Trey Burton*: Played as a reserve
WR Riley Cooper: Started | reception for eight yards (targets: 3)
DB Jaylen Watkins*: Inactive/injured (hamstring)

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

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

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
WR Percy Harvin: Started | reception for five yards; two carries for 45 yards, touchdown (51-yard run); fumble (lost); three kickoff returns for 68 yards (long: 30)

ST. LOUIS RAMS
CB Janoris Jenkins: Started | four solo tackles
CB Marcus Roberson*: Solo tackle

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
WR Solomon Patton*: Three kickoff returns for 71 yards (long: 25); punt return for no gain; fumble (recovered)
S Major Wright: Solo tackle

WASHINGTON
TE Jordan Reed: Inactive/injured (hamstring)
» Reed’s return date has not yet been determined.

PRACTICE SQUAD
RB Jeff Demps (Tampa Bay), RB Chris Rainey (Arizona), DE Justin Trattou (Minnesota)
» Rainey was signed by the Cardinals to their practice squad on Wednesday.

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, , OT Max Starks, QB Tim Tebow, DE Justin Trattou
Rookies: OG Jon Halapio*, DT Damien Jacobs*, LB Darrin Kitchens*, OL Kyle Koehne*

* Rookie

2 Comments

  1. Gatoralum88 says:

    Adam, I haven’t noticed a drop-off in your coverage since your announcement last week so I wanted to let you know I appreciate your effort. Don’t burn yourself out though if you’re “burning the candle on both ends”. Take care.

    • I was not necessarily alluding to a drop-off in coverage but more a re-arrangement of posting schedule. For example, Muschamp’s Monday press conferences are being broken down and published at night rather than around 2 p.m. Stories that would post at night are being scheduled for daytime so there is fresh content on the site at all times, etc.

      But it’s good to hear that you haven’t noticed a difference.

      I hope to bring 1-2 people on to help, but it’s hard to find the right people.

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