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The 2016 NFL regular season began this week with 40 former Florida Gators on the main rosters of 23 of the 32 teams in the league.
Twelve teams have multiple Florida players on their rosters entering the season including Philadelphia (four); Buffalo and Washington (three each); and Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Miami, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Oakland and Tampa Bay (two each).
Of the 36 players on active rosters and not on injured reserve this week, 13 former Gators started and six were inactive (five due to injury).
Below are full updates on all the players on official NFL rosters.
* Denotes first-year player
OT D.J. Humphries: Started
S Keanu Neal*: Inactive — injured (knee)
CB Brian Poole:* Five tackles (three solo)
RB Mike Gillislee: Reception for 18 yards, touchdown
LB Lerentee McCray: Tackle
LB Brandon Spikes: Inactive — coach’s decision
DT Jonathan Bullard*: Solo tackle
WR Deonte Thompson: Two kick returns for 42 yards (long: 23)
DE Carlos Dunlap: Started | Five tackles (three solo, one for loss)
QB Jeff Driskel*: Inactive — coach’s decision
CB Joe Haden: Started | Four tackles (three solo), four pass defenses, two interceptions; punt return for 13 yards
OT Chaz Green: Played as a reserve
OG Max Garcia: Started
C Jonotthan Harrison: Played as a reserve
LB Antonio Morrison*: Played as a reserve
DE Dante Fowler Jr.: Six tackles (five solo, two for loss), two sacks, two QB hits
Kansas City Chiefs
DE Jaye Howard: Five tackles (four solo)
WR Demarcus Robinson: Tackle
Los Angeles Rams
DT Dominique Easley: Three tackles (one solo for loss)
LB Jelani Jenkins: Started | Five tackles (two solo, one for loss), pass defense
– Jenkins did not take a knee during the national anthem.
C Mike Pouncey: Inactive — injured (hip)
DT Sharrif Floyd: Inactive — injured (knee)
DE Justin Trattou: Played as a reserve
New York Giants
CB Janoris Jenkins: Started | Eight tackles (seven solo, one for loss), two pass defenses; special teams touchdown (blocked field goal return, 65 yards)
S Reggie Nelson: Started | 12 tackles (10 solo) [team-highs]
TE Trey Burton: Five receptions for 49 yards, touchdown [career-highs]
– Burton scored the first offensive touchdown of his career and doubled his career offensive statistics in this one game.
K Caleb Sturgis: 3/3 on field goals (long: 53), 2/2 on extra points
DB Jaylen Watkins: Played as a reserve
OT Marcus Gilbert: Started
C Maurkice Pouncey: Started
San Francisco 49ers
OT Trenton Brown: Started
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
CB Vernon Hargreaves III*: Started | Five solo tackles (one for loss)
WR Louis Murphy: Inactive — PUP list
CB Quinton Dunbar: Played as a reserve
RB Matt Jones: Started | 13 carries for 61 yards (long: 14), touchdown; reception for 4 yards
TE Jordan Reed: Started | Five receptions for 70 yards [team-high]
WR Frankie Hammond Jr. (Kansas City), TE Jake McGee* (San Diego), CB Marcus Roberson (Buffalo), RB Kelvin Taylor* (San Francisco)
LB Neiron Ball (Oakland, knee), LB Jon Bostic (Detroit, foot), S Matt Elam (Baltimore, knee), DE Alex McCalister* (Philadelphia, calf)
Notable free agents
WR Andre Caldwell, WR Andre Debose, WR Riley Cooper, S Josh Evans, WR David Nelson, DE Earl Okine, DT Leon Orr, DE Ronald Powell, S Major Wright
– Orr was added to the Miami practice squad on Tuesday.
Retired in 2015
WR Percy Harvin, DE Jeremy Mincey