Florida Gators in the NFL: 2016 — Week 2 recap, stats

By Adam Silverstein
September 20, 2016
Florida Gators in the NFL: 2016 — Week 2 recap, stats
Football

Image Credit: ESPNI

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

Arizona Cardinals
OT D.J. Humphries: Started

Atlanta Falcons
S Keanu Neal*: Inactive — injured (knee)
CB Brian Poole:* Five tackles (three solo)

Buffalo Bills
RB Mike Gillislee: Reception for 18 yards, touchdown
LB Lerentee McCray: Tackle
LB Brandon Spikes: Inactive — coach’s decision

Chicago Bears
DT Jonathan Bullard*: Solo tackle
WR Deonte Thompson: Two kick returns for 42 yards (long: 23)

Cincinnati Bengals
DE Carlos Dunlap: Started | Five tackles (three solo, one for loss)
QB Jeff Driskel*: Inactive — coach’s decision

Cleveland Browns
CB Joe Haden: Started | Four tackles (three solo), four pass defenses, two interceptions; punt return for 13 yards

Dallas Cowboys
OT Chaz Green: Played as a reserve

Denver Broncos
OG Max Garcia: Started

Indianapolis Colts
C Jonotthan Harrison: Played as a reserve
LB Antonio Morrison*: Played as a reserve

Jacksonville Jaguars
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)

Miami Dolphins
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)

Minnesota Vikings
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)

Oakland Raiders
S Reggie Nelson: Started | 12 tackles (10 solo) [team-highs]

Philadelphia Eagles
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

Pittsburgh Steelers
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

Washington
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]


Practice squad
WR Frankie Hammond Jr. (Kansas City), TE Jake McGee* (San Diego), CB Marcus Roberson (Buffalo), RB Kelvin Taylor* (San Francisco)

Inured reserve
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

4 Comments

  1. CG says:

    Why do we mention Driskel but not Jacoby?

    • Driskel started multiple seasons at Florida and left as a graduate transfer. Brissett did not. Same reason Janoris Jenkins is on there (started three seasons, was suspended) but not Cam Newton (barely played, transferred).

      • CG says:

        Gotcha. Just wasn’t sure the requirements you were using. I wasn’t sure if you were using a ‘started at Florida’ metric (i.e. Brissett did, Cam did not) or what you were doing. Not that I consider him a Gator, just with some transfers on and some not, was confused. Keep up the good work, Adam!

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