Former Florida Gators in the NFL: 2014 Week 3

By Adam Silverstein
September 23, 2014

The 2014 NFL regular season continued this week with 37 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); Philadelphia (three); and Baltimore, Cincinnati, Denver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, N.Y. Jets, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Tampa Bay (two each).

Below are full game statistics for all 30 players (13 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.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
LB JELANI JENKINS, Miami Dolphins: Started | 15 tackles (11 solo, one for loss), 1.5 sacks, two QB hits, safety [all team-highs]

PLAYS OF THE WEEK

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


BALTIMORE RAVENS
S Matt Elam: Started | two tackles (one solo)
S Will Hill: Did not play/suspension
» Hill will be suspended for three more games after being cited for substance abuse.

BUFFALO BILLS
LB Brandon Spikes: Three tackles

CHICAGO BEARS
LB Jon Bostic: Started | 13 tackles [team-high] (six solo), two pass defenses

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

CLEVELAND BROWNS
CB Joe Haden: Started | six tackles (five solo)

DALLAS COWBOYS
DE Jeremy Mincey: Started | two solo tackles

DENVER BRONCOS
WR Andre Caldwell: Played as a reserve
LB Lerentee McCray: Inactive/injured (knee)
» McCray is expected to miss one more week of action with his injury.

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

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
S Josh Evans: Three solo tackles

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
WR Frankie Hammond, Jr.: Five punt returns for 100 yards (long: 47)
DE Jaye Howard: QB hit

MIAMI DOLPHINS
LB Jelani Jenkins: Started | 15 tackles (11 solo, one for loss), 1.5 sacks, two QB hits, safety [all team-highs]
C Mike Pouncey: Inactive/injured (hip)
» Pouncey is expected to miss 2-4 more weeks of regular-season action.
K Caleb Sturgis: 2/3 on field goals (22, 51); 1/1 on extra points; solo tackle

MINNESOTA VIKINGS
DT Sharrif Floyd: Two solo tackles

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DT Dominique Easley*: Played as a reserve

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

NEW YORK JETS
WR David Nelson: Started | three receptions for 15 yards (targets: 7, long: 8), two fumbles (none lost)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
TE Trey Burton*: Solo tackle
WR Riley Cooper: Started | four receptions for 34 yards (targets: 7, long: 21)
DB Jaylen Watkins*: Played as a reserve
» Watkins saw his first NFL action (on special teams) after being listed as inactive the first two weeks with a hamstring injury.

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

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

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
WR Percy Harvin: Seven receptions [team-high] for 42 yards (targets; 9, long: 11); kickoff return for 13 yards; solo tackle

ST. LOUIS RAMS
CB Janoris Jenkins: Started | five solo tackles, pass defense, interception returned for touchdown (25 yards)
CB Marcus Roberson*: Played as a reserve

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
WR Solomon Patton*: Four kickoff returns for 78 yards (long: 21); punt return for nine yards
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), 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, WR Deonte Thompson, DE Justin Trattou
Rookies: OG Jon Halapio*, DT Damien Jacobs*, LB Darrin Kitchens*, OL Kyle Koehne*
» Rainey and Thompson were cut this week by the Cardinals and Ravens, respectively.

* Rookie

2 Comments

  1. one says:

    That David Nelson story is top notch. He’s a terrific, sincere, kind person.

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