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); Philadelphia and Tampa Bay (three each); and Baltimore, Cincinnati, Denver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, N.Y. Jets, Pittsburgh and St. Louis (two each).
Below are full game statistics for all 27 players (22 starters^) that saw action along with select status and injury updates on some Gators during the fifth week of the regular season.
Three players were on their bye week.
^ Kickers and returners not counted as starters.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Started | four receptions for 33 yards (targets: 5, long: 33), touchdown
» Cooper caught his first touchdown of the season and did so over Janoris Jenkins.
PLAYS OF THE WEEK
Check out how the rest of the Gators in the NFL performed…after the break!
S Matt Elam: Started | two solo tackles
S Will Hill: Did not play/suspension
» Hill will be suspended for one more games after being cited for substance abuse.
LB Brandon Spikes: Started | six solo tackles [team-high], pass defense
LB Jon Bostic: Started | four tackles (two solo)
» Bostic injured his back in Sunday’s game.
DE Carlos Dunlap: Started | five tackles (two solo, one for loss)
S Reggie Nelson: Started | four tackles (two solo)
CB Joe Haden: Started | four tackles (two solo)
DE Jeremy Mincey: Started | tackle, QB hit
WR Andre Caldwell: Started | target
LB Lerentee McCray: Inactive/injured (knee)
C Jonotthan Harrison*: Started
» Harrison earned his first career NFL start on Sunday.
CB Loucheiz Purifoy*: Played as a reserve
S Josh Evans: Started | two solo tackles
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
WR Frankie Hammond Jr.: Played as a reserve
DE Jaye Howard: Started | three tackles (two solo)
LB Jelani Jenkins: Bye Week
C Mike Pouncey: Bye Week
» Pouncey may return in Week 6 coming off his hip injury.
K Caleb Sturgis: Bye Week
DT Sharrif Floyd: Started | two tackles (one solo for loss), sack, two QB hits
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DT Dominique Easley*: Started | tackle
» Easley earned his first career NFL start on Sunday night.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
LB Ronald Powell*: Inactive
NEW YORK JETS
WR David Nelson: Reception for nine yards (targets: 4); solo tackle
» Nelson injured his ankle in Week 4 but suited up to play Sunday. He struggled mightily in the contest and was originally listed as questionable for the game.
TE Trey Burton*: Played as a reserve
WR Riley Cooper: Started | four receptions for 33 yards (targets: 5, long: 33), touchdown
» Cooper caught his first touchdown of the season and did so over Janoris Jenkins. He had been struggling to this point in 2014. “If you’re going to be a receiver, you’d better catch the ball,” he said this week. “That’s always been one of my strengths. I’ve never been the fastest or the quickest. Obviously, I have to do something, and catching has been it. I have to make [big] plays.”
DB Jaylen Watkins*: Inactive
OT Marcus Gilbert: Started
C Maurkice Pouncey: Started | solo tackle
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
DT Ray McDonald: Started | two tackles
WR Percy Harvin: Started | four receptions for 27 yards (targets: 5, long: 13); two carries for seven yards (long: 6)
» Harvin had three touchdowns called back due to penalties.
ST. LOUIS RAMS
CB Janoris Jenkins: Started | two solo tackles, pass defense
» Jenkins gave up a touchdown to Cooper on Sunday.
CB Marcus Roberson*: Played as a reserve
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
WR Louis Murphy: Started | three receptions for 35 yards (targets: 7, long: 20), touchdown, fumble (not lost)
» Murphy started his first game and caught his first touchdown of the season. He was also flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct (inappropriate language) during the game.
WR Solomon Patton*: Three kickoff returns for 75 yards (long: 28); punt return for 11 yards
S Major Wright: Started | four solo tackles, pass defense
TE Jordan Reed: Inactive/injured (hamstring)
» Reed’s return date has not yet been determined.
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, QB Rex Grossman, P Chas Henry, OL Maurice Hurt, RB Chris Rainey, OT Max Starks, QB Tim Tebow, WR Deonte Thompson
Rookies: OG Jon Halapio*, DT Damien Jacobs*, LB Darrin Kitchens*, OL Kyle Koehne*