Former Florida Gators in the NFL: 2014 Week 13

By Adam Silverstein
December 2, 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); 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 29 players (18 starters^) that saw action along with select status and injury updates on some Gators during the 13th week of the regular season.

^ Kickers and returners not counted as starters.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Started | solo tackle, two pass defenses, interception; blocked field goal
» Haden has nabbed an interception in three-straight games and also forced another the week preceding the start of his streak.
LB JELANI JENKINS, Miami Dolphins: Started | 16 tackles (eight solo, two for loss) [all team-highs], QB hit, pass defense
» Jenkins’s 16 tackles were a career-high and marked his third game with 14+ tackles this season.

PLAY OF THE WEEK

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


BALTIMORE RAVENS
S Matt Elam: Started | seven tackles (five solo), pass defense
S Will Hill: Started | five solo tackles (one for loss)

BUFFALO BILLS
LB Brandon Spikes: Started | five tackles (two solo)

CHICAGO BEARS
LB Jon Bostic: Started | 11 tackles (seven solo, one for loss)

CINCINNATI BENGALS
DE Carlos Dunlap: Started | seven tackles (five solo, three for loss), 0.5 sack, pass defense, QB hit [all team-highs]
S Reggie Nelson: Started | six tackles (five solo), pass defense

CLEVELAND BROWNS
CB Joe Haden: Started | solo tackle, two pass defenses, interception; blocked field goal
» Haden has nabbed an interception in three-straight games and also forced another the week preceding the start of his streak.

DALLAS COWBOYS
DE Jeremy Mincey: Started | three solo tackles (one for loss), fumble recovery

DENVER BRONCOS
WR Andre Caldwell: Target
LB Lerentee McCray: Played as a reserve

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
C Jonotthan Harrison*: Started at center, fumble (not lost)
OT Xavier Nixon: Inactive

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
S Josh Evans: Started | nine tackles (six solo, one for loss)

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
WR Frankie Hammond Jr.: Played as a reserve
DE Jaye Howard: Started | five solo tackles (one for loss)

MIAMI DOLPHINS
LB Jelani Jenkins: Started | 16 tackles (eight solo, two for loss) [all team-highs], QB hit, pass defense
» Jenkins’s 16 tackles were a career-high and marked his third game with 14+ tackles this season.
C Mike Pouncey: Started at right guard, also played center
K Caleb Sturgis: 3/4 on field goals (made: 43, 44, 26; missed: 42); 1/1 on extra points

MINNESOTA VIKINGS
DT Sharrif Floyd: Solo tackle for loss, sack, QB hit, Gator Chomp

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

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
LB Ronald Powell*: Tackle

NEW YORK JETS
WR Percy Harvin: Started | reception for six yards (targets: 3); six carries for 27 yards (long: 9)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
TE Trey Burton*: Played as a reserve
WR Riley Cooper: Started | four receptions for 32 yards (targets: 7, long: 10)
DB Jaylen Watkins*: Inactive

PITTSBURGH STEELERS
OT Marcus Gilbert: Inactive
C Maurkice Pouncey: Started at center

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
DT Ray McDonald: Started

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
CB Loucheiz Purifoy*: Not yet on roster
» Purifoy was cut by Indianapolis this week and claimed off waivers by Seattle. On Monday, the Seahawks cut Purifoy after he failed his physical with the team.

ST. LOUIS RAMS
CB Janoris Jenkins: Started | two solo tackles
CB Marcus Roberson*: Inactive/injured (ankle)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
WR Louis Murphy: Reception for seven yards (targets: 5)
S Major Wright: Active (did not play)

WASHINGTON
TE Jordan Reed: Nine receptions for 123 yards (targets: 11, long: 30) [all team-highs]

PRACTICE SQUAD
WR Solomon Patton (Arizona), WR Deonte Thompson (Baltimore), DE Justin Trattou (Minnesota)

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, CB Loucheiz Purifoy*, WR David Nelson, RB Chris Rainey, OT Max Starks, QB Tim Tebow
Rookies: OG Jon Halapio*, DT Damien Jacobs*, LB Darrin Kitchens*, OL Kyle Koehne*

* Rookie

One Comment

  1. scroud says:

    Was really surprised to see Pourifoy had been cut. The IndyStar is stating “The decision to waive Purifoy, who was replaced on the roster by journeyman cornerback Jalil Brown, was the result of a string of minor, in-house disciplinary issues, according to an NFL source.”
    This guy was at one time projected to be a first round pick. I hope for his sake he can get his head together. Wonder why he failed the physical, hopefully not because of cannabis.
    I’m not sure Matt Jones is making the right decision either, although with his previous injuries perhaps he thinks it is his best chance. I hope he can make a roster, he gave it his all at Florida and I wish him the best, we will miss him next year.

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