The 2013 NFL regular season continued this week with 33 former Florida Gators spread out over 21 teams.
Eleven teams have multiple Florida players on their respective rosters including Miami (four); Washington (three); Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Indianapolis, N.Y. Giants, N.Y. Jets and Pittsburgh (two each).
Below are full game statistics for all 24 active players that participated this week along with select news updates on a number of Gators for the 15th week of the regular season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Denver Broncos: Six receptions for 59 yards [team-highs] (targets: 10, long: 15), two touchdowns
» Caldwell had a career night on Thursday, scoring two touchdowns in a single game for the first time as a professional. His six receptions were the most he’s grabbed in a contest since Sept. 25, 2011, and Caldwell’s 59 receiving yards were also the most he had in a game since Nov. 20, 2011.
Check out how the rest of the Gators in the NFL performed…after the break!
S MATT ELAM, Baltimore Ravens*: Started | 10 tackles (seven solo, one for loss) [team-highs], pass defense, interception (18-yard return)
» Elam’s pick came with less than 40 seconds remaining in the game and his team leading by two points. It consequently ended the game.
LB JON BOSTIC, Chicago Bears*: Started | five solo tackles (one for loss)
S MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Started | five tackles (four solo)
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Started | three solo tackles
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Started | seven tackles (five solo, one for loss), QB hit
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Started | five tackles (four solo), pass defense
OT XAVIER NIXON, Indianapolis Colts*: Played as a reserve
S JOSH EVANS, Jacksonville Jaguars*: Three tackles (two solo)
» Evans returned after missing one game with a shoulder injury.
DT JAYE HOWARD, Kansas City Chiefs: Played as a reserve
RB MIKE GILLISLEE, Miami Dolphins*: Played as a reserve
LB JELANI JENKINS, Miami Dolphins*: Two tackles
» Jenkins saw extensive action on defense for the first time this season.
C MIKE POUNCEY, Miami Dolphins: Started
K CALEB STURGIS, Miami Dolphins*: 1/1 on field goals (32 yards); 3/3 on extra points; solo tackle
» A botched snap on a fake field goal resulted in a turnover for Miami, but Sturgis made the tackle on the play.
DT SHARRIF FLOYD, Minnesota Vikings*: QB hit
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: Played as a reserve
S WILL HILL, New York Giants: Started | eight tackles (seven solo) [team-highs]
WR LOUIS MURPHY, New York Giants: Reception for seven yards
WR DAVID NELSON, New York Jets: Started | three receptions for 44 yards (targets: 4, long: 18)
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Started | four receptions for 29 yards (targets: 7, long: 13), two-point conversion; solo tackle
RT MARCUS GILBERT, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started
DT RAY McDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Started | tackle, pass defense, QB hit
CB JANORIS JENKINS, St. Louis Rams: Started | six solo tackles, two pass defenses
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins: Active
» Grossman was active for the first time this season.
BYE / INACTIVE / INJURED (9)
WR DEONTE THOMPSON, Baltimore Ravens: Inactive
LB LERENTEE McCRAY, Denver Broncos*: Injured – ankle (injured reserve)
RB CHRIS RAINEY, Indianapolis Colts: Injured – ankle (season)
DE JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM, New York Jets: Inactive
C MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers: Injured – torn ACL and MCL (season)
RB JEFF DEMPS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Injured – groin (season)
WR PERCY HARVIN, Seattle Seahawks: Injured – hip
OL MAURICE HURT, Washington Redskins: Injured – knee (PUP list)
TE JORDAN REED, Washington Redskins*: Injured – concussion
» Reed missed his fourth-straight game with post-concussion symptoms.
PRACTICE SQUAD (1)
WR Frankie Hammond, Jr.* (Kansas City)
NOTABLE FREE AGENTS
Veterans: S Ahmad Black, OG Cooper Carlisle, P Chas Henry, DE Jeremy Mincey, OT Max Starks, QB Tim Tebow, DE Justin Trattou
» Mincey was released by Jacksonville this week. He was suspended one game and listed as inactive the next for a violation of team rules but played last week.
Rookies: WR Omarius Hines*, DT Omar Hunter*, DE Earl Okine*