Former Gators in the NFL: 2014 Week 16 & 17

By Adam Silverstein
December 29, 2014

The 2014 NFL regular season concluded this week with 36 former Florida Gators spread out over 20 of the 32 teams in the league.

Twelve teams had multiple Florida players on their rosters including Miami (four); Philadelphia and Tampa Bay (three each); and Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Denver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, N.Y. Jets, Pittsburgh and St. Louis (two each).

Below are full game statistics for all 26 players (16 starters^) that saw action along with select status and injury updates on some Gators during the 16th week of the regular season as well as the same information for all 29 players (15 starters^) that were active in Week 17.

Eight former Gators advanced to the postseason. Florida is represented on seven of the 12 teams that moved on to the 2014 NFL Playoffs.

^ Kickers and returners not counted as starters.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK (16)
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Started | five receptions for 53 yards (target: 7, long: 16), two touchdowns

PLAYS OF THE WEEK (16)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK (17)
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Started | three solo tackles, pass defense, interception (-4 yard return)

PLAYS OF THE WEEK (17)

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


BALTIMORE RAVENS
Week 16
S Matt Elam: Solo tackle
S Will Hill: Started | eight tackles (six solo, one for loss)

Week 17
S Matt Elam: Solo tackle, pass defense
S Will Hill: Started | three tackles (one solo, pass defense)

BUFFALO BILLS
Week 16
LB Brandon Spikes: Started | six tackles (four solo, two for loss), pass defense
WR Deonte Thompson: Inactive

Week 17
LB Brandon Spikes: Played as a reserve
WR Deonte Thompson: Played as a reserve

CHICAGO BEARS
Week 16
LB Jon Bostic: Started | six solo tackles (one for loss)

Week 17
LB Jon Bostic: Started | 10 tackles (six solo, one for loss)

CINCINNATI BENGALS
Week 16
DE Carlos Dunlap: Started | four tackles (two solo, one for loss), sack, four QB hits
S Reggie Nelson: Started | five solo tackles (one for loss), pass defense

Week 17
DE Carlos Dunlap: Started | two tackles (one solo for loss), pass defense
S Reggie Nelson: Started | three solo tackles, pass defense, interception (-4 yard return)

CLEVELAND BROWNS
Week 16
CB Joe Haden: Inactive/injured (shoulder)

Week 17
CB Joe Haden: Started | four tackles (three solo), three pass defenses

DALLAS COWBOYS
Week 16
DE Jeremy Mincey: Started | two solo tackles (one for loss)

Week 17
DE Jeremy Mincey: Started | six tackles (three solo, two for loss), sack, QB hit

DENVER BRONCOS
Week 16
WR Andre Caldwell: Two solo tackles
LB Lerentee McCray: Solo tackles

Week 17
WR Andre Caldwell: Target; two solo tackles
LB Lerentee McCray: Two tackles (one solo), sack

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Week 16
C Jonotthan Harrison*: Played as a reserve
OT Xavier Nixon: Started at right tackle

Week 17
C Jonotthan Harrison*: Played as a reserve
OT Xavier Nixon: Played as a reserve

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Week 16
S Josh Evans: Started | four tackles (two solo), pass defense

Week 17
S Josh Evans: Started | six tackles (two solo)

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Week 16
WR Frankie Hammond Jr.: Played as a reserve
DE Jaye Howard: Started | two tackles (one solo), QB hit

Week 17
WR Frankie Hammond Jr.: Played as a reserve
DE Jaye Howard: Started | solo tackle for loss

MIAMI DOLPHINS
Week 16
LB Jelani Jenkins: Started | six tackles (five solo)
C Mike Pouncey: Started at right guard
K Caleb Sturgis: 0/1 on field goals (miss: 56); 5/5 on extra points

Week 17
LB Jelani Jenkins: Started | five tackles (four solo, one for loss)
C Mike Pouncey: Started at right guard
K Caleb Sturgis: 1/2 on field goals (made: 37, missed: 53); 3/3 on extra points

MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Week 16
DT Sharrif Floyd: Started | three solo tackles (one for loss)

Week 17
DT Sharrif Floyd: Started | three tackles (one solo for loss), pass defense, QB hit

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Week 16 & 17
LB Ronald Powell*: Played as a reserve

NEW YORK JETS
Week 16
WR Percy Harvin: Started | four receptions for 44 yards (targets: 5, long: 25); two carries for one yard; kick return for 19 yards

Week 17
WR Percy Harvin: Inactive/injured (ribs)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Week 16
TE Trey Burton*: Played as a reserve
WR Riley Cooper: Started | five receptions for 53 yards (target: 7, long: 16), two touchdowns
» Sunday was the third multi-touchdown game of Cooper’s career.
DB Jaylen Watkins*: Active (did not play)

Week 17
TE Trey Burton*: 27-yard return touchdown (off blocked punt)
» The return touchdown is the first of Burton’s NFL career.
WR Riley Cooper: Started | Two receptions for 37 yards (targets: 3, long: 22)
DB Jaylen Watkins*: Two solo tackles, pass defense

PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Week 16
OT Marcus Gilbert: Started at right tackle
C Maurkice Pouncey: Started at center

Week 17
OT Marcus Gilbert: Started at right tackle
C Maurkice Pouncey: Started at center; reception for no gain

ST. LOUIS RAMS
Week 16
CB Janoris Jenkins: Started | three solo tackles
CB Marcus Roberson*: Inactive

Week 17
CB Janoris Jenkins: Started | two solo tackles
CB Marcus Roberson*: Four tackles (three solo), pass defense, interception (18-yard return)
» The interception was the first of Roberson’s career.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Week 16 & 17
WR Solomon Patton: Inactive

WASHINGTON
Week 16
TE Jordan Reed: Two receptions for five yards (targets: 4, long: 4)

Week 17
TE Jordan Reed: Nine receptions [team-high] for 70 yards (targets: 10, long: 16), fumble lost

PRACTICE SQUAD
OG Jon Halapio (Denver), DE Justin Trattou (Minnesota)

INJURED RESERVE (SEASON)
DE Jermaine Cunningham (N.Y. Jets, ACL), DT Dominique Easley (New England, knee), RB Mike Gillislee (Miami, hamstring), WR Louis Murphy (Tampa Bay, ankle), S Major Wright (Tampa Bay, ribs)

NOTABLE FREE AGENTS
S Ahmad Black, RB Jeff Demps, QB Rex Grossman, P Chas Henry, OL Maurice Hurt, DT Ray McDonald, WR David Nelson, CB Loucheiz Purifoy*, RB Chris Rainey, OT Max Starks, QB Tim Tebow

* Rookie

One Comment

  1. Daniel M. says:

    Great write up. I was looking for Tebow’s stats…..

    Trey Burton sighting? Wow. I had no idea he went to the NFL (probably because I don’t watch the NFL). He looks a solid 30 pounds heavier. That’s some kind of special ointment that the trainers give the players. Good luck to Trey Burton.

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