FOUR BITS: Spikes, Murphy, Wright, Tebow

1 » Linebacker Brandon Spikes became the third former Florida Gators football player to find a new home this offseason when he agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million contract with the Buffalo Bills in late March. Spikes is guaranteed just $900,000 (his signing bonus) as part of the deal, which has a base salary of $1.25 million and an additional $1.1 million available via bonuses. he can also earn up to $250,000 through incentives. Though Spikes was a favorite of New England owner Robert Kraft, he did not enjoy his time with the Patriots. Especially bothersome to Spikes was the fact that he played injured the entire 2013 season and was suddenly placed on injury reserve before a playoff game despite not suffering a setback. Now Spikes will be able to go head-to-head with his former team as he is on another squad in the AFC East.

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FOUR BITS: Caldwell, Mincey, Spikes, Roper

1 » Former Florida Gators wide receiver Andre Caldwell re-signed with the Denver Broncos on Tuesday, inking a two-year deal worth a maximum of $3.45 million to remain with the team. Caldwell was signed by Denver in 2012 when the Broncos signed quarterback Peyton manning and was not given the opportunity accomplish much his first season. Last year, Caldwell only caught five passes through the first 14 weeks before exploding on Dec. 2, 2013 with six receptions for 59 yards and his team’s only two touchdowns in a 27-20 loss to San Diego. He caught 12 passes over the final five games and was held without a reception in Super Bowl XLVIII. With Denver not expected to re-sign WR Eric Decker, Caldwell could have a greater opportunity to contribute in 2014.

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Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Week 5 (2013)

The 2013 NFL regular season continued this week with 34 former Florida Gators spread out over 19 teams. Ten teams have multiple Florida players on their roster including Miami (four); N.Y. Giants and Washington (three); Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh and San Francisco (two).

Below are full game statistics for all 19 active players that participated this week along with select news updates on a number of Gators for the fourth week of the regular season.

* Rookie

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: Started | 12 tackles [team-high] (seven solo, two for loss), pass defense, interception (three-yard return) [Video]

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FOUR BITS: NFL, Donovan, Mooney, Parsons

1 » The names of a few former Florida Gators popped up on the NFL transaction wire this week. Defensive end Jermaine Cunningham and wide receiver David Nelson were signed by the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets, respectively, on Tuesday. Cunningham was released by the New England Patriots after never even suiting up for the team during the offseason, and Nelson was cut by the Cleveland Browns after his knee flared up during the preseason.

On the other side of the coin, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived safety Ahmad Black (who started for them this season), and the St. Louis Rams cut offensive tackle Max Starks, who was signed just two weeks ago.

2 » ESPN’s Andy Kats noted on Wednesday that Gators head coach Billy Donovan has decided not to take advantage of the NCAA pushing up the start of basketball practice and will instead begin Florida workouts on Friday, Oct. 11. He opines that the move is being made to give senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin extra time to get back in the team’s good graces. Though that may have an ounce of truth to it, the actuality is Donovan would prefer to have his team practice more in a shorter period of time rather than three total hours per week over an additional month. “[He] likes to hold double sessions over weekends and you only have 30 practices over 42 days before [the] season opener,” correctly noted The Gainesville Sun’s Kevin Brockway.

3 » Grabbing a recruit three years before he graduates high school is a risky proposition, but it sounds like the Gators’ latest basketball pledge is in for the long haul. 2016 power forward John Mooney (Altamonte Springs, FL) committed to Florida on Saturday, the school he has always wanted to attend. “I don’t see this being an Austin Rivers situation at all,” Mooney’s head coach at Lake Brantley High School, Mike Cuff, told Brockway. Cuff also said Mooney averaged a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds as a freshman on varsity despite only taking 6-7 shots per game. Brockway also spoke with Mooney’s Nike Team Florida coach Tom Topping, who noted that the player “projects as one of the better basketball players in his class,” something that is “not just my opinion.”

4 » Grantland.com’s Juliet Litman takes a closer look at Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons and his incredibly busy summer, which she concludes is an “aggressive attempt to become a famous athlete/fashion icon,” something she personally finds “strangely endearing.” OnlyGators.com will be speaking with Parsons prior to the start of the 2013-14 NBA season.

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Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Week 4 (2013)

The 2013 NFL regular season continued this week with 34 former Florida Gators spread out over 16 teams. Ten teams have multiple Florida players on their roster including Miami (four); N.Y. Giants and Washington (three); Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay (two).

Below are full game statistics for all 23 active players that participated this week along with select news updates on a number of Gators for the fourth week of the regular season.

* Rookie

Co-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Started | four tackles (three solo, two for loss), 1.5 sacks, two QB hits, blocked kick
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Started | four solo tackles, two pass defenses

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Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Week 3 (2013)

The 2013 NFL regular season continued this week with 32 former Florida Gators spread out over 16 teams. Ten teams have multiple Florida players on their roster including Miami (four); N.Y. Giants and Washington (three); Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay (two).

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 third week of the regular season.

* Rookie

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
S MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Started | seven tackles (six solo), pass defense, 38-yard interception return for touchdown [Video], forced fumble [Video]

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Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Week 2 (2013)

The 2013 NFL regular season continued this week with 32 former Florida Gators spread out over 16 teams. Ten teams have multiple Florida players on their roster including Miami (four); N.Y. Giants and Washington (three); Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay (two).

Below are full game statistics for all 22 active players that participated this week along with select news updates on a number of Gators for the second week of the regular season.

* Rookie

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Started | tackle, pass defense, interception
» Nelson’s pick came on a fourth-quarter drive by Pittsburgh. The Steelers were in Bengals territory and threatening to score while only down 10 points.

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Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Week 1 (2013)

The 2013 NFL regular season began this week with 32 former Florida Gators spread out over 16 teams. Ten teams have multiple Florida players on their roster including Miami (four); N.Y. Giants and Washington (three); Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay (two).

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 first week of the regular season.

* Rookie

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
K CALEB STURGIS, Miami Dolphins*: Started; 3/3 on field goals (long: 49, 45, 39); 2/2 on extra points
» Still has not missed a field goal after going 9/9 in the preseason.

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