Florida Gators in the NFL: Six advance to 2015-16 Conference Championship games

The 2015-16 NFL season has been an exciting one for former Florida Gators in the league, and it will continue during Conference Championship game action next week with six Gators representing three of the four teams hoping for an opportunity to play in Super Bowl 50.

Overall, 11 former Florida players were on the rosters of teams that played in Divisional Round games over the weekend. That’s down from the 18 that started the postseason on NFL rosters as seven were eliminated in the Wild Card Round.

Below is a look at the Gators moving on to the next round and those that have fallen along the way. Teams and players in blue have advanced to the Conference Championships.

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Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Breakdown of 2015 preseason Weeks 3 and 4, cuts

The 2015 NFL preseason – and final cuts for teams – concluded Sunday with 38 former Florida Gators spread out over 21 of the 32 teams in the league.

Fifteen teams have multiple Florida players on their rosters entering the season including Denver and Pittsburgh (three each); Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Miami, Minnesota, Oakland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Washington (two each).

Below are full updates on all the players that were on NFL rosters over the final two weeks of the preseason.

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4 NFL BITS: David Nelson signs with Steelers, Jaguars S Josh Evans gives inspirational speech

1 » Former Florida Gators wide receiver David Nelson – a five-year NFL veteran who had spent time in Buffalo, Cleveland and with the New York Jets – has been without a team since being waived by the Jets in mid-October after New York traded for his Florida teammate, WR Percy Harvin. On Wednesday, Nelson was finally picked up when the Pittsburgh Steelers signed him to a contract and reunited him with former Gators teammates center Maurkice Pouncey and right tackle Marcus Gilbert.

For Nelson, the Steelers signing comes nearly a month after he posted a deeply personal blog on his charity’s website. Asking, ‘Do I pursue my passion, or my heart?‘ Nelson explores how his i’mME charity changed his life but also made him a bit of an outsider in the NFL. “Since my release, there’s been hesitation to sign me to a contract, due largely to how I spend my free time [with my charity], even though it’s made me stronger – physically mentally, emotionally.” Nelson pointed out that “not one team” has said his talent was an issue; rather, “I’m hearing questions about my commitment because I’m outspoken about my nonprofit, and I do a lot to make it successful.”

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Former Florida Gators in the NFL: 2014 Week 7

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 26 players (17 starters^) that saw action along with select status and injury updates on some Gators during the seventh week of the regular season.

Six players were on their bye week.

^ Kickers and returners not counted as starters.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK / PLAY OF THE WEEK
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Started | five tackles (two solo, one for loss), sack, two QB hits, pass defense, fumble recovery

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FOUR BITS: Harvin, Nelson, Harrison, Haden

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1 » The trade of former Florida Gators wide receiver Percy Harvin – from the Seattle Seahawks to the New York Jets – was completed over the weekend in a transaction which you can read about in full by clicking here. However, since the trade was first reported on Friday, there has been plenty of fallout from the situation, most of it centering on Harvin and his alleged anger-management issues.

According to CBSSports.com‘s Jason La Canfora, Harvin was a “pain in the ass,” who was not a fit for the organization “on a lot of levels,” and the situation did not “look like it was going to get better. Per The Seattle Times: “Harvin had gotten into an altercation with former Seahawks Golden Tate before the Super Bowl that resulted in Tate getting a black eye. A source also said Harvin had an altercation with Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin in the week leading up to the final exhibition game this August at Oakland that resulted in Baldwin getting a cut on his chin and each player being excused from practices that week. … One final straw, a league source said, came in [last] Sunday’s 30-23 loss to Dallas when Harvin apparently balked at going back into the game in the fourth quarter.”

The Seahawks, which are also looking to clear cap space in preparation to re-sign quarterback Russell Wilson, believe they will be able to get along just fine without Harvin, just like they did last season when they won the league’s title. Multiple Seattle players were reportedly angry about management’s decision, namely star running back Marshawn Lynch. Former teammates, including QB Brett Favre, have come to Havin’s defense. Favre called Harvin, who he played with as a member of the Minnesota Vikings, “a good guy in the locker room” despite being “a little combative … in a good way” because “Percy’s all about doing whatever he can to help you win. He’s tough as nails and really that’s all he cares about. … I liked him as a player and a person.”

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Former Florida Gators in the NFL: 2014 Week 5

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


Please ignore the second clip. Trey Burton did not block the punt.

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Former Florida Gators in the NFL: 2014 Week 4

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 23 players (13 starters^) that saw action along with select status and injury updates on some Gators during the fourth week of the regular season.

Eight players were on their bye week.

^ Kickers and returners not counted as starters.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
WR LOUIS MURPHY, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Six receptions for 99 yards (targets: 11, long: 41) [all team-highs]
» Murphy was signed by the Bucs early last week and played in his first game of the season. He had a clutch 41-yard reception that set-up a game-winning touchdown.

PLAYS OF THE WEEK

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The Silver Lining for Thursday, September 25

Due to the off week and Will Muschamp’s only media appearances being scheduled for Wednesday, this week’s The Silver Lining was pushed to Thursday. It will next be published on Wednesday, Oct. 1.

Jelani Jenkins, the NFL’s Leading Tackler

It’s easy to forget how much of an impact former Florida Gators linebacker Jelani Jenkins had during his time with the team and some of that has to do with how often he was dealing with injuries in college.

Even the Miami Dolphins, which selected him in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, did not appear to know what they had in Jenkins until they had no choice but to start him in Week 2 and 3 of this season.

Due to his performances the last two weeks, which have earned him back-to-back OnlyGators.com Player of the Week honors, Jenkins now leads the NFL with 25 total tackles and 35 combined tackles.

Not too shabby, huh?

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