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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FOUR BITS: Parsons, McDonald, Baker, Haden

1 » Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons has every intention of living up to his new three-year, $46 million contract, and he plans to do it by improving his defense. “We’ve got a great staff that really emphasizes defense,” he said, according to ESPNDallas.com. “Where I’m coming from, offense was always our main goal. Now we’ve got to win games and championship on the defensive side. I’m totally locked in and dialed in to do that.” Parsons was a solid defender for the Florida Gators but was ranked 190th overall in the NBA by Synergy Sports after the 2013-14 season.

2 » San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald is no longer scheduled to go to court to face arraignment after being accused of domestic abuse. McDonald, who has yet to be charged with a crime, had his hearing canceled; it will not be rescheduled until or unless the state actually brings charges against him, according to USA Today. The 49ers coaching staff and ownership has been very supportive of McDonald over the last month, claiming they believe his side of the story and want to let due process take its course before acting. Obviously McDonald’s long-term status with the team will affect 2015 Super Bowl betting online, especially as far as San Francisco is concerned.

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TWO BITS: Murphy to Celtics, Reed still injured

1 » Former Florida Gators forward Erik Murphy, who was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers just this offseason, will be shipped from Cleveland to the Boston Celtics as part of a four-player deal that results in the Cavs acquiring F Keith Bogans. ESPN.com‘s Marc Stein and Jeff Goodman reported the deal Thursday evening. As a result of the move, Murphy will be on his fourth NBA franchise before the start of his second professional season. He was selected with the No. 49 overall pick in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls but saw just 2.6 minutes per game in 24 contests before the team waived him on April 3. Two days later, the Utah Jazz claimed Murphy, but he never suited up for the franchise. On July 22, Utah shipped Murphy and two other players to Cleveland for a 2015 second-round draft selection and cash. Murphy spent the summer playing for Finland in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. He averaged 6.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, shooting 38.7 percent from the field, 27.3 percent from downtown and 63.6 percent from the charity stripe. The good news for Murphy? The Rhode Island native played high school basketball in Southborough, Massachusetts, and grew up a Celtics fan.

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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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Former Florida Gators in the NFL: 2014 Week 3

The 2014 NFL regular season continued this week with 37 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 30 players (13 starters^) that saw action along with select status and injury updates on some Gators during the second week of the regular season.

^ Kickers and returners not counted as starters.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
LB JELANI JENKINS, Miami Dolphins: Started | 15 tackles (11 solo, one for loss), 1.5 sacks, two QB hits, safety [all team-highs]

PLAYS OF THE WEEK

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2 BITS: Gilbert’s struggles, McDonald’s support

1 » Former Florida Gators right tackle Marcus Gilbert signed a $30 million contract extension with the Pittsburgh Steelers just one month ago, linking him to the franchise through 2019 if it keeps him for the duration of his contact. Gilbert, however, has not been giving Pittsburgh much bang for its buck through two games. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette, Gilbert has played all 132 of the Steelers’ offensive snaps and given up four sacks in that time. However, head coach Mike Tomlin chalked part of Gilbert’s struggles up to his opponents and is planning to stick with him going forward. “When I coached college football, I used to say, ‘They have scholarships, too.’ I think the same applies in the NFL. You’re talking about guys like Marcus and having to rebound and, obviously, he needs to do that. But you also have to acknowledge that they face some pretty stiff challenges week in and week out,” said Tomlin, referring to Gilbert going head-to-head with Elvis Dumervil last week.

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The Silver Lining for Wednesday, September 17

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If you care what Nick Saban thinks…

Through the comment section here on OnlyGators.com, my inbox and my Twitter mentions, it is quite obvious that the [vocal] majority of those that follow or root for the Florida Gators believe Saturday’s showing against Kentucky – a triple-overtime victory at home – was representative of the team failing to show improvement from 2013 rather than it heading in the right direction after being unable to win tough games a year ago.

Well, Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban agrees with the minority in this particular instance.

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Former Florida Gators in the NFL: 2014 Week 2

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); Baltimore, Indianapolis and Philadelphia (three each); and Cincinnati, Denver, Kansas City, N.Y. Jets, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Tampa Bay (two each).

Below are full game statistics for all 29 players (16 starters^) that saw action along with select status and injury updates on some Gators during the second week of the regular season.

^ Kickers and returners not counted as starters.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
S JOSH EVANS, Jacksonville Jaguars: Started | 14 tackles (eight solo) [team-highs], pass defense
LB JELANI JENKINS, Miami Dolphins: Started | 14 tackles (nine solo, one for loss) [team-highs]

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