Former Gators in the NFL: 2013 Preseason Week 3

By Adam Silverstein
August 25, 2013

The 2013 NFL regular season is 11 days away from kicking off on Thursday, Sept. 5, but 41 former Florida Gators spread out over 21 teams remained on rosters while the league participated in the second full week of preseason action from Aug. 20-25.

Thirteen teams have multiple Florida players on their rosters including Miami and Washington (four); New England, N.Y. Giants and Tampa Bay (three); and Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh and Seattle (two).

Below are game statistics for all 30 active players and select news updates on a number of Gators for the fifth full week of training camp.

* Rookie

LB JON BOSTIC, Chicago Bears*: Started; eight tackles (seven solo, one for loss) [team-highs]
» Bostic was fined $21,000 by the NFL for the highlight tackle he made on Aug. 15.

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

S MATT ELAM, Baltimore Ravens*: Two solo tackles (one for loss)
S MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Started; tackle
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Played as a reserve
» Dunlap missed the first two preseason games (concussion) but returned to practice Monday and was cleared to play on Saturday.
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Started; two solo tackles; punt for 60 yards
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Started; two solo tackles
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Denver Broncos: Started; three receptions for 42 yards (targets: 6, long: 23)
LB LERENTEE McCRAY, Denver Broncos*: Punt block
S JOSH EVANS, Jacksonville Jaguars*: Played as a reserve
DE JEREMY MINCEY, Jacksonville Jaguars: Solo tackle for loss, QB hit
WR FRANKIE HAMMOND, Jr., Kansas City Chiefs*: Two receptions for 11 yards (targets: 2, long: 6); two kick returns for 47 yards; two punt returns for 25 yards
RB MIKE GILLISLEE, Miami Dolphins*: Six carries for 11 yards (long: 8); three receptions for 33 yards (targets: 4, long: 21); kick return for 19 yards
» Still fighting for the Dolphins’ third-string job, Gillislee was poked fun of during the week during Miami’s annual rookie talent show. “I sang ‘My Girl’ by the Temptations,” Gillislee admitted this week. “I had no choice. I’m not a singer, but I had no choice, so I got up there and gave it my all.”
LB JELANI JENKINS, Miami Dolphins*: Three tackles (two solo)
C MIKE POUNCEY, Miami Dolphins: Started
K CALEB STURGIS, Miami Dolphins*: Started; 3/3 on field goals (long: 28); 1/1 on extra points
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: Started; five tackles (three solo)
S WILL HILL, New York Giants: Solo tackle
DE JUSTIN TRATTOU, New York Giants: Two tackles (one solo)
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Started; reception for nine yards (targets: 2), touchdown
RT MARCUS GILBERT, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started
C MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started
LT MAX STARKS, San Diego Chargers: Played as a reserve
DT RAY MCDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Started
DT JAYE HOWARD, Seattle Seahawks: Played as a reserve
» Returned to action after missing two preseason games with a knee injury.
CB JANORIS JENKINS, St. Louis Rams: Started; four solo tackles
SS AHMAD BLACK, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Two tackles (one solo)
P CHAS HENRY, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Five punts for 204 yards (long: 46)
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins: Started; 11/21 for 171 yards, touchdown (QB rating: 95.5)
OT XAVIER NIXON, Washington Redskins*: Played as a reserve
TE JORDAN REED, Washington Redskins*: Three receptions for 31 yards (targets: 4, long: 18)

WR DEONTE THOMPSON, Baltimore Ravens: Injured – foot
» Thompson sprained his left foot last week and has missed two preseason games.
WR DAVID NELSON, Cleveland Browns: Injured – knee
» Nelson’s knee (which was surgically repaired following a torn ACL) flared up two weeks ago week; he has missed three preseason games but returned to practice last week as a full participant.
WR OMARIUS HINES, Green Bay Packers*: Did not play, released by team
DE EARL OKINE, Houston Texans*: Inactive – precautionary
» Okine was activated off the PUP list at the end of July and held out of action.
DT SHARRIF FLOYD, Minnesota Vikings*: Injured – knee
» Floyd was mic’d up for the Buffalo game. Watch/listen by clicking here.
DE JERMAINE CUNNINGHAM, New England Patriots: Injured – unknown
» Cunningham fell out of favor with the coaching staff last season and is likely on the verge of being released. He has not practiced or played.
QB TIM TEBOW, New England Patriots: Did not play
WR LOUIS MURPHY, New York Giants: Injured – leg
» Last week, Murphy defended Cooper, saying he forgives him for the racist comment that was caught on video. “That’s not the guy I know,” Murphy said per the New York Daily News. “He’s a good guy, a good teammate. I know him personally, as a friend. We were teammates for three years. Everybody makes mistakes and I believe everybody is entitled to a second chance.”
WR PERCY HARVIN, Seattle Seahawks: Injured – hip
RB JEFF DEMPS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Inactive – did not play
» Head coach Greg Schiano is none too pleased that Demps has been running track all summer and has still not showed up for training camp. “(Sigh). I’m not, ah (pauses) — supposedly he’s coming. I don’t know. We’ll see,” he said via “I don’t worry about guys that are not here, you know? So he’s not helping us get better right now. He’s out there running track somewhere. So, if he’s going to do that — if he gets here and helps us win he will be part of it. If he gets here and can’t help us win, he can go back and run track. We are here to win games.”.
OL MAURICE HURT, Washington Redskins: Injured – knee
» Hurt has been on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list throughout training camp and will remain there until his conditioning improves. “We’re just going to keep on working him,” head coach Mike Shanahan said. “He’s got a knee. We’re trying to get him in football shape. I’m afraid if we put him in there too quick there will be a setback, especially with a short week, so we’re constantly evaluating him, day by day.”

OG Cooper Carlisle, WR Omarius Hines*, DT Omar Hunter*, RB Chris Rainey


  1. Donnie W says:

    Sounds like Demps should just stick to track. I’m pretty sure at this point the buc’s aren’t going to retain him unless he shows up and impresses the coaches on the field. What did jermaine do that has put him this deep in the dog house? Hopefully he gets a fresh chance with a new team. I always though he would do well in the nfl.

  2. Michael Jones says:

    Bummer about Omarius. Great that Lerentee blocked a punt. He’s all heart plus more talented than a lot of people realize. He’s quick and he’ll get stronger and he plays hard every play. Sounds like Frankie Hammond also had a good game. Good for him.

    GO GATORS!!!

  3. J-skool says:

    How in the world did Reggie Nelson end up punting the ball, let alone 60 yards?

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