Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Week 16 (2013)

By Adam Silverstein
December 24, 2013

The 2013 NFL regular season continued this week with 34 former Florida Gators spread out over 20 teams.

Ten teams have multiple Florida players on their respective rosters including Miami (four); Denver and Washington (three each); Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, N.Y. Giants, N.Y. Jets and Pittsburgh (two each).

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 16th week of the regular season.

* Rookie

S WILL HILL, New York Giants: Started | 11 tackles (six solo) [team-highs], pass defense, interception return for touchdown (38 yards)
» Hill was arrested Friday for nonpayment of child support but still played Sunday.
WR DAVID NELSON, New York Jets: Started | four receptions for 33 yards (targets: 5, long: 15), two touchdowns
» Nelson had his first career two-touchdown game. He caught his first touchdowns both in the 2013 season and as a member of the Jets. Nelson had not found the end zone for a score since Nov. 27, 2011…against New York.

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

S MATT ELAM, Baltimore Ravens*: Started | six tackles (two solo)
LB JON BOSTIC, Chicago Bears*: Started | eight tackles (seven solo, one for loss), fumble recovery
S MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears: Started | seven solo tackles
DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals: Started | five tackles (one solo), 0.5 sack, pass defense, two QB hits, fumble recovery
S REGGIE NELSON, Cincinnati Bengals: Started | five tackles (four solo), pass defense
CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns: Started | two tackles (one solo), two pass defenses
WR ANDRE CALDWELL, Denver Broncos: Started | two receptions for 12 yards (targets: 3, long: 13); solo tackle
DE JEREMY MINCEY, Denver Broncos Solo tackle
» Mincey was released by Jacksonville last week but signed by Denver.
OT XAVIER NIXON, Indianapolis Colts*: Started
» Nixon earned his first career start and played left tackle.
S JOSH EVANS, Jacksonville Jaguars*: Started | six solo tackles
LB JELANI JENKINS, Miami Dolphins*: Solo tackle
C MIKE POUNCEY, Miami Dolphins: Started
K CALEB STURGIS, Miami Dolphins*: Active
DT SHARRIF FLOYD, Minnesota Vikings*: Three tackles (one solo), pass defense
LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots: Started | seven tackles (three solo, one for loss)
WR LOUIS MURPHY, New York Giants: Two receptions for 10 yards (long: 5)\
WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles: Three receptions for 53 yards (long: 32), touchdown; kick return for -4 yards
RT MARCUS GILBERT, Pittsburgh Steelers: Started
DT RAY McDONALD, San Francisco 49ers: Started | two solo tackles (one for loss)
CB JANORIS JENKINS, St. Louis Rams: Started | three solo tackles, pass defense
QB REX GROSSMAN, Washington Redskins: Active

WR DEONTE THOMPSON, Baltimore Ravens: Inactive
LB LERENTEE McCRAY, Denver Broncos*: Injured – ankle (injured reserve)
RB CHRIS RAINEY, Indianapolis Colts: Injured – ankle (season)
DT JAYE HOWARD, Kansas City Chiefs: Inactive
RB MIKE GILLISLEE, Miami Dolphins*: Inactive
C MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers: Injured – torn ACL and MCL (season)
RB JEFF DEMPS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Injured – groin (season)
WR PERCY HARVIN, Seattle Seahawks: Injured – hip
OL MAURICE HURT, Washington Redskins: Injured – knee (PUP list)
TE JORDAN REED, Washington Redskins*: Injured – concussion (season)
» Reed was ruled out for the rest of the season due to post-concussion symptoms.

WR Frankie Hammond, Jr.* (Kansas City)

Veterans: S Ahmad Black, OG Cooper Carlisle, P Chas Henry, OT Max Starks, QB Tim Tebow, DE Justin Trattou
Rookies: WR Omarius Hines*, DT Omar Hunter*, DE Earl Okine*

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