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Florida Gators in the NFL: How the Former Gators Fared in NFL Preseason Week 1

LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Rex Grossman #8 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass in the fourth quarter of a game against the New York Giants at FedEx Field on January 2, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. The Giants won the game 17-14.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Charlie TaylorContributor IIIOctober 13, 2016

The Florida Gators have had a large number of NFL draft picks over the last several years as they enjoyed both conference and national success.

At present, each NFL team has the largest roster numbers they will see all year.  

Over the next few weeks, guys will get cut. The rosters will continue to get trimmed until they meet the eventual 54-man requirement.

Right now there are 41 former Florida Gators on National Football League rosters.

That number may trim down if people get cut or placed on the practice squad, but I will look at how they all preformed on a weekly basis for their respective professional teams.

It’s a good way to stay up to date with the former players we all came to know and love.

I will trim and add to the lists as the roster moves deem necessary.

Here is edition No. 1 with stats for the first week of the preseason, through August 16.


Duke Lemmens LB (Arizona Cardinals) Rookie: 2 tackles, 2 solo

Mike Peterson LB (Atlanta Falcons) 13th Year: 3 tackles, 2 solo

David Nelson WR (Buffalo Bills) 2nd Year: NO STATS

Jason Watkins OT (Buffalo Bills) 2nd Year: NO STATS

Andra Davis LB (Buffalo Bills) 10th Year: 2 tackles, 2 solo

Brandon Hicks LB (Buffalo Bills) Rookie: 2 tackles, 2 solo

Major Wright S (Chicago Bears) 2nd Year: 5 tackles, 5 solo

Andre Caldwell WR (Cincinnati Bengals) 4th Year: NO STATS

Carlos Dunlap DE (Cincinnati Bengals) 2nd Year: NO STATS

Reggie Nelson S (Cincinnati Bengals) 5th Year: 1 tackle, 1 solo

Phil Trautwein OT (Cleveland Browns) 2nd Year: NO STATS

Joe Haden DB (Cleveland Browns) 2nd Year: 1 tackle, 1 solo

Tim Tebow QB (Denver Broncos) 2nd Year: 6-7, 91 yards, 13 yard/avg; 2 carries, 15 yards, 7.5 avg

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Aaron Hernandez #85 and Alge Crumpler #82 of the New England Patriots celebrate Crumpler's catch during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rog
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Derrick Harvey DE (Denver Broncos) 4th Year: NO STATS

Marcus Thomas DT (Denver Broncos) 5th Year: 2 tackles, 1 solo

Jeremy Mincey DE (Jacksonville Jaguars) 4th Year: 3 tackles, 1 solo

Brandon Siler LB (Kansas City Chiefs) 5th Year: 1 tackle

Mike Pouncey C (Miami Dolphins) Rookie: NO STATS

Percy Harvin WR (Minnesota Vikings) 3rd Year: 1 catch, 3 yards

Aaron Hernandez TE (New England Patriots) 2nd Year: 6 catches, 68 yards, 11.3 avg

Gerard Warren DT (New England Patriots) 11th Year: NO STATS

Jermaine Cunningham LB (New England Patriots) 2nd Year: 2 tackles, 1 solo, 1 sack

Brandon Spikes LB (New England Patriots) 2nd Year: NO STATS

Alex Brown DE (New Orleans Saints) 10th Year: NO STATS

Justin Trattou DE (New York Giants) Rookie: 3 tackles, 2 solo

Chad Jackson WR (Oakland Raiders) 3rd Year: NO STATS

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 11:  Riley Cooper #14 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up before playing against the Baltimore Ravens in their pre season game on August 11, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Ge
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Louis Murphy WR (Oakland Raiders) 3rd Year: NO STATS

Cooper Carlisle G (Oakland Raiders) 12th Year: NO STATS

Jarvis Moss DE (Oakland Raiders) 5th Year: 3 tackles, 2 solo

Riley Cooper WR (Philadelphia Eagles) 2nd Year: 1 catch, 42 yards, 42 yard avg

Cornelius Ingram TE (Philadelphia Eagles) 2nd Year: NO STATS

Chas Henry P (Philadelphia Eagles) Rookie: 4 punts, 152 yards, 38 yard avg, 2 touchbacks, 52 yard long

Maurkice Pouncey C (Pittsburgh Steelers) 2nd Year: NO STATS

Marcus Gilbert OT (Pittsburgh Steelers) 2nd Year: NO STATS

Ray McDonald DT (San Francisco 49ers) 5th Year: NO STATS

Drew Miller C (St Louis Rams) 2nd Year: NO STATS

Earnest Graham RB (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) 8th Year: 1 catch, 13 yards

Ahmad Black S (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) Rookie: NO STATS

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 13:  Major Wright #27 of the Chicago Bears participates in warm-ups before a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills at Soldier Field on August 13, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears fdefeated the Bills 10-3.  (Photo by Jonathan Da
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Rex Grossman QB (Washington Redskins) 9th Year: 19-26, 207 yards, 1 TD, 8 yards/avg

Jabar Gaffney WR (Washington Redskins) 10th Year: 5 catches, 38 yards, 7.6 avg, 12 yard long

Maurice Hurt G (Washington Redskins) Rookie: NO STATS


Former Gator Offensive Player of the Week

Rex Grossman QB (Washington Redskins): 19-26, 207 yards, 1 TD (vs Pittsburgh)


Former Gator Defensive Player of the Week

Major Wright S (Chicago Bears): 5 Tackles, 5 Solo (vs. Buffalo)


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