Updated: Gators in the NFL

Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones fumbles after being hit by New Orleans middle linebacker Alex Anzalone (UF) in the first half Thursday in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

Compiled by Chad Smith, UF Sports Information Dept.

Week 12 of the NFL season featured a total of 45 Gators on 25 of the 32 teams. Now you can add offensive lineman Chaz Green to the total this week after he was signed by the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday and running back Mark Thompson by the Jets.

Green, a 6-foot-5, 318-pound guard, was selected at 91 overall by the Cowboys out of Florida in 2015. Over his three seasons in Dallas, he appeared in 18 contests, making six starts. Green has played both tackle and guard both at Florida and while with the Cowboys.

He was waived in the final roster cuts and was most recently on the Saints’ practice squad before being waived Nov. 21.

On Wednesday, the New York Jets added running back Mark Thompson to their practice squad. It’s his second practice squad since failing to be selected in this year’s draft. He played his college ball at Florida and spent the preseason with Baltimore. Thompson had 31 carries for 146 yards and 10 catches for 76 yards. He spent some time on the Ravens practice squad after being a final cut for the active roster.

[Update] On Saturday, the New York Jets have placed safety Marcus Maye on injured reserve, ending an injury-plagued season for the 2017 second-round draft pick out of the University of Florida.

Maye played in just six games because of various ailments, the most recent being thumb and shoulder injuries. After a solid rookie season, he missed the first three games this year with a foot injury. Maye broke his right thumb in Week 6 and sat out just one game despite having a pin inserted into his hand. He then missed New York’s 27-13 loss to New England last Sunday.

Coach Todd Bowles said during the week that surgery could be an option for Maye, who had a franchise-record 104-yard interception return against Denver in Week 5. It also set the NFL mark for the longest INT return without scoring.

Arizona Cardinals

D.J. Humphries – OL – 4th year – Inactive for week 12.

Atlanta Falcons

Brian Poole – CB – 3rd year – Collected one solo tackle.

Keanu Neal – S – 3rd year – (IR)

Baltimore Ravens

Mark Thompson – RB – Rookie – (Practice squad)

Buffalo Bills

Deonte Thompson – WR – 6th year – Started at wide receiver.

Carolina Panthers

Bryan Cox Jr. – DE – 2nd year – Collected one assisted tackle.

Chicago Bears 

Trey Burton – TE – 5th year – Started at tight end for the 10th straight week. Finished with four receptions for 28 yards.

Jonathan Bullard – DE – 3rd year – Tallied one assisted tackle.

Cincinnati Bengals

Carlos Dunlap – DE – 9th year – Started at defensive end for the 11th straight week. Finished with six tackles, three solo. Added a quarterback hit.

Cleveland Browns

Antonio Callaway – WR – Rookie – Started at tight end. Hauled in four passes for 62 yards, including a touchdown. Added a punt return for six yards and a kickoff return for eight yards.

Denver Broncos

Max Garcia – G – 4th year – (IR)

Detroit Lions

Jarrad Davis – LB – 2nd year – Started for the 11th straight week. Collected three tackles, one solo. Added a fumble recovery.

Teez Tabor – CB – 2nd year – Inactive for week 12.

Brandon Powell – WR – Rookie – Inactive for week 12.

Green Bay Packers

Antonio Morrison – LB – 3rd year – Started at inside linebacker for the third straight week. Finished with seven tackles, three solo.

Indianapolis Colts

Quincy Wilson – CB – 2nd year –Recorded one solo tackle. Added a pass defense.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Taven Bryan – DT – Rookie – Recorded two solo tackles, including a tackle for loss.

Lerentee McCray – LB – 5th year – Inactive for week 12.

DeAndre Goolsby – TE – Rookie – (IR)

Kansas City Chiefs

Demarcus Robinson – WR – 3rd year

Joey Ivie – DL – 2nd year – (Practice squad)

Los Angeles Chargers

Mike Pouncey – C – 8th year – Started at center for the 11th straight week.

Jaylen Watkins – DB – 4th year – (IR)

Los Angeles Rams

Dante Fowler Jr. – DE – 4th year

Dominique Easley – DT – 5th year – (IR)

New England Patriots

Trent Brown – OL – 4th year – Started at left tackle for the 10th straight week.

Duke Dawson, Jr. – DB – Rookie – Inactive for week 12.

New Orleans Saints

Alex Anzalone – LB – 2nd year – Started at middle linebacker. Finished with six solo tackles. Added a forced fumble and had a pass defense.

New York Giants

Jon Halapio – OL – 2nd year – (IR)

New York Jets

Jonotthan Harrison – OL – 5th year – Started at left guard, making his second consecutive start on the offensive line.

Marcus Maye – S – 2nd year – (IR)

Mark Thompson – RB – Practice squad.

Oakland Raiders

Johnny Townsend – P – Rookie –Punted six times for 268 yards, including a punt of 52 yards. Averaged 44.7 yards per punt. Pinned the Ravens inside the 20 once.

Reggie Nelson – S – 12th year – Recorded an interception and a pass defense.

David Sharpe – OT – 2nd year – Appeared on the offensive line.

Eddy Piñeiro – K – Rookie – (IR)

Chaz Green – OL- Free agent signee this week

Pittsburgh Steelers

Jon Bostic – LB – 6th year – Started for the 11th straight week at inside linebacker. Tallied four tackles, three solo.

Maurkice Pouncey – C – 9th year – Started at center for the 11th straight week.

Joe Haden – CB – 9th year – Started at cornerback for the ninth straight week. Collected three solo tackles and added a pass defense.

Marcus Gilbert – OT – 8th year – Inactive for week 12.

Jake McGee – TE – 2nd year – (IR)

San Francisco 49ers

Marcell Harris – S – Rookie – Recorded one solo tackle.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Vernon Hargreaves III – CB – 3rd year – (IR)

Washington Redskins

Jordan Reed – TE – 6th year –Led the team with 75 yards on six catches, including a long of 20.

Quinton Dunbar – CB – 4th year – Started at cornerback. Tallied four solo tackles and added a pass defense.

Caleb Brantley – DT – 2nd year – Inactive for week 12.


  1. George73: This list is only for those who played out their college career with UF. Jeff Driskel transferred to Louisiana Tech and finished his college career there. Hence Cam Newton is not on here, among others.