Gators in the NFL: Gardner-Johnson shines in first start

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Jacksonville offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor, left, and New Orleans defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, right, hold up each other's game jerseys at the end of their game Oct. 13 in Jacksonville. The players were teammates at UF. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
New Orleans Saints defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, seen here against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Oct. 6, excelled in his first career start during a 36-25 victory against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (Butch Dill/The Associated Press)

In his first career start, New Orleans Saints rookie defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson helped fuel his team’s 36-25 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Gardner-Johnson, who played at Florida for three years before being taken in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL draft, had six tackles and two pass breakups as a slot corner/safety. Furthermore, according to Pro Football Focus, the Bears completed seven passes with Gardner-Johnson in coverage but those catches only went for a combined 18 yards.

The Saints play the Arizona Cardinals in Week 8.

Arizona Cardinals

D.J. Humphries – OL – 5th year

Max Garcia – G – 5th year (Physically Unable to Perform list)

Marcus Gilbert – OT – 9th year (Injured Reserve)

Jonathan Bullard – DE – 4th year

Atlanta Falcons

Keanu Neal – S – 4th year (IR)

Brandon Powell – WR – 2nd year (Practice Squad)

Buffalo Bills

Vosean Joseph- LB- Rookie (IR)

Carolina Panthers

Bryan Cox Jr. – DE – 3rd year

Jordan Scarlett- RB- Rookie

Chicago Bears

Trey Burton – TE – 6th year

Eddy Pineiro – K – 2nd year

Cincinnati Bengals

Carlos Dunlap – DE – 10th year- Inactive due to injury.

Fred Johnson- OG- Rookie

Cleveland Browns

Antonio Callaway – WR – 2nd year

Denver Broncos

Duke Dawson – DB – 2nd year

Detroit Lions

Jarrad Davis – LB – 3rd year

Jeff Driskel- QB- 4th year

Indianapolis Colts

Quincy Wilson – CB – 3rd year

Jacksonville Jaguars

Taven Bryan – DT – 2nd year

Lerentee McCray – LB – 7th year

Jawaan Taylor -OT- Rookie

Kansas City Chiefs

Demarcus Robinson – WR – 4th year

Los Angeles Chargers

Jaylen Watkins – DB – 5th year

Mike Pouncey – C – 9th year (IR)

Los Angeles Rams

Dante Fowler Jr. – DE – 5th year

Jachai Polite- DE- Rookie- Practice Squad

New Orleans Saints

Alex Anzalone – LB – 3rd year (IR)

CJ Gardner-Johnson- S- Rookie

New York Giants

Jon Halapio – OL – 3rd year

New York Jets

Jonotthan Harrison – OL – 6th year

Marcus Maye – S – 3rd year

Brian Poole – CB – 4th year

Oakland Raiders

David Sharpe – T – 3rd year

Trent Brown – OL – 5th year- Inactive

Pittsburgh Steelers

Joe Haden – CB – 10th year

Maurkice Pouncey – C – 10th year

San Francisco 49ers

Marcell Harris – S – 2nd year

Teez Tabor-CB-3rd- Practice Squad

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Vernon Hargreaves III – CB – 4th year

Washington Redskins

Jordan Reed – TE – 7th year (IR)

Quinton Dunbar – CB – 5th year

Caleb Brantley- DT- 3rd year (IR)

Jon Bostic- LB- 7th year