Gators in the NFL: Texans sign Jelani Jenkins

File photo of Jelani Jenkins as a Miami Dolphins walking off the field after the end of the game against the Buccaneers.

Updated October 26, 8:00 p.m.

The Houston Texans took a step toward fortifying their defensive front seven Wednesday by signing former Gators and Dolphins linebacker Jelani Jenkins.

The Texans have dealt with injuries and suspensions to key players like J.J. Watt, Whitney Merciless and Brian Cushing this year and hope the five-year NFL veteran can provide some relief at the linebacker position.

This will be Jenkins’ third stint with an NFL team this season having spent time in Oakland’s training camp and spent a week with Buffalo but did not appear in a game.

Wide receiver Deonte Thompson had a great day for the Buffalo Bills just six days after getting cut by the Chicago Bears, as he helped the Bills topple the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-27 Sunday. Thompson hauled in all four of his targets for 107 yards with a long of 44 yards, a catch that set up the game-winning field goal.

Thompson was cut by the Bears last week and has seemingly found a home with Buffalo
where he and quarterback Tyrod Taylor have some history together. Both played for the Baltimore Ravens in the 2012-2013 season and also played on the same team in the U.S. All-American game in high school.

The Bears, who cut Thompson on Monday of last week, completed four passes for 107 yards all game, the same exact amount Thompson had with the Bills in week 7.

Here is the 44-yard catch that set up the game-winning field goal over Tampa Bay:

Around the NFL, rookie safety Marcus Maye grabbed his second interception for the New York Jets in a loss to the Miami Dolphins, 31-28. Maye intercepted Miami’s backup Matt Moore and returned it for 31 yards. Maye also tied season-highs in tackles (7) and pass deflections (2).

Defensive end Dante Fowler had four tackles and one-and-a-half sacks for Jacksonville in its road-win over the Indianapolis Colts, 27-0. On the other side, linebacker Antonio Morrison tallied 13 total tackles for the Colts, a season and career-high.

Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson snagged five of eight targets for 69 yards with a long of 33 in Kansas City’s loss on Thursday Night Football to the Oakland Raiders, 31-30. Robinson received eight targets which was tied with Kansas City’s leading receiver Tyreek Hill.

Joe Haden had his first interception as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he did it going against one of the top receivers in the NFL and former Georgia Bulldog, A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals. Haden also recorded two pass deflections and a tackle and held Green to a season-low in receptions (3) and yards (41).

Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves had a season-high two pass deflections against
the Buffalo Bills in Tampa Bay’s loss. Hargreaves was moved inside by the Buccaneers coaching staff this week to cover slot receivers instead of his usual role of playing outside receivers.

Keanu Neal had a season-high ten tackles along with one pass deflection while defending Tom Brady and the Patriots in a 24-7 loss on Sunday Night Football while teammate Brian Poole added six tackles to his season total.

Defensive back Quinton Dunbar and tight end Jordan Reed were big contributors for the Washington Redskins as they fell the the Eagles 34-24 on Monday Night Football. Dunbar grabbed his first pick of the season and third as a pro, while Jordan Reed had eight receptions for 64 yards and two touchdowns.


This Gators in The NFL list only includes the players who finished their college careers at UF and didn’t transfer to finish up elsewhere.

Arizona Cardinals 
D.J. Humphries (T)
Earl Okine (DE) — Practice Squad
Atlanta Falcons 
Keanu Neal (SS)
Brian Poole (DB)
Joey Ivie (DE) — Practice Squad                                                                            Buffalo Bills                                                                                                          Deonte Thompson (WR)
Carolina Panthers 
Bryan Cox Jr. (DE)
Chicago Bears 
Jonathan Bullard (DT)
Cincinnati Bengals 
Carlos Dunlap (DE)
Cleveland Browns 
Caleb Brantley (DT)
Dallas Cowboys 
Chaz Green (T)
Denver Broncos 
Max Garcia (G)
Detroit Lions 
Jarrad Davis (LB)
Teez Tabor (CB)
Houston Texans 
Chris Thompson (WR)
Indianapolis Colts
Jon Bostic (LB)
Quincy Wilson (CB)
Antonio Morrison (ILB)
Matt Jones (RB)
Jacksonville Jaguars 
Dante Fowler Jr. (DE)
Lerentee McCray (DE)
Kansas City Chiefs 
Demarcus Robinson (WR)
Los Angeles Rams 
Dominique Easley (DT) — Injured reserve
Miami Dolphins
Mike Pouncey (C)
Minnesota Vikings
Sharrif Floyd (DT) — Injured Reserve
New England Patriots
Mike Gillislee (RB)
New Orleans Saints 
Alex Anzalone (LB) — Injured Reserve
New York Giants 
Jon Halapio (OT)
New York Jets
Jonotthan Harrison (C)
Marcus Maye (S)
Oakland Raiders 
Reggie Nelson (DB)
David Sharpe (OT)
Philadelphia Eagles 
Trey Burton (TE)
Jaylen Watkins (DB)                                                                                                      Caleb Sturgis (K) — Injured Reserve                                                                          Alex McCalister (DE) — Injured Reserve
Pittsburgh Steelers 
Marcus Gilbert (T)
Maurkice Pouncey (C)
Joe Haden (CB)
Jake McGee (TE) — Practice Squad
San Francisco 49ers
Trent Brown (T)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Vernon Hargreaves (CB)
Justin Trattou (DE) — Injured reserve
Washington Redskins 
Mack Brown (RB)
Quinton Dunbar (CB)
Jordan Reed (TE)

The Associated Press contributed to this report.