Gators in the NFL- 2020 Kickoff Edition


Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Ryan Sosic

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Forty-seven former Gators landed on 21 NFL rosters heading into Week 1 of the 2020 regular season.

In total, 37 will suit up on the 53-man active roster for the opening slate of games. This tally is the fourth-most in the country. 

A primetime Thursday night matchup between the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans will feature four Gators as Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson will go head-to-head with 2014 First Team All-American and Texans cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III. 2020 third round pick Jonathan Greenard (Houston) and Tommy Townsend (Kansas City) will both make their pro debut inside Arrowhead. Kickoff is slated for 8:20 p.m. 

The New York Jets possess the most Florida representatives on their Week 1 roster as four former Gators will travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills for their Week 1 matchup. Atlanta and Jacksonville both feature three former Gators on their active roster.

Seven Gators would make their dreams a reality and be selected in the 2020 draft, the most since 2017. CJ Henderson became Florida’s 53rd First Rounder after Jacksonville selected him ninth overall last April. 

Josh Hammond (Jaguars) would join Townsend as undrafted free agents who earned contracts with their respective teams at the conclusion of training camp. 

In addition to Hammond, the remaining three receivers (Van Jefferson, Freddie Swain and Tyrie Cleveland), who declared for the draft, earned their first pro contracts. 
 

Stay tuned for updates to see how the Gators fared each week.  

Arizona Cardinals (at San Francisco)
D.J. Humphries- OL-  6th year
Max Garcia- G-  6th year
Marcus Gilbert- OT- 10th year (Opted Out)
Jonathan Bullard- DE- 5th year (Practice Squad)

Atlanta Falcons (vs. Seattle)
Keanu Neal- S- 5th year
Brandon Powell– WR- 3rd year
Dante Fowler Jr.- DE – 6th year

Buffalo Bills (vs. New York Jets)
Bryan Cox Jr.- DL- 4th year (Practice Squad)

Chicago Bears (at Detroit)
Eddy Pineiro– K- 3rd year- (Injured Reserve)

Cincinnati Bengals (vs. Los Angeles Chargers)
Carlos Dunlap- DE- 10th year
Fred Johnson– OG- 2nd year

Denver Broncos (vs. Tennessee)              
Duke Dawson Jr.- DB- 3rd year
Tyrie Cleveland– WR- Rookie

Detroit Lions (vs. Chicago)
Jarrad Davis– LB- 4th year

Houston Texans (at Kansas City)              
Vernon Hargreaves III- CB- 4th year
Jonathan Greenard– LB- Rookie

Indianapolis Colts (at Jacksonville)
Trey Burton- TE- 7th year (Injured Reserve)
Chaz Green- OL- 4th year

Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Indianapolis)
Taven Bryan– DT- 3rd year
Lerentee McCray- LB- 8th year (Opted Out)
Jawaan Taylor– OT- 2nd year
CJ Henderson– CB- Rookie
Josh Hammond– WR- Rookie (Practice Squad)

Kansas City Chiefs (vs. Houston)
Demarcus Robinson- WR- 5th year
Tommy Townsend– P- Rookie

Miami Dolphins (at New England)
Antonio Callaway– WR- 3rd season (Suspended)

Las Vegas Raiders (at Carolina) 
Trent Brown- OT- 6th year

Los Angeles Chargers (at Cincinnati)
Mike Pouncey- C- 10th year

Los Angeles Rams (vs. Dallas)    
Van Jefferson– WR- Rookie
Jachai Polite– DE- 2nd year

New Orleans Saints (vs. Tampa Bay)
Alex Anzalone – LB – 4th year
CJ Gardner-Johnson- S- 2nd year
Janoris Jenkins- CB- 9th year

New York Jets (at Buffalo)
Marcus Maye– S- 4th year
Brian Poole- CB- 5th year
Quincy Wilson– CB- 4th year
Lamical Perine– RB- Rookie
Jabari Zuniga– DE- Rookie (Injured Reserve)

Pittsburgh Steelers (at New York Giants)
Joe Haden – CB – 11th year
Maurkice Pouncey – C – 11th year

Seattle Seahawks (at Atlanta)   
Freddie Swain– WR- Rookie
Quinton Dunbar- CB- 6th year

San Francisco 49ers (vs. Arizona)
Marcell Harris– S- 3rd year
Jordan Reed- TE- 8th year

Washington Football Team (vs. Philadelphia)
Jon Bostic- LB- 8th year
David Sharpe– T- 4th year
Caleb Brantley– DT- 4th year (Opted Out)

 

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