Gators in the NFL: Week Two

After a strong week one performance, the Florida alumni in the NFL added a successful second week. There were 14 former Gators who started for their respective NFL teams and five former Florida players got into the end zone.

David Nelson has started the season at wide receiver for the Bills. On Sunday, he set career highs with ten receptions and 83 yards. He added a touchdown with 14 seconds remaining to give Buffalo a 38-35 win over the Oakland Raiders. Linebacker Andra Davis also started for the Bills and made five tackles.

The New England Patriots have brought in plenty of Florida alumni in recent years, but none made a bigger impact on Sunday than tight end Aaron Hernandez. He has become a primary target for Tom Brady, catching seven passes for 62 yards and one touchdown. Brandon Spikes was active for the first time this season and recorded two tackles. Jermaine Cunningham was also active but didn't record a stat.

The Cincinnati Bengals also have a trio of Florida alumni making an impact. Carlos Dunlap recorded two tackles while Reggie Nelson started at free safety and made four tackles and deflected one pass. Andre Caldwell caught three passes from rookie quarterback Andy Dalton for 27 yards and one touchdown.

The go-to combination for the Washington Redskins is one that is familiar to Florida fans. Quarterback Rex Grossman has led the Redskins to a surprising 2-0 start after going 25-for-43 for 291 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in a win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Grossman completed five passes to his collegiate teammate Jabar Gaffney for 62 yards.

The Minnesota Vikings continue to use Percy Harvin in multiple ways. The former Florida star caught seven passes for 76 yards and had two rushes for 18 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For Tampa, Earnest Graham had three rushes for 18 yards and caught five passes for 21 yards.

There were two Florida alumni starting on the offensive line for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Maurkice Pouncey made his 18th consecutive regular season start at center, while rookie Marcus Gilbert made the first start of his NFL career after he was selected in the second round of the NFL draft. Pouncey's twin brothers, Mike, made his second career start at center for the Miami Dolphins after he was selected in the first round this year.

Major Wright and Joe Haden, members of the same secondary at Florida, have made an impact early in their NFL careers. Wright started at strong safety for the Chicago Bears on Sunday and totaled five tackles. Haden started at cornerback for the Cleveland Browns and recorded five tackles, including one for loss.

Ray McDonald provided versatility to the defensive line of Florida's 2006 national championship team, proving able to play any position on the line. On Sunday, he started at defensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers and recorded one tackle, one sack and two quarterback hurries.

Rookie punter Chas Henry had four punts for the Philadelphia Eagles and averaged 44.8 yards with a long of 52. He landed two of the punts inside the 20-yard line, including one that rolled down at the one-yard line.

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