Heading into the 2014 NFL season, a total of 39 former Gators are on rosters as active players, reserves and practice squad members.
Eight of those are rookies, including Florida’s top three 2014 draftees — defensive tackle Dominique Easley (Patriots), cornerback Jaylen Watkins (Eagles) and linebacker Ronald Powell (Saints).
The other five newcomers are undrafted free agents who signed deals in May.
Tight end Trey Burton (Eagles), center Jonotthan Harrison (Colts) and cornerbacks Loucheiz Purifoy (Colts) and Marcus Roberson (Rams) made the 53-man rosters of their respective teams.
Burton, who could also play some receiver for Philly, caught nine passes for 100 yards in four games played. Purifoy and Roberson both made nine tackles in the preseason, while Harrison won the backup center job.
The Buccaneers signed receiver Solomon Patton to their practice squad Sunday along with former UF running back Jeff Demps.
Five former Gators who played during the preseason were cut over the weekend — quarterback Rex Grossman (Browns), offensive guards Jon Halapio (Patriots) and Maurice Hurt (Redskins), defensive end Justin Trattou (Vikings) and safety Major Wright (Bucs).
Veteran offensive tackle Max Starks (Cardinals) and rookie defensive tackle Damien Jacobs (Bills) were cut last Monday.