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TE Reed latest Florida player to leave for NFL

TE Reed latest Florida player to leave for NFL

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) No. 4 Florida is losing at least three underclassmen to the NFL.

Tight end Jordan Reed, the team's leading receiver this season, declared for the NFL draft Friday. He joined safety Matt Elam and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd as Florida players skipping their senior season.

Reed, a junior from New London, Conn., had 45 receptions for 559 yards and three touchdowns this season. He was a first-team, All-SEC selection by The Associated Press.

``I've enjoyed four good years at Florida, but I feel that now is the right time to pursue my dream of playing in the NFL,'' Reed said in a statement released by the school.

Floyd and Elam announced their intentions following a 33-23 loss to Louisville in the Sugar Bowl on Wednesday night. Defensive end Dominique Easley said he was unsure about his plans.

``It's been a dream for all three of these players to pursue a career in the NFL and now they are all getting a chance to realize that dream,'' coach Will Muschamp said. ``We are very thankful for their contributions to the Florida football program over the years and we wish them the very best of luck in the pursuit of their dreams.''

Reed's draft stock is the most questionable of the three early entrants.

Floyd and Elam are considered early round picks, maybe even first-day selections.

Floyd recorded 46 tackles, including a team-high 13 for loss. He also had six quarterback hurries, three sacks, two blocked kicks and a forced fumble.

``I sat down and talked to a lot of people about my decision and I'm going to go in the draft this year,'' Floyd said. ``All my focus was on my team and on this season. Now it's time to move on. The coaches supported my decision and I'm ready.''

Elam led the Gators with four interceptions and was second on the team with 76 tackles. Elam had 11 tackles for loss, five pass breakups, two sacks and a forced fumble.

``I've had three great years here at the University of Florida,'' said Elam, whose older brother plays in the NFL. ``I've had a lot of advice during the process and I feel like it's the right decision for me and my family.''

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Mr. Consistency Justin Tucker misses first field goal of the season

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Mr. Consistency Justin Tucker misses first field goal of the season

Justin Tucker is the best kicker in the NFL. That much hasn’t changed.

Now that we’re on the same page, it’s time to admit something. He hasn’t looked totally himself as of late. While most of his kicks have still found their way between the uprights, many have looked closer than they should.

That trend culminated with his first miss Sunday against the Texans. Tucker’s attempt on the Ravens’ first drive of the game -- from 43 yards out -- bounced off the right upright.

The miss snapped a streak of 22 consecutive made field goals for Tucker, who is the NFL’s all-time leader in field goal percentage. He is the only kicker in NFL history to convert more than 90% of his field goal attempts.

It’s too soon to be concerned about Tucker going forward. For now, just pick your jaws up off the floor and go back to feeling confident in the Ravens’ most consistent player the next time he jogs out onto the field.

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Redskins vs. Jets Week 11 Inactives: Guice returns, Richardson out

Redskins vs. Jets Week 11 Inactives: Guice returns, Richardson out

When rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins makes his first start at FedExField vs. the Jets, he'll be without one of his top wide receivers. Veteran Paul Richardson was ruled out Friday with a hamstring injury. Second-year wide receiver Cam Sims has been called up to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. 

Haskins will have running back Derrius Guice to lean on, however. The second-year running back was activated off injured reserve last week and is set to return against the Jets. For the first time, Redskins fans will get to see Haskins, Guice, and standout rookie wideout Terry McLaurin in action together.

Neither tight end Vernon Davis or running back Chris Thompson, two of the team's best offensive weapons, will play vs. New York. Davis will miss his sixth consecutive game, still recovering from a concussion he suffered in Week 4 vs. the Giants. Thompson has still yet to practice since suffering a toe injury against Miami in Week 6 and will miss his fourth consecutive game.

Safety Montae Nicholson, who has not played since Week 6, is active. Earlier this week, he was cooperating with police following a 21-year-old woman's death.

Special teams captain and safety DeShazor Everett is inactive. He has not played since the Redskins Week 5 loss to New England.

Here are the Week 11 inactives.

Redskins vs. Jets Week 11 Inactives

Redskins Inactives:

TE Vernon Davis
RB Chris Thompson
QB Colt McCoy
DL Tim Settle
WR Paul Richardson
OL Ross Pierschbacher
S Deshazor Everett

Jets Inactives:

S Matthias Farley
LB C.J. Mosely
LB Paul Worrilow
CB Darryl Roberts
OL Leo Koloamatangi
CB Nate Hairston
DL Jordan Willis

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