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Drayton Florence
CB #29
Height:
6-0
Weight:
200
College:
Tuskegee
Hometown:
Ocala, Fla.
Experience:
11
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 157 486 414 72 0 0 95 20 3 273 -- 40
2013 CAR 14 26 19 7 0 0 9 2 1 40 20 38
2012 DET 8 19 17 2 0 -- 7 1 0 29 29 29
2011 BUF 16 50 41 9 0 0 12 3 1 64 21.3 30
2010 BUF 16 58 49 9 0 0 15 3 1 42 14 40
2009 BUF 14 60 49 11 0 -- 11 1 0 7 7 7
2008 JAC 15 36 32 4 0 -- 3 -- -- -- -- --
2007 SD 16 61 55 6 0 -- 10 2 0 4 2 4
2006 SD 16 66 54 12 0 -- 13 3 0 24 8 23
2005 SD 13 54 47 7 0 -- 10 1 0 9 9 9
2004 SD 13 36 31 5 0 -- 3 4 0 54 13.5 40
2003 SD 16 20 20 0 0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
Fumbles
YearTeamGFUMLostFFOWN FROPP FROWN YDSOPP YDSTDOOBSftyTB
TOTAL 157 3 3 3 2 4 18 52 1 0 0 0
2013 CAR 14 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- 0 0 0 0
2012 DET 8 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 BUF 16 -- -- 1 -- 1 -- 0 0 -- -- --
2010 BUF 16 -- -- 1 1 1 0 27 1 -- -- --
2009 BUF 14 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 JAC 15 -- -- 1 1 1 18 18 -- -- -- --
2007 SD 16 -- -- 0 -- 1 -- 7 -- -- -- --
2006 SD 16 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 SD 13 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 0 0
2004 SD 13 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 0 0
2003 SD 16 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Punt Return
YearTeamGRetRetYAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 157 3 6 2 6 0 0 0 0 2
2013 CAR 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2012 DET 8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 BUF 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 BUF 16 1 6 6 6 0 0 0 0 0
2009 BUF 14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 JAC 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007 SD 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 SD 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 SD 13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2004 SD 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2003 SD 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Kick Return
YearTeamGRetYdsAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 157 4 47 11.8 24 0 1 0 0 0
2013 CAR 14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 DET 8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 BUF 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 BUF 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 BUF 14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 JAC 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007 SD 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 SD 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 SD 13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2004 SD 13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2003 SD 16 4 47 11.8 24 0 1 0 0 0

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Bio

TRANSACTIONS
Signed as a free agent by Carolina (9/19/13)...Released by Carolina (8/31/13)...Signed as an unrestricted free agent by Carolina (3/14/13)...Activated from injured reserve by Detroit (11/17/12)...Placed on injured reserve/designated for return with a broken right arm by Detroit (9/19/12)...Signed as a free agent by Detroit (9/3/12)...Released by Denver (8/31/12)...Signed as a free agent by Denver (5/11/12)...Released by Buffalo (5/4/12)...Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by Buffalo (7/30/11)...Signed as a free agent by Buffalo (3/6/09)...Released by Jacksonville (2/11/09)...Signed as an unrestricted free agent by Jacksonville (3/1/08)...Selected in the second round (46th overall) of the NFL Draft by San Diego (4/26/03).

GP/GS
Career (157/104) [6/3]; 2013 (14/5) [1/0]; 2012 (8/3); 2011 (16/16); 2010 (16/16); 2009 (14/13); 2008 (15/8); 2007 (16/10) [3/1]; 2006 (16/16) [1/1]; 2005 (13/12); 2004 (13/5) [1/1]; 2003 (16/0).

2013
Re-signed as a free agent by Carolina (9/19) after injuries ravaged the secondary...Played in 14 games with five starts...Posted 26 tackles, two interceptions - one of which he returned for a touchdown - and four passes defensed...Contributed to unit that ranked second in the NFL in total defense and points allowed and led the league in sacks while finishing second in rushing defense and sixth in passing defense...Started in place of an injured Josh Thomas versus the New York Giants (9/22) and when the Panthers opened in a nickel defense versus Tampa Bay (12/1), at New Orleans (12/8), versus New Orleans (12/22) and at Atlanta (12/29)...Initially signed as an unrestricted free agent by Carolina (3/14) and was released in the final roster cutdown (8/31)...POSTSEASON: Played in NFC Divisional Playoff versus San Francisco (1/12)...Recorded two tackles...Vs. Atlanta (11/3): Intercepted a pass by Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown...At San Francisco (11/10): Clinched victory with interception of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick with 23 seconds remaining...Part of defense that surrendered the second-fewest net passing yards in team history with 46 and equaled the second-fewest passing first downs allowed with three.

2012
Signed as a free agent by Detroit (9/3) after being released in the final roster cutdown by Denver (8/31)...Played in eight games with three starts and was inactive for one game...Produced 19 tackles, one interception and seven passes defensed...Suffered a broken right arm at San Francisco (9/16) and was placed on injured reserve/designated for return (9/19)...Activated from injured reserve (11/17)...Vs. Indianapolis (12/2): Interception of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck led to a field goal.

2011
Started 16 games for Buffalo...Registered 50 tackles, three interceptions, a team-leading 12 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery...At Kansas City (9/11): Seized a pass by Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel for an interception and returned it 30 yards, resulting in a touchdown...Vs. New England (9/25): Returned interception of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady 27 yards for a touchdown...At New York Jets (11/27): Picked off Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez to set up a touchdown...Vs. Miami (12/18): Forced and recovered a fumble by Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

2010
Started 16 games for Buffalo...Led the Bills with three interceptions and 16 passes defensed in addition to collecting 58 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery...Scored two touchdowns...Returned one punt for six yards...PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week for effort in Week 11 at Cincinnati (11/21)...Vs. Miami (9/12): Amassed a career-high 10 tackles...At New England (9/26): Caused a fumble by Patriots wide receiver Brandon Tate that resulted in a touchdown...At Cincinnati (11/21): Generated two turnovers with a fumble recovery and interception...Returned fumble by Bengals running back Cedric Benson 27 yards for a touchdown...Picked off Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer to set up a touchdown...At Minnesota (12/5): Established a career best with two interceptions of Vikings quarterback Brett Favre...Returned one 40 yards for a touchdown.

2009
Signed as a free agent by Buffalo (3/6) after being released by Jacksonville (2/11)...Played in 14 games with 13 starts...Recorded 60 tackles, one interception and 11 passes defensed...Inactive with a knee injury at New England (9/14) and versus Tampa Bay (9/20)...Vs. Miami (11/29): Pilfered Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne for an interception...Takeaway converted into a touchdown.

2008
Signed as an unrestricted free agent by Jacksonville (3/1)...Played in 15 games with eight starts...Posted 26 tackles, five passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery...Started the first four games before being inactive with a groin injury versus Pittsburgh (10/5)...Started the last four games in place of an injured Rashean Mathis...At Denver (10/12): Forced and recovered a fumble by Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall inside Jaguars 10-yard line to stop potential scoring drive.

2007
Played in 16 games with starts in the first 10 for San Diego...Accumulated a career-high 66 tackles, two interceptions, 10 passes defensed and one fumble recovery...POSTSEASON: Played in all three games with one start...Totaled nine tackles, two interceptions and four passes defensed...Vs. Oakland (10/14): Theft of pass by Raiders quarterback Daunte Culpepper resulted in a touchdown...At Minnesota (11/4): Recovered a fumble by Vikings running back Adrian Peterson...At Kansas City (12/2): Snared an interception off Chiefs quarterback Damon Huard in red zone to foil Chiefs scoring chance...AFC Wild Card vs. Tennessee (1/6): Ended Titans final possession with interception of quarterback Vince Young...AFC Divisional Playoff at Indianapolis (1/13): Started as Chargers opened with five defensive backs...AFC Championship at New England (1/20): Intercepted Patriots quarterback Tom Brady...Takeaway led to a field goal.

2006
Started 16 games for San Diego...Gathered 63 tackles...Tied for second on the team with three interceptions to go along with a career-high 16 passes defensed...Accounted for two special teams tackles...POSTSEASON: Started AFC Divisional Playoff versus New England (1/14)...Tallied six tackles, one interception and one pass defensed...Vs. Pittsburgh (10/8): Intercepted flea-flicker by Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger deep in Chargers territory...Takeaway converted into a touchdown...At Denver (11/19): Stepped in front of pass by Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer for interception and returned it 23 yards to set up a touchdown...Vs. Oakland (11/26): Sealed win with interception of Raiders quarterback Aaron Brooks on first play following two-minute warning...AFC Divisional Playoff vs. New England (1/14): Picked off Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

2005
Played in 13 games with 12 starts for San Diego...Notched 54 tackles, one interception and 11 passes defensed – which tied for second on the team...Inactive with an ankle injury at Oakland (10/16), at Philadelphia (10/23) and versus Kansas City (10/30)...At Indianapolis (12/18): Swiped a pass by Colts quarterback Peyton Manning for an interception.

2004
Played in 13 games with five starts for San Diego...Ranked second on the team with a career-high four interceptions...Compiled 32 tackles and eight passes defensed...Added four special teams tackles...Returned one punt for no yards...Inactive versus Oakland (10/31) and versus New Orleans (11/7) and did not play at Oakland (11/21) because of an ankle injury...PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week for performance in Week 13 versus Denver (12/5)...POSTSEASON: Started AFC Wild Card versus New York Jets (1/8)...Responsible for three tackles and one pass defensed...Vs. Jacksonville (10/10): Victimized Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich for first career interception...Returned heist 40 yards to set up a touchdown...At Atlanta (10/17): Intercepted a pass by Falcons quarterback Michael Vick...Takeaway resulted in a touchdown...At Carolina (10/24): Made first NFL start...Vs. Denver (12/5): Picked off Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer on game's opening series, leading to a touchdown...Broke up fade pass in end zone and tipped ball in air where it was intercepted by safety Jerry Wilson to thwart Broncos scoring threat late in fourth quarter...Vs. Kansas City (1/2): Clinched victory with interception of Chiefs quarterback Trent Green with 15 seconds remaining.

2003
Drafted in the second round (46th overall by San Diego)...Played in 16 games...Logged 16 tackles and two passes defensed...Contributed four special teams tackles...Returned four kickoffs for 47 yards.

COLLEGE
Played final two seasons at Tuskegee after transferring from Tennessee-Chattanooga...Finished career with 161 tackles, one sack, 13 interceptions, 32 passes defensed, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries in 44 games with 42 starts for the two schools...Set a school record at Tuskegee with three interception returns for touchdowns.

PERSONAL
Attended Vanguard HS in Ocala, Fla....Majored in social work at Tuskegee.

TRANSACTIONS
Signed as a free agent by Carolina (9/19/13)...Released by Carolina (8/31/13)...Signed as an unrestricted free agent by Carolina (3/14/13)...Activated from injured reserve by Detroit (11/17/12)...Placed on injured reserve/designated for return with a broken right arm by Detroit (9/19/12)...Signed as a free agent by Detroit (9/3/12)...Released by Denver (8/31/12)...Signed as a free agent by Denver (5/11/12)...Released by Buffalo (5/4/12)...Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by Buffalo (7/30/11)...Signed as a free agent by Buffalo (3/6/09)...Released by Jacksonville (2/11/09)...Signed as an unrestricted free agent by Jacksonville (3/1/08)...Selected in the second round (46th overall) of the NFL Draft by San Diego (4/26/03).

GP/GS
Career (157/104) [6/3]; 2013 (14/5) [1/0]; 2012 (8/3); 2011 (16/16); 2010 (16/16); 2009 (14/13); 2008 (15/8); 2007 (16/10) [3/1]; 2006 (16/16) [1/1]; 2005 (13/12); 2004 (13/5) [1/1]; 2003 (16/0).

2013
Re-signed as a free agent by Carolina (9/19) after injuries ravaged the secondary...Played in 14 games with five starts...Posted 26 tackles, two interceptions - one of which he returned for a touchdown - and four passes defensed...Contributed to unit that ranked second in the NFL in total defense and points allowed and led the league in sacks while finishing second in rushing defense and sixth in passing defense...Started in place of an injured Josh Thomas versus the New York Giants (9/22) and when the Panthers opened in a nickel defense versus Tampa Bay (12/1), at New Orleans (12/8), versus New Orleans (12/22) and at Atlanta (12/29)...Initially signed as an unrestricted free agent by Carolina (3/14) and was released in the final roster cutdown (8/31)...POSTSEASON: Played in NFC Divisional Playoff versus San Francisco (1/12)...Recorded two tackles...Vs. Atlanta (11/3): Intercepted a pass by Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown...At San Francisco (11/10): Clinched victory with interception of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick with 23 seconds remaining...Part of defense that surrendered the second-fewest net passing yards in team history with 46 and equaled the second-fewest passing first downs allowed with three.

2012
Signed as a free agent by Detroit (9/3) after being released in the final roster cutdown by Denver (8/31)...Played in eight games with three starts and was inactive for one game...Produced 19 tackles, one interception and seven passes defensed...Suffered a broken right arm at San Francisco (9/16) and was placed on injured reserve/designated for return (9/19)...Activated from injured reserve (11/17)...Vs. Indianapolis (12/2): Interception of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck led to a field goal.

2011
Started 16 games for Buffalo...Registered 50 tackles, three interceptions, a team-leading 12 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery...At Kansas City (9/11): Seized a pass by Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel for an interception and returned it 30 yards, resulting in a touchdown...Vs. New England (9/25): Returned interception of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady 27 yards for a touchdown...At New York Jets (11/27): Picked off Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez to set up a touchdown...Vs. Miami (12/18): Forced and recovered a fumble by Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

2010
Started 16 games for Buffalo...Led the Bills with three interceptions and 16 passes defensed in addition to collecting 58 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery...Scored two touchdowns...Returned one punt for six yards...PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week for effort in Week 11 at Cincinnati (11/21)...Vs. Miami (9/12): Amassed a career-high 10 tackles...At New England (9/26): Caused a fumble by Patriots wide receiver Brandon Tate that resulted in a touchdown...At Cincinnati (11/21): Generated two turnovers with a fumble recovery and interception...Returned fumble by Bengals running back Cedric Benson 27 yards for a touchdown...Picked off Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer to set up a touchdown...At Minnesota (12/5): Established a career best with two interceptions of Vikings quarterback Brett Favre...Returned one 40 yards for a touchdown.

2009
Signed as a free agent by Buffalo (3/6) after being released by Jacksonville (2/11)...Played in 14 games with 13 starts...Recorded 60 tackles, one interception and 11 passes defensed...Inactive with a knee injury at New England (9/14) and versus Tampa Bay (9/20)...Vs. Miami (11/29): Pilfered Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne for an interception...Takeaway converted into a touchdown.

2008
Signed as an unrestricted free agent by Jacksonville (3/1)...Played in 15 games with eight starts...Posted 26 tackles, five passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery...Started the first four games before being inactive with a groin injury versus Pittsburgh (10/5)...Started the last four games in place of an injured Rashean Mathis...At Denver (10/12): Forced and recovered a fumble by Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall inside Jaguars 10-yard line to stop potential scoring drive.

2007
Played in 16 games with starts in the first 10 for San Diego...Accumulated a career-high 66 tackles, two interceptions, 10 passes defensed and one fumble recovery...POSTSEASON: Played in all three games with one start...Totaled nine tackles, two interceptions and four passes defensed...Vs. Oakland (10/14): Theft of pass by Raiders quarterback Daunte Culpepper resulted in a touchdown...At Minnesota (11/4): Recovered a fumble by Vikings running back Adrian Peterson...At Kansas City (12/2): Snared an interception off Chiefs quarterback Damon Huard in red zone to foil Chiefs scoring chance...AFC Wild Card vs. Tennessee (1/6): Ended Titans final possession with interception of quarterback Vince Young...AFC Divisional Playoff at Indianapolis (1/13): Started as Chargers opened with five defensive backs...AFC Championship at New England (1/20): Intercepted Patriots quarterback Tom Brady...Takeaway led to a field goal.

2006
Started 16 games for San Diego...Gathered 63 tackles...Tied for second on the team with three interceptions to go along with a career-high 16 passes defensed...Accounted for two special teams tackles...POSTSEASON: Started AFC Divisional Playoff versus New England (1/14)...Tallied six tackles, one interception and one pass defensed...Vs. Pittsburgh (10/8): Intercepted flea-flicker by Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger deep in Chargers territory...Takeaway converted into a touchdown...At Denver (11/19): Stepped in front of pass by Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer for interception and returned it 23 yards to set up a touchdown...Vs. Oakland (11/26): Sealed win with interception of Raiders quarterback Aaron Brooks on first play following two-minute warning...AFC Divisional Playoff vs. New England (1/14): Picked off Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

2005
Played in 13 games with 12 starts for San Diego...Notched 54 tackles, one interception and 11 passes defensed – which tied for second on the team...Inactive with an ankle injury at Oakland (10/16), at Philadelphia (10/23) and versus Kansas City (10/30)...At Indianapolis (12/18): Swiped a pass by Colts quarterback Peyton Manning for an interception.

2004
Played in 13 games with five starts for San Diego...Ranked second on the team with a career-high four interceptions...Compiled 32 tackles and eight passes defensed...Added four special teams tackles...Returned one punt for no yards...Inactive versus Oakland (10/31) and versus New Orleans (11/7) and did not play at Oakland (11/21) because of an ankle injury...PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week for performance in Week 13 versus Denver (12/5)...POSTSEASON: Started AFC Wild Card versus New York Jets (1/8)...Responsible for three tackles and one pass defensed...Vs. Jacksonville (10/10): Victimized Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich for first career interception...Returned heist 40 yards to set up a touchdown...At Atlanta (10/17): Intercepted a pass by Falcons quarterback Michael Vick...Takeaway resulted in a touchdown...At Carolina (10/24): Made first NFL start...Vs. Denver (12/5): Picked off Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer on game's opening series, leading to a touchdown...Broke up fade pass in end zone and tipped ball in air where it was intercepted by safety Jerry Wilson to thwart Broncos scoring threat late in fourth quarter...Vs. Kansas City (1/2): Clinched victory with interception of Chiefs quarterback Trent Green with 15 seconds remaining.

2003
Drafted in the second round (46th overall by San Diego)...Played in 16 games...Logged 16 tackles and two passes defensed...Contributed four special teams tackles...Returned four kickoffs for 47 yards.

COLLEGE
Played final two seasons at Tuskegee after transferring from Tennessee-Chattanooga...Finished career with 161 tackles, one sack, 13 interceptions, 32 passes defensed, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries in 44 games with 42 starts for the two schools...Set a school record at Tuskegee with three interception returns for touchdowns.

PERSONAL
Attended Vanguard HS in Ocala, Fla....Majored in social work at Tuskegee.

 

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