Lots of moves and numbers with VFLs in the NFL; full list and player of the week named

New Orleans, LA – September 9, 2019 – Mercedes-Benz Superdome: Alvin Kamara (41) of the New Orleans Saints during a regular season Monday Night Football game (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

By Vince Ferrara / @VinceSports

Here’s an updated list of University of Tennessee players in the National Football League entering Week 2 of the season and all the moves in the last week or so, as well as the VFL in the NFL Player of the Week as named by me.

You’ll find stats and a status on how each of the active players fared in Week 1 of the NFL season HERE.

I’ve included some notes, jersey numbers, unofficial depth chart positions, breakdowns by position and much more.

You will also see all of the players that are inactive in the league, either on injured reserve or on practice squads. Plus, you’ll find the list of players that were at UT at one time before transferring and others that have local ties to the Knoxville area that did not attend the University of Tennessee.

I update this list throughout the season here on my blog “Vince’s View.” Bookmark my blog page and check back often.


Most Recent Moves – U. of Tennessee/One-Time Vols/Local Players in the NFL
-Seahawks signed OL Kahlil McKenzie to their practice squad
-Jets signed WR Josh Malone to their practice squad
-Raiders placed QB Nathan Peterman (Pitt) on IR
-Steelers traded QB Joshua Dobbs to Jaguars for a 5th round pick (2020)
-Eagles placed DT Malik Jackson on IR
-Eagles signed TE Alex Ellis off their practice squad
-Eagles released TE Alex Ellis
-Eagles resigned TE Alex Ellis to their practice squad


Notes and Numbers – Vols in the NFL
*Currently 23 U. of Tennessee players are on NFL 53-player rosters
*UT had 25 entering Week 1 with Alex Ellis’ late addition to the Eagles’ 53-roster
*Vols (25) ranked 16th in number of NFL players to start the season among schools
*11 UT players are in the league, but inactive (5 on IR & 6 on practice squads)
*2 VFL rookies are in the NFL, both made teams as undrafted free agents
*Pittsburgh has the most active UT players with 3
*P, DB & DL are the largest positions of VFLs in the league right now with 4 active
*Tennessee’s 4 punters is the most from any school at that position
*16 of the 32 teams have a UT player on active rosters
*There are 3 players on active rosters that were once at U. of Tennessee but then transferred
*There are 3 players on active rosters that didn’t attend UT, but have Knoxville/East TN ties
*VFL Week 1 Game Inactives: Dobbs and Phillips
*One-Time Vols Week 1 Game Inactives: Hurd


Vinny’s VFL Player of the Week
Saints DT Shy Tuttle
The rookie undrafted free agent made the team’s 53-player roster after having a strong close to the preseason. He then took advantage of injuries and a suspension to earn the start on Monday Night Football at home against the Houston Texans. He played 33 snaps (49%) in the game. He recorded a ½ sack combining with Malcom Brown in bringing down Deshaun Watson. He had an assisted tackle, a QB hit and was largely complimented for his play under the circumstances in his NFL debut. His VFL teammate Alvin Kamara had the bigger numbers (169 total yards) but Tuttle’s story is great and AK will win this award more than a ‘couple-two-tree times’ this season. New Orleans beat Houston in an incredible game, 30-28.


Tennessee Volunteers On Active NFL Rosters as of 9/12/19 (23) x = rookie
Atlanta Falcons
Luke Stocker (80) TE (2nd team TE)

Baltimore Ravens
Morgan Cox (46) LS (starting LS)

Carolina Panthers
Michael Palardy (5) P (starting P/H)
Rashaan Gaulden (28) DB (2nd team SS)

Chicago Bears
Cordarrelle Patterson (84) WR/KR (2nd team WR & starting KR)

Dallas Cowboys
Jason Witten (82) TE (starting TE)

Denver Broncos
Alexander “AJ” Johnson (45) LB (2nd team ILB)
Ja’Wuan James (70) OT (starting RT)

Detroit Lions
Jalen Reeves-Maybin (44) LB (2nd team OLB)
Justin Coleman (27) DB (starting CB)

Houston Texans
Zach Fulton (73) OL (2nd team RG)
Trevor Daniel (8) P (starting P/H)

Jacksonville Jaguars
Joshua Dobbs (1) QB (2nd team QB)

Kansas City Chiefs
Dustin Colquitt (2) P (starting P/H)

Minnesota Vikings
Britton Colquitt (4) P (starting P/H)

New Orleans Saints
Alvin Kamara (41) RB (starting RB/2nd team KR)
Shy Tuttle (74) DT (3rd team DT)

New York Jets
Kyle Phillips (98) DE (3rd team DE)-x

Philadelphia Eagles
Derek Barnett (96) DE (starting DE)

Pittsburgh Steelers
Ramon Foster (73) OG (starting LG)
Daniel McCullers (93) NT (2nd team NT)
Cameron Sutton (20) DB (2nd team NCB)

San Francisco 49ers
Emmanuel Moseley (41) CB (3rd team NCB)


One-Time Vols That Transferred On Active Rosters (3) x = rookie
Buffalo Bills
Lee Smith TE (85) *Powell HS/Tennessee/Marshall (2nd team TE)

Miami Dolphins
Preston Williams (82) WR *Tennessee/Colorado St (3rd team WR)-x

San Francisco 49ers
Jalen Hurd (17) WR *Tennessee/Baylor (3rd team WR)-x


Knoxville Area Players That Didn’t Play At U. of Tennessee On Active Rosters (3) x = rookie
Dallas Cowboys
Randall Cobb (18) WR *Alcoa HS/Kentucky (starting WR)
Chris Jones (6) P *Carson-Newman (starting P/H)

Minnesota Vikings
Harrison Smith (22) S *Catholic HS/Notre Dame (starting SS)


Inactive Players From UT, One-Time Vols & Local Players In The NFL
Injured Reserve
LB Colton Jumper – New Orleans Saints
QB Matt Simms – Atlanta Falcons
TE Jason Croom – Buffalo Bills
LB Jordan Williams – Tennessee Titans
DT Malik Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles
QB Nathan Peterman – Oakland Raiders (Pitt)

Practice Squads
RB John Kelly – Los Angeles Rams
QB Tyler Bray – Chicago Bears
FB Jakob Johnson – New England Patriots
OG Kahlil McKenzie – Seattle Seahawks
WR Josh Malone – New York Jets
TE Alex Ellis – Philadelphia Eagles
TE Daniel Helm – San Francisco 49ers (Duke)
DE Dewayne Hendrix – Miami Dolphins (Pitt)


Teams Without Any Players From UT On Active 53-Player Rosters (16)
Arizona Cardinals
Buffalo Bills
Cincinnati Bengals
Cleveland Browns
Green Bay Packers
Indianapolis Colts
Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Rams
Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots
New York Giants
Oakland Raiders
Seattle Seahawks
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tennessee Titans
Washington Redskins


UT Players In The NFL By Position (23)
QB – 1
RB – 1
WR – 1
TE – 2
FB – 0
OL – 3
DL – 4
LB – 2
DB – 4
P – 4
PK – 0
LS – 1


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