12 Vols in NFL waived; 8 return to practice squads; Dobbs to Steelers; Updated VFL final roster list

Jaguars QB Joshua Dobbs prepares during a NFL training session of the Jacksonville Jaguars at the at Allianz Park in London, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.The Jacksonville Jaguars are preparing for an NFL regular season game against the Houston Texans in London on Sunday. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

By Vince Ferrara / @VinceSports

Here are all the NFL roster cutdown and practice squad transactions in the NFL involving University of Tennessee players in moves announced by the National Football League.

Rosters were required to get down to 53 players on Saturday. The practice squad maximum is 16 players per team, with veterans that can be included.

Look for constant VFL in the NFL updates here on my blog “Vince’s View.” Bookmark my blog page and check back often.

Recent Roster Moves
RB John Kelly waived by Rams
LB Daniel Bituli waived by Rams
DE Jonathan Kongbo waived by 49ers (off IL, injury settlement)

QB Joshua Dobbs waived by Jaguars
DT Reginald “Kahlil” McKenzie waived by Bengals
WR Josh Malone waived by Jets
S Nigel Warrior waived by Ravens
DT Daniel McCullers waived by Steelers
TE Jason Croom waived by Bills
WR Jauan Jennings waived by 49ers
TE Ethan Wolf waived by Saints
QB Tyler Bray waived by Bears
ex-Vol from Duke TE Daniel Helm waived by Chiefs
ex-Vol from Georgia TE Eli Wolf waived by Ravens
local product from West HS RB Nathan Cottrell waived by Jaguars
local product from Farragut HS OL Nathan Gilliam waived by Chargers
DE Darrell Taylor placed on Reserve/Non-Football Injury List (out minimum of 8 games)

QB Joshua Dobbs signed by Steelers (53-player roster)
WR Jauan Jennings signed to 49ers practice squad
LB Daniel Bituli signed to Rams practice squad
S Nigel Warrior signed to Ravens practice squad
TE Jason Croom signed to Bills practice squad
QB Tyler Bray signed to Bears practice squad
DT Reginald “Kahlil” McKenzie signed to Bengals practice squad
WR Josh Malone signed to Jets practice squad
DT Daniel McCullers signed to Steelers practice squad
ex-Vol from Georgia TE Eli Wolf signed to Ravens practice squad
local product from West HS Nathan Cottrell signed to Jaguars practice squad
local product from Farragut HS Nathan Gilliam signed to Chargers practice squad

Tennessee Volunteers On 53-Player NFL Rosters as of 9/7/20 (20)
x = Rookie
AFC East (2)
FB – Jakob Johnson (47) New England Patriots
DE – Kyle Phillips (98) New York Jets
NONE – Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins

AFC North (3)
LS – Morgan Cox (46) Baltimore Ravens
DB – Cameron Sutton (20) Pittsburgh Steelers
QB – Joshua Dobbs (5) Pittsburgh Steelers
NONE – Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns

AFC South (1)
OG – Zach Fulton (73) Houston Texans   – Starting RG
NONE – Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

AFC West (3)
ILB – Alexander Johnson (45) Denver Broncos
DE – Kendal Vickers (78) Las Vegas Raiders
TE – Jason Witten (82) Las Vegas Raiders
NONE – Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers

NFC East (2)
DE – Derek Barnett (96) Philadelphia Eagles
DT – Malik Jackson (97) Philadelphia Eagles
NONE – Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins

NFC North (4)
WR – Cordarrelle Patterson (84) Chicago Bears
CB – Justin Coleman (27) Detroit Lions
OLB – Jalen Reeves-Maybin (44) Detroit Lions
P – Britton Colquitt (2) Minnesota Vikings
NONE – Green Bay Packers

NFC South (4)
TE – Luke Stocker (88) Atlanta Falcons
RB – Alvin Kamara (41) New Orleans Saints
DT – Shy Tuttle (99) New Orleans Saints
WR – Marquez Callaway (12) New Orleans Saints – x
NONE – Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC West (1)
CB – Emmanuel Moseley (41) San Francisco 49ers
NONE – Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks

VFL Inactives (11)
OT – Ja’Wuan James (70) Denver Broncos (Opted Out for 2020 season)
P – Michael Palardy (5) Carolina Panthers (Reserve Non-Football Injury List/out for the season/torn ACL)
DE/OLB – Darrell Taylor (58) Seattle Seahawks (Reserve Non-Football Injury List/out minimum of 8 games)
WR – Jauan Jennings (81) San Francisco 49ers (Practice Squad)
LB – Daniel Bituli (49) Los Angeles Rams (Practice Squad)
QB – Tyler Bray (9) Chicago Bears (Practice Squad)
S – Nigel Warrior (39) Baltimore Ravens (Practice Squad)
DT – Reginald “Kahlil” McKenzie (69) Cincinnati Bengals (Practice Squad)
NT – Dan McCullers (93) Pittsburgh Steelers (Practice Squad)
WR – Josh Malone (83) New York Jets (Practice Squad)
TE – Jason Croom (80) Buffalo Bills (Practice Squad)

Active UT Players In The NFL By Position (20)
QB – 1
RB – 1
WR – 2
TE – 2
FB – 1
OL – 1
DL – 5
LB – 2
DB – 3
P – 1
PK – 0
LS – 1

Active One-Time Vols That Transferred To Other Schools On NFL Rosters (4)
x = Rookie
TE – Lee Smith (85) Buffalo Bills (Powell HS/U. of Tennessee/Marshall)
P – Tommy Townsend (5) Kansas City Chiefs (U. of Tennessee/Florida) – x
QB – Nathan Peterman (3) Las Vegas Raiders (U. of Tennessee/Pitt)
WR – Preston Williams (18) Miami Dolphins (U. of Tennessee/Colorado St)

Inactives (2)
WR – Jalen Hurd (14) San Francisco 49ers (U. of Tennessee/Baylor) (Reserve/Injured/out for season/torn ACL)
TE – Eli Wolf (87) Baltimore Ravens (U. of Tennessee/Georgia) (Practice Squad) – x

Active Knoxville Area Players That Didn’t Play At UT on NFL Rosters (4)
x = Rookie
WR – Tee Higgins (85) Cincinnati Bengals (Oak Ridge HS/Clemson) – x
P – Chris Jones (6) Dallas Cowboys (Carson-Newman)
WR – Randall Cobb (18) Houston Texans (Alcoa HS/Kentucky)
S – Harrison Smith (22) Minnesota Vikings (Catholic HS/Notre Dame)

Inactives (2)
RB – Nathan Cottrell (31) Jacksonville Jaguars (West HS/Georgia Tech) (Practice Squad) – x
OL – Nate Gilliam (63) Los Angeles Chargers (Farragut HS/Wake Forest) (Practice Squad) – x

Notes and Numbers On UT Players
*20 U. of Tennessee players on expanded active NFL rosters
*11 other players are inactive on practice squads (8) reserve lists (2) or opt-outs (1)
*New Orleans has most current UT players with 3
*DL is the largest position represented with 5
*14 of the 32 teams have a UT player on active rosters
*There are 4 players that were once at U. of Tennessee but then transferred
*There are 4 players that didn’t attend UT, but have Knoxville/East TN ties
*1 rookie VFL made the 53-player rosters (Callaway)
*5 players went to high school in Knoxville area are on final rosters (B. Colquitt, L. Smith, H. Smith, R. Cobb, T. Higgins)

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