VFL in the NFL Update: 3 in, 2 out; full list, depth chart positions for 36 entering full week of preseason

Rams RB John Kelly / Credit: Los Angeles Rams

By Vince Ferrara / @VinceSports

Here’s an updated list of University of Tennessee players in the National Football League entering the first full week of the 2019 NFL preseason.

NFL rosters are expanded right now and can be kept at up to 90 players until final preseason cuts August 31, 2019.

I’ve included some notes, jersey numbers, unofficial depth chart positions and more. You will also see the list of players with local ties to the Knoxville area or were once at the UT but transferred elsewhere to finish their college careers.

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

Recent News – Tennessee Vols/Local Non-UT Players in the NFL
-Panthers released TE Ethan Wolf
-Falcons signed QB Matt Simms
-Titans signed OLB/DE Jordan Williams
-Eagles signed TE Alex Ellis
-Few weeks ago…Vikings released DB Micah Abernathy
-Chargers released one-time Vol TE from Duke, Daniel Helm
-49ers signed TE Daniel Helm

Inside The Numbers – Vols in the NFL
-Currently 36 U. of Tennessee players on NFL teams
-2 VFL rookies are in the NFL right now (none are draft picks)
-Pittsburgh has the most UT players with 4
-DL, LB & P are the largest positions of VFLs in the league right now with 5
-20 of the 32 teams have a UT player
-There are 10 players that are either one-time Vols or are Knoxville area players that did not attend UT
-5 of the 10 Local/Non-UT players in the league are rookies

Tennessee Volunteers On NFL Teams as of 8/6/19 (36) x = rookie
Atlanta Falcons
Luke Stocker (80) TE (2nd team TE)
Matt Simms (9) QB (4th team QB)

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

Buffalo Bills
Jason Croom (80) TE (4th team TE)

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

Chicago Bears
Tyler Bray (9) QB (3rd team QB)
Cordarrelle Patterson (84) WR/KR (2nd team WR & starting KR)

Cincinnati Bengals
Josh Malone (80) WR (2nd team WR)

Cleveland Browns
Britton Colquitt (4) P (starting P/H)

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 (starting RG)
Trevor Daniel (8) P (starting P/H)

Kansas City Chiefs
Dustin Colquitt (2) P (starting P/H)
Kahlil McKenzie (66) OG (2nd team LG)

Los Angeles Rams
John Kelly (42) RB (3rd team RB)

New England Patriots
Jacob Johnson (47) FB/TE (3rd team TE)

New Orleans Saints
Alvin Kamara (41) RB (starting RB/2nd team KR)
Shy Tuttle (74) DT (4th team DE)-x
Colton Jumper (51) LB (4th team WLB)

New York Jets
Kyle Phillips (98) DE (3rd team DE)-x
Matt Darr (3) P (2nd team P)

Philadelphia Eagles
Derek Barnett (96) DE (starting DE)
Malik Jackson (97) DT (starting DT)
Alex Ellis (48) TE (6th team TE)

Pittsburgh Steelers
Ramon Foster (73) OG (starting LG)
Daniel McCullers (93) NT (2nd team NT)
Cameron Sutton (20) DB (2nd team NCB & CB)
Joshua Dobbs (5) QB (2nd team QB)

San Francisco 49ers
Emmanuel Moseley (41) CB (4th team CB)

Tennessee Titans
LaTroy Lewis (45) LB (3rd team OLB)
Jordan Williams (40) DE/OLB (4th team OLB)

Recent Free Agents From Late Last Season That Played at U. of Tennessee 
Eric Berry S
Justin Hunter WR
Ethan Wolf TE
James Stone OL
Justin Martin DB
Quart’e Sapp LB
Alexis Johnson Jr. NT
Kendal Vickers DE (CFL)
Jonathan Kongbo (CFL)
Keller Chryst QB

Teams Without Any Players On Current Expanded Rosters From UT (12)
Arizona Cardinals
Green Bay Packers
Indianapolis Colts
Jacksonville Jaguars
Los Angeles Chargers
Miami Dolphins
Minnesota Vikings
New York Giants
Oakland Raiders
Seattle Seahawks
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Washington Redskins

UT Players In The NFL By Position (36)
QB – 3
RB – 2
WR – 2
TE – 4
FB – 1
OL – 4
DL – 5
LB – 5
DB – 4
P – 5
PK – 0
LS – 1

Knoxville Area Players/Finished College Elsewhere After UT (10) x = rookie
Buffalo Bills
Lee Smith TE (85) *Powell HS/Tennessee/Marshall (2nd team TE)

Dallas Cowboys
Randall Cobb (18) WR *Alcoa HS/Kentucky (starting WR)
Chris Jones (6) P *Carson-Newman (starting P/H)

Miami Dolphins
Preston Williams (82) WR *Tennessee/Colorado State (3rd team WR)-x
Dewayne Hendrix (73) DE *Tennessee/Pittsburgh (4th team DE)-x

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

Oakland Raiders
Nathan Peterman (2) QB *Tennessee/Pittsburgh (3rd team QB)

San Francisco 49ers
Jalen Hurd (17) WR *Tennessee/Baylor (2nd team WR)-x
Daniel Helm (41) TE *Tennessee/Duke (5th team TE)-x

Tennessee Titans
D’Andre Payne (28) CB *Tennessee/Iowa State (5th team CB)-x

Free Agents Among Local Players/One-Time Vols
Venzell Boulware OL-x
Dorren Miller WR

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