30 VFLs in NFL, 21 on active rosters as season starts; Full list plus ex-Vols, Knoxville-area players & VFL coaches

Rams OLB Byron Young / Credit: 99.1 The Sports Animal

30 VFLs in NFL, 21 on active rosters as season starts; Full list plus ex-Vols, Knoxville-area players & VFL coaches

By Vince Ferrara / @VinceSports

Here’s an updated list of University of Tennessee players on NFL rosters entering the start of the 2023 season.

You’ll also see a list of players that were once at UT as well as other Knoxville area players that played at other schools. Plus, I’ve included coaches throughout the league that either played or coached at the University of Tennessee or are from the Knoxville area.

I’ve included depth chart listings from either the team’s “unofficial” depth chart or Ourlads’ reported depth charts that are very accurate.

That’s all below now, and will be updated often, here on my blog “Vince’s View.”

Recent Transactions (since 9/1/23)
Jerome Carvin released by Chiefs from the injured list
Marquez Callaway signed by the Raiders to the practice squad
Nathan Peterman resigned by Bears

*30 VFLs in the NFL
*21 VFLs are on 53-player rosters
*7 VFLs are on practice squads
*1 VFL is on IR
*1 VFL is suspended
*6 VFL rookies total (4 on active rosters)
*20 of 32 teams have a VFL on their rosters
*9 VFLs in the AFC
*21 VFLs in the NFC
*8 VFLs are listed as starters on their depth charts
*Lions have the most VFLs with 4
*Lions have the most VFLs on 53-player rosters with 3
*7 ex-Vols that finished college at others schools currently with NFL teams
*7 Knoxville-area players that did not attend UT currently with NFL teams
*17 coaches with ties to the Vols or the Knoxville Area (17)
*7 of those 17 coaches in the league were players at Tennessee

Tennessee Volunteers In The NFL as of 9/7/23 (30)
x = rookie / bold – active roster
AFC East (2)
DT – Kendal Vickers (93) Buffalo Bills (practice squad)
LB – AJ Johnson (59) Miami Dolphins (practice squad)
NONE – New England Patriots, New York Jets

AFC North (1)
WR – Cedric Tillman (89) Cleveland Browns (2nd team SWR)-x
NONE – Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South (1)
LS – Morgan Cox (46) Tennessee Titans (LS)
NONE – Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars

AFC West (5)
FB – Jakob Johnson (45) Las Vegas Raiders (FB)
DL – Matthew Butler (73) Las Vegas Raiders (practice squad)
WR – Marquez Callaway (11) Las Vegas Raiders (practice squad)
OL – Trey Smith (65) Kansas City Chiefs (starting RG)
WR – Joshua Palmer (5) Los Angeles Chargers (2nd team RWR)

NONE – Denver Broncos

NFC East (3)
WR – Jalin Hyatt (84) New York Giants (2nd team LWR)-x
DE – Derek Barnett (96) Philadelphia Eagles (2nd team RDE)

TE – Princeton Fant (48) Dallas Cowboys (practice squad)-x
NONE – Washington Commanders

NFC North (7)
DB – Cameron Sutton (1) Detroit Lions (starting RCB)
CB – Emmanuel Moseley (4) Detroit Lions (starting LCB)
LB – Jalen Reeves-Maybin (42) Detroit Lions (3rd team WLB)

QB – Hendon Hooker (12) Detroit Lions (injured list)-x
OL – Darnell Wright (58) Chicago Bears (starting RT)-x
WR – Velus Jones Jr. (12) Chicago Bears (2nd team LWR/starting PR/starting KR/PR)
DB – Theo Jackson (25) Minnesota Vikings (3rd team FS)

NONE – Green Bay Packers

NFC South (7)
CB – Alontae Taylor (1) New Orleans Saints (2nd team RCB)
RB – Alvin Kamara (41) New Orleans Saints (suspended list)
DL – Kyle Phillips (91) New Orleans Saints (practice squad)
DT – Shy Tuttle (99) Carolina Panthers (starting DE)
OL – Cade Mays (66) Carolina Panthers (2nd team RG)
WR – Cordarrelle Patterson (84) Atlanta Falcons (3rd team RB/starting KR)

DB – Micah Abernathy (29) Atlanta Falcons (practice squad)
NONE – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC West (4)
QB – Joshua Dobbs (9) Arizona Cardinals (starting QB)
LB – Byron Young (0) Los Angeles Rams (starting OLB)-x
DE – Darrell Taylor (52) Seattle Seahawks (2nd team OLB)
WR – Jauan Jennings (15) San Francisco 49ers (2nd team SWR)

One-Time Vols That Transferred To Other Schools On NFL Rosters (7)
QB – Nathan Peterman (14) Chicago Bears (U. of Tennessee/Pitt) (3rd team QB)
WR – Brandon Johnson (89) Denver Broncos (U. of Tennessee/UCF) (2nd team RWR)
LB – Henry To’o to’o (39) Houston Texans (U. of Tennessee/Alabama) (2nd team MLB)-x
OL – Wanya Morris (64) Kansas City Chiefs (U. of Tennessee/Oklahoma) (2nd team LT)-x
P – Tommy Townsend (5) Kansas City Chiefs (U. of Tennessee/Florida) (P/H)
RB – Ty Chandler (32) Minnesota Vikings (U. of Tennessee/North Carolina) (2nd team RB)
RB – Eric Gray (20) New York Giants (U. of Tennessee/Oklahoma) (4th team RB)-x

Active Knoxville Area Players That Didn’t Play At UT on NFL Rosters (7)
WR – Tee Higgins (5) Cincinnati Bengals (Oak Ridge HS/Clemson) (starting RWR)
LB – Devin Harper (50) Dallas Cowboys (Karns HS/Oklahoma St.) (4th team MLB)
TE – Nate Adkins (45) Denver Broncos (Bearden HS/ETSU/South Carolina) (4th team TE)
QB – Trevor Lawrence (16) Jacksonville Jaguars (Born in Knoxville, did not go to HS locally/Clemson) (starting QB)
S – Harrison Smith (22) Minnesota Vikings (Catholic HS/Notre Dame) (starting SS)
OG – Cole Strange (69) New England Patriots (Farragut HS/Chattanooga) (starting LG)
WR – Randall Cobb (18) New York Jets (Alcoa HS/Kentucky) (3rd team Slot WR)

Coaches With Ties to the Vols or the Knoxville Area (17)
VFLs (7)
Tee Martin (QB) Ravens – VFL/Vols Player 1996-1999
Chuck Smith (OLB) Ravens – VFL/Vols Player 1990-1991
Jeron Mayo (LB Coach) Patriots – VFL/Vols Player 2005-2007
Jim Bob Cooter (OC) Colts – VFL/Vols player QB 2002-2005 & Vols GA 2007-2008
Bo Hardegree (QB Coach) Raiders – VFL/Vols player QB 2004-2007
Kacy Rodgers (Run Game Coordinator/DL Coach) Buccaneers – VFL/Vols Player LB/DE 1988-1991
Luke Stocker (Offensive Assistant) Titans – VFL/Vols Player 2007-2010

Ex-UT Coaches/Grad Assistants (9)
Brandon Staley (HC) Chargers – Vols GA 2012
Derrick Ansley (DC) Chargers – Former Vols assistant (DB) 2012
Jason Michael (TE Coach) Eagles – Vols GA 2003-2004 & Vols assistant (TE) 2008
Tracy Rocker (Asst DL Coach) Eagles – Vols assistant (DL) 2017-2019
Dom Capers (Sr. Def. Asst) Panthers – Vols assistant (DB) 1980-1981
Derius Swinton (Asst ST Coach) Raiders – Vols GA 2007-2008
Chris Rumph (DL Coach) Vikings – Vols assistant (Co-DC/DL) 2018-2019
Kodi Burns (WR Coach) Saints – Vols assistant (WR) 2021
Zach Azzanni (WR Coach) Jets – Vols assistant (Pass Game Coord/WR) 2013-2016

From Knoxville Area/No UT Background (1)
Mike Caldwell (DC) Jaguars – From Oak Ridge, TN

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