Former Vol Catches 1st NFL Touchdown Pass

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    Tennessee’s current football team may be struggling on the field, but some of their former players are beginning to flourish in the NFL. And one of the Vols’ former receivers made his first career touchdown catch on Sunday.

    Former Vol receiver and current Buffalo Bills tight end Jason Croom hauled in his first touchdown grab of his NFL career on Sunday while the Bills were taking on the Minnesota Vikings. Croom snagged a wide-open 26-yard touchdown in the first quarter to help propel the Bills to a 17-0 lead over the Vikings.

    Croom played for the Vols from 2012-16 and was primarily a wide receiver before switching to tight end during his final year as a Vol. He went undrafted in the NFL after the 2016 college football season, but the Bills signed him as an undrafted free agent. Since then, Buffalo has waived him twice and cut him once. But the Bills brought him back even after he was placed on Injured Reserve late last season.

    Heading into Sunday’s game, Croom had four career catches for 25 yards in the first two games of the 2018 season. His 26-yard touchdown more than doubled his career yardage total in the NFL. Croom’s first NFL reception came in Week one when the Bills took on the Baltimore Ravens.

    As a Vol, the 6-foot-5, 246-pound Croom caught 60 passes for 816 yards and six touchdowns. All of his scores came in his first two years of playing time, though he tied his season-high in catches as a redshirt senior in 2016 when he hauled in 21 receptions.