Kamara, Barnett, and Croom Headline Great Sunday for Former Vols

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    Photo Credit: Mason Burgin/RTI

    Saturday may not have been a great day for current Vols, but Sunday proved to be a good day for several former Vols as they played in the NFL.

    Alvin Kamara, Derek Barnett, and Jason Croom all put out strong showings on Sunday, and they headlined what was a great day for former Vols in the league. Kamara racked up nearly 200 yards of offense and set a career-high in receiving yards in a game with 124 yards on 15 catches. He also led the New Orleans Saints with 66 rushing yards on 16 carries. He was a big reason the Saints were able to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime.

    Barnett was also a huge reason why his team, the Philadelphia Eagles, won their contest against Indianapolis. Barnett made the game-clinching sack with less than a minute and a half to go in the game in the red zone, and he finished the afternoon with a career-high five tackles, 1.5 sacks, three tackles for loss, and two quarterback hits.

    And for the first time in his career, Jason Croom hauled in a touchdown in the NFL. Croom entered Sunday’s contest with only four catches for 25 yards on the season and his NFL career, but he found himself wide open in the first quarter, and he brought down a 26-yard touchdown as the Buffalo Bills jumped ahead of the Minnesota Vikings 17-0 in the opening quarter. Buffalo ended up winning 27-6.

    But those three former Vols weren’t the only ones who had a good Sunday.

    Here’s how all of Tennessee’s former players fared in the NFL on Sunday (Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay will play on Monday night):

    Quarterback

    N/A

    Running Back

    Alvin Kamara, New Orleans
    16 carries, 66 yards
    15 catches, 124 yards
    3 punt returns, 16 yards

    Wide Receiver

    Cordarrelle Patterson, New England
    1 catch, 12 yards
    4 kick returns, 28.3 average

    Josh Malone, Cincinnati 
    1 catch, 11 yards

    Tight End

    Luke Stocker, Tennessee
    1 catch, 11 yards

    Jason Croom, Buffalo
    1 catch, 26 yards, TD

    Defensive Line

    Malik Jackson, Jacksonville
    3 tackles, 1 tackle for loss

    Derek Barnett, Philadelphia
    5 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 3 tackles for loss, 2 QB hits

    Linebacker

    Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Detroit
    2 tackles

    Secondary

    Justin Coleman, Seattle
    2 tackles, fumble recovery

    Special Teams

    Trevor Daniel, Houston
    3 punts, 51.7 average, 1 inside 20

    Michael Palardy, Carolina
    4 punts, 41.3 average, 3 inside 20

    Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City
    2 punts, 43.5 average, 1 inside 20

    Britton Colquitt, Cleveland
    8 punts, 34.1 average, 5 inside 20



    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.