How Former Vols Fared in Week 2 of the NFL Preseason

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    The NFL is back. Well, kind of.

    Week 2 of the preseason has concluded, and several former Vols saw action throughout the league. Here’s a look at how each of the former Vols performed during the second week of NFL preseason action.

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    Atlanta Falcons

    Luke Stocker, TE — Stocker started for the Falcons in his second game with the team. He played 11 snaps and didn’t make any catches as Atlanta lost to the Jets 22-10.

    Matt Simms, QB —  In the Falcons’ loss to the Jets, Simms had a rough outing. The former Tennessee quarterback was 9-of-19 passing for just 85 yards. Simms was picked off, and it was returned for a touchdown. He also fumbled twice. Former Tennessee defensive linemen Kyle Phillips recovered one of Simms’ fumble for the Jets.

    Baltimore Ravens

    Morgan Cox, LS —  In the Ravens 26-13 win over the Packers, Cox saw action on two field goal attempts, an extra-point attempt, and two punts.

    Buffalo Bills

    Jason Croom, TE —  Croom did not play in the Bills’ 27-14 win over the Panthers due to a hamstring injury. The former Tennessee tight end had returned to practice following the injury, but then he missed Tuesday’s practice because of the same injury.

    Carolina Panthers

    Rashaan Gaulden, DB — Gaulden’s Panthers lost to the Bills, but Gaulden was impressive once again. The Nashville native recorded four tackles and a tackle for a loss on 31 snaps.

    Michael Palardy, K — Palardy had a busy day in the Panthers’ 27-14 loss to the Bills. He punted seven times, one of which went an impressive 73 yards. Palardy averaged 51.3 yards per punt.

    Chicago Bears

    Tyler Bray, QB — Bray had a rough outing for the Bears as he played the entire second half of the 32-13 blowout loss at the hands of the Giants. The former Tennessee quarterback was 6-of-13 for 53 yards.

    Cordarrelle Patterson, WR — Patterson did not play in the Bears’ loss to the Giants.

    Cincinnati Bengals

    Josh Malone, WR — Malone started for the Bengals in the team’s 23-13 loss to the Redskins. He played 35 snaps and caught one pass for 35 yards.

    Cleveland Browns

    Britton Colquitt, P — Colquitt punted three times for an average of 42.3 yards per punt in the Browns’ 21-18 win over the Colts. He had a long of 43 yards and pinned two punts inside the 20-yard line.

    Dallas Cowboys

    Jason Witten, TE — Witten started and played 10 snaps in his first game back with the Cowboys after retiring and sitting out last season. In the Cowboys’ 14-10 win over the Rams, Witten caught one pass for 10 yards.

    Denver Broncos

    Ja’Wuan James, OL — According to Pro Football Focus, James received the fourth-highest grade of any Bronco on Monday Night as Denver fell to the 49ers 24-15. James graded out at a 75.6.

    AJ Johnson, LB — Johnson recorded two tackles in the Broncos’ loss to San Francisco.

    Detroit Lions

    Justin Coleman, DB — Coleman started at safety for the Lions in Detroit’s 30-23 loss to the Texans. He recorded two tackles in 19 snaps.

    Jalen Reeves-Maybin, LB — Reeves-Maybin was impressive in 25 snaps for Detroit. The former Tennessee linebacker made five tackles, recorded a tackle for a loss, and broke up a pass.

    Houston Texas

    Zach Fulton, OL — Fulton started at center for the Texans in their 30-23 win over the Lions.

    Trevor Daniel, P —Daniel punted twice in Houston’s win. One punt went 37 yards, while the other went 40 yards.

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    Ethan Wolf, TE — The Jaguars signed Wolf last Sunday, and in his first game with the team, he played 16 snaps in Jacksonville’s 24-10 loss to the Eagles.

    Kansas City Chiefs

    Kahlil McKenzie, OL — McKenzie played 30 snaps at right guard in the Chiefs 17-7 loss to the Steelers. He was called for holding and a false-start.

    Dustin Colquitt, P — Colquitt punted three time for Kansas City, averaging 44.0 yards per punt. He had a long of 55 yards.

    Los Angeles Rams

    John Kelly, RB — Kelly carried the ball five times for 11 yards in the Rams’ 14-10 loss to the Cowboys. He also caught a pass for 9 yards.

    Miami Dolphins

    Preston Williams, WR — Williams continues to impress in Dolphins training camp, though he didn’t have as strong of a second game as his first in the preseason. Against Tampa Bay in Miami’s 16-16 loss, the former Tennessee transfer turned Colorado State receiver caught one pass for 7 yards.

    New England Patriots

    Jakob Johnson, FB — Johnson laid the boom in his 25-snap performance in the Patriots’ 22-17 win over the Titans. Along with putting a Tennessee player on their back on a New England touchdown run, Johnson hauled in a pass for 9 yards.

    New Orleans Saints

    Alvin Kamara, RB — Playing in just two possessions, Kamara carried the ball four times for 15 yards on 10 snaps.

    Colton Jumper, LB — New Orleans beat the Chargers 19-17 thanks to a game-sealing interception from Jumper. It would have been a pick-six had it not been called back due to a penalty on the play. Jumper also tallied four tackles and a tackle for a loss on 32 snaps.

    Shy Tuttle, DT — Tuttle was impressive once again for the Saints, recording 2.0 tackles for a loss on 23 snaps.

    New York Jets

    Kyle Phillips, DE — Phillips had an impressive showing in New York’s 22-10 win over the Falcons. Not only did Phillips recover a fumble, but he recorded three tackles and a tackle for a loss on 31 snaps.

    Matt Darr, P — Darr punted the ball three times for an average of 42.7 yards per punt. He had a long of 50 yards and pinned two punts inside the 20-yard line.

    Oakland Raiders

    Nathan Peterman, QB — The former Tennessee transfer turned Pittsburgh quarterback was a perfect 8-of-8 for 41 yards in the Raiders’ 33-26 win over the Cardinals.

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    Josh Dobbs, QB — Dobbs started week one of the preseason, but he came off the bench in the Steelers’ 17-7 win over the Chiefs during week two. The former Tennessee quarterback was 6-of-11 for 95 yards and threw an interception.

    Ramon Foster, OL — Foster started at left guard for the Steelers and played 30 snaps.

    Cameron Sutton, DB — Sutton recorded two tackles and a tackle for a loss on 45 snaps. On Tuesday, though, ESPN declared Sutton the MVP of Steelers training camp. 

    Daniel McCullers, DT — McCullers played eight snaps and did not record any statistics.

    Philadelphia Eagles

    Derek Barnett, DE — Barnett did not make an appearance in the Eagles’ 24-10 win over the Jaguars.

    Malik Jackson, DL — Jackson started for his new team and played 13 snaps. He did not record any statistics.

    Alex Ellis, TE — After being cut by the Titans, Ellis was picked up by the Eagles and played 24 snaps in his Philadelphia debut.

    San Francisco 49ers

    Emmanuel Moseley, DB — Moseley made two tackles as San Francisco defeated Denver on Monday night.

    Jalen Hurd, WR — After an impressive debut in the preseason, the former Tennessee running back turned Baylor wide receiver did not catch a pass in the 49ers’ win over the Broncos on Monday night. He was targeted once.

    Tennessee Titans

    LaTroy Lewis, LB — Lewis made a tackle and was credited for a hurry on the quarterback on 27 snaps for the Titans in the team’s loss to the Patriots.

    Jordan Williams, DL — Williams is on the reserve list for the Titans.

    Quart’e Sapp, LB – After being invited to Titans mini-camp during the offseason, Tennessee signed the former Vols linebacker on Monday afternoon.



    Ben McKee
    Ben McKee is a graduate from the University of Tennessee and has a degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. He grew up an Army brat and lived in Alabama for a bit, but he bleeds orange. He covers Tennessee football, basketball, baseball, and the Lady Vols for RTI, and he's also a co-host on the RTI Live Show and RTI Podcast. You can also hear Ben on the morning sports radio show "The Swain Event." He's the producer and co-host along with former Vol wide receiver Jayson Swain.