Vols in the NFL: Former Vols who signed to a practice squad

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    The NFL season begins this upcoming Thursday when the defending Super Bowl Champs, the Kansas City Chiefs, take on the Houston Texans. Opening weekend will continue through the weekend and finish with a doubleheader on Monday Night Football.

    NFL rosters were trimmed down to 53 over the weekend. Several former Vols made NFL rosters. Some, on the other hand, were signed to practice squads throughout the league.

    Here’s a look at which former Tennessee players were signed to a practice squad on Sunday:

    • Jauan Jennings was cut by the team that cut him in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft on Saturday, but the San Francisco 49ers resigned Jennings to the practice squad for the 2020 season.
    • Nigel Warrior impressed during Ravens training camp, but it wasn’t enough to make the Baltimore 53-man roster out of camp. The Ravens signed Warrior to their practice squad, however, along with former Tennessee transfer tight end Eli Wolf.
    • Daniel Bituli originally was originally cut by the Los Angeles Rams on Aug. 1, but was resigned on Aug. 25. The Rams cut him once again over the weekend, but quickly signed Bituli to their practice squad.
    • Tyler Bray is remaining with the Chicago Bears for yet another season. Bray had his contract terminated over the weekend by Chicago, but he finds himself on the practice squad for the third year in a row.
    • Jason Croom spent all of last season injured, but the Bills signed him to the practice squad after cutting him this weekend. Croom caught 22 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown.
    • Josh Malone was cut by the New York Jets and added to the practice squad. Malone was originally drafted by the Cincinatti Bengals in the 2017 NFL Draft.
    • Kahlil McKenzie spent the last couple of seasons as an offensive lineman with the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs. He’ll begin 2020 as a defensive lineman with the Bengals.
    • Daniel McCullers was cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers over the weekend by the organization that drafted him in 2014. The Steelers quickly resigned him to the practice squad.
    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.