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Vols in the NFL: How former Tennessee players fared Week 3

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The NFL is full-steam ahead with plenty of former Tennessee football players seeing action throughout the league. Rocky Top Insider takes a look at how the former Vols performed over the weekend during Week 3 of the NFL season.

Atlanta Falcons

Luke Stocker, TE — Stocker received one target from Matt Ryan and made the most of it as he recorded one catch for six-yards in Atlanta’s 30-26 loss to the Bears.

Baltimore Ravens

Morgan Cox, LS —The Ravens lost to the Chiefs 34-20 on Monday Night Football as Cox served as Baltimore’s long snapper. Cox is in his 10th season in Baltimore. He signed a five-year contract extension on March 7, 2016.

Nigel Warrior, S — Warrior is currently on the Ravens’ practice squad after an outstanding training camp in which he nearly made the team’s 53-man roster.

Buffalo Bills

Jason Croom, TE — Croom is currently on the Bills’ practice squad. Croom caught 22 passes for 259 yards and one touchdown for Buffalo in 2018 after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent. He missed last season with a hamstring injury, however. Buffalo initially cut Croom before bringing him back on their practice squad to begin this season.

Carolina Panthers

Michael Palardy, P — Palardy is out for the season with a torn ACL he suffered during the offseason. Palardy has been the Panthers’ punter since midway through the 2016 season.

Chicago Bears

Cordarrelle Patterson, RB/WR — Patterson didn’t catch any passes in the Bears comeback win over the Falcons, but rushed the football four times for 13 yards. He returned three kickoffs for an average of 30.3 yards per return. Patterson’s longest return went for 40-yards.

Tyler Bray, QB — Despite being cut by Chicago at the end of training camp, Bray was brought back and signed to the practice squad. This is year No. 3 with the Bears for Bray. He spent five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs before joining the Bears.

Daniel McCullers, DT — McCullers was claimed off of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad last week by the Bears, but he was not active for Sunday’s game against the Falcons.

Cincinatti Bengals

Kahlil McKenzie, DL — McKenzie is currently on the Bengals’ practice squad after being cut by the Seahawks over the offseason. The Chiefs drafted him in the sixth round of the 2018 draft as an offensive lineman, but after a year in Kansas City, was cut by the organization. He had a brief stint in the XFL before he was signed then released by the Seahawks. The Bengals brought him in last month to play him on the defensive line, where he played at Tennessee, and he stuck in the organization after not making the 53-man roster.

Cleveland Browns

John Kelly, RB — Kelly is currently on the Browns’ practice roster after being cut by the Los Angeles Rams at the end of training camp. Kelly was drafted by the Rams in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. The former Vol running back has 30 career carries in the NFL for 83 yards. He’s made two catches.

Denver Broncos

Alexander Johnson, ILB — Johnson had three tackles in Denver’s 28-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Broncos are now 0-3 on the season.

Ja’Wuan James, OL — James chose to opt out of the 2020 football season. The former Vol right tackle cited COVID-19 concerns following the birth of his son. After beginning his career with the Dolphins, James signed a four-year, $51 million deal with Denver. $32 million was guaranteed. He played in just three games during his first year in Denver due to a knee injury he suffered in the season opener.

Detroit Lions

Justin Coleman, DB — Coleman is currently on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury he suffered in the Lions’ Week 1 loss to the Bears. The earliest Coleman could return from injured reserve would be against the Jaguars in Week 6 because Detroit is off in Week 5.

Coleman had one pass defensed before leaving the Week 1 game. In 17 games with the Lions, he has made 54 tackles with one interception, 14 pass breakups and three forced fumbles.

Jalen Reeves-Maybin, LB — Though Coleman was not available, Reeves-Maybin played and recorded one tackle in Detroit’s first win of the season — a 26-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Houston Texas

Zach Fulton, OL — Fulton started at right guard for the Texans in Houston’s 28-21 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Texans only rushed for 29 yards on the afternoon. They averaged 1.9 yards per carry.

Las Vegas Raiders

Jason Witten, TE — Witten was active for the Raiders in their 36-20 loss to the Patriots over the weekend, but he did not record any stats.

Kendal Vickers, DE — Vickers was not active for the Raiders against the Patriots.

Los Angeles Rams

Daniel Bituli, LB — Bituli is currently on the Rams’ practice squad.

Minnesota Vikings

Britton Colquitt, P — Colquitt punted the ball three times for an average of 44.0 yards per punt in the Vikings’ 31-30 loss to the Tennessee Titans. His longest on the day traveled 53-yards and one punt was downed inside of the 20-yard line.

New England Patriots

Jakob Johnson, FB — A week after catching his first career touchdown, Johnson caught one pass in the Patriots win over the Raiders. It went for six-yards. The starting fullback for New England did not carry the football.

New Orleans Saints

Alvin Kamara, RB — Kamara was marvelous once again for the Saints. On Sunday Night Football against the Packers, Kamar had 13 catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns. He carried the ball six times for 58 yards. New Orleans lost to Green Bay 37-30.

Marquez Callaway, WR — Callaway was active for the second consecutive week and though he did not receive any targets, he delivered a key block on one of Kamara’s touchdown runs.

Shy Tuttle, DT — Tuttle did not record any stats, but was active and received some playing time after not being active the first two weeks of the season.

New York Jets

Kyle Phillips, DE — In the Jets’ 36-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Phillips had one tackle.

Josh Malone, WR — Malone was active in the Jets loss and played 38 snaps, but did not record a catch.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Josh Dobbs, QB — Dobbs was not active for Pittsburgh’s 28-20 win over the Texans.

Dustin Colquitt, P — Colquitt punted the football four times for an average of 44.25 yards per punt. His longest punt traveled 48-yards and one punt was downed inside of the 20-yard line.

Cameron Sutton, DB — Sutton was active for the Steelers on Sunday, but did not record any stats.

Philadelphia Eagles

Derek Barnett, DL — Barnett was terrific as the Eagles tied the Bengals 23-all. He had four tackles, two sacks and two tackles for a loss.

Malik Jackson, DL — Jackson consistently pressured Joe Burrow alongside Barnett. Jackson finished with two tackles, a 0.5 and a 0.5 tackle for loss.

San Francisco 49ers

Emmanuel Moseley, DB — Moseley recorded one tackle as one of San Francisco’s starting corners in the 49ers’ 36-9 win over the New York Giants.

Jauan Jennings, WR — Jennings is currently on the 49ers’ practice squad after he did not make the 53-man roster out of training camp.

Jalen Hurd, WR — Hurd tore his ACL during training camp and will not play in 2020.

Seattle Seahawks

Darrell Taylor, OLB/DE — Taylor is currently on the Non-Football Injury (NFI) list as he’s still working back from a leg injury. The former Vol pass rusher played through a stress fracture in his shin during his senior season at Tennessee and underwent surgery on it in January. Taylor started training camp on the NFI list.

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