VFLs In NFL: Second Year Players Shine Week Three

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    The NFL season is in full swing as week three is nearly in the books. Let’s see how active Vols performed at the highest level of football in week three.

    Two former Vols found the endzone, a pair of second year players shined and a veteran defensive back made his season debut.

    * Derek Barnett and the Eagles play on Monday Night Football against the Cowboys

    VFLs In The NFL — Week Three

    Indianapolis @ Tennessee

    Morgan Cox — TEN LS

    • 22% of special teams snaps in 25-16 win

    Chicago @ Cleveland

    Malik Jackson — CLE DT

    • Two tackles, one quarterback hit in 26-6 win
    • 82% of defensive snaps, 7% of defensive snaps

    Baltimore @ Detroit

    Jalen Reeves-Maybin — DET LB/ST

    • Four tackles, one tackle for loss, one quarterback hit in 19-17 loss
    • 47% of defensive snaps, 29% of special teams stats

    Los Angeles Chargers @ Kansas City

    Trey Smith — KC OG

    • 100% of offensive snaps, 17% of special teams stats 

    Josh Palmer — LAC WR

    • No touches in the 30-24 win
    • 15% of offensive snaps, 33% of special teams snaps

    New Orleans @ New England

    Alvin Kamara — NO RB

    • 24 rushes for 89 yards in the 28-13 win
    • Three receptions, 29 yards and a touchdown
    • 84% of offensive snaps

    Marquez Callaway — NO WR

    • Four catches for 41 yards and his first career touchdown
    • 61% of offensive snaps

    Shy Tuttle — NO DT

    • Two tackles, one quarterback hit
    • 28% of defensive snaps

    Jakob Johnson — NE FB

    • 12% of offensive snaps, 38% of special teams snaps

    Atlanta @ New York Giants

    Cordarrelle Patterson — ATL RB

    • Seven rushes for 27 yards in 17-14 win
    • Six catches for 82 yards
    • 42% of offensive snaps, 30% of special teams snaps

    Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh

    Cameron Sutton — PIT CB

    • Two tackles in 24-10 loss
    • 100% of defensive snaps, 29% of special teams snaps

    New York Jets @ Denver

    Alexander Johnson — DEN LB

    • Five tackles, two sacks, one pass breakup in 26-0 win
    • 93% of defensive snaps

    Miami @ Las Vegas

    Michael Palardy — MIA Punter

    • Four punts for 185 yards in 31-28 loss

    Justin Coleman — MIA DB

    • Three tackles
    • 30% of defensive snaps, 24% of special teams snaps

    Seattle @ Minnesota

    Darrell Tayler — SEA OLB

    • Six tackles, one sack, one forced fumble in 30-17 loss
    • 49% of defensive snaps, 48% of special teams snaps

    Green Bay @ San Franscico 

    Jauan Jennings — SF WR

    • Zero targets in 30-28 loss
    • 4% of offensive snaps, 4% of special teams snaps

    Emmanuel Mosely — SF DB

    • Six tackles and two pass breakups in his season debut
    • 100% of defensive snaps, 11% of special teams snaps
    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.