LOOK: Saints Show Off VFL Alontae Taylor in Full Uniform

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    Goodbye “2”, Hello “27”

    Former Tennessee defensive back Alontae Taylor is preparing for his rookie season in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints. On Monday morning, the Saints’ official Twitter account dropped a new video of Taylor dressed out in his Saints uniform.

    Less than a week ago, on July 19, Taylor posted a photo to Twitter of himself signing his rookie contract with the Saints.

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    In his final season with Tennessee, Taylor was a force as one of the Vols’ top leaders on the defensive side of the ball. The Manchester, Tennessee native ended his final season with 60 total tackles, 41 solo tackles, six passes defended, one forced fumble, two interceptions, and the first pick-six of his career on the road against Kentucky.

    Taylor was taken out of Tennessee with the No. 49 overall pick in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints.

    In addition to the Saints’ post about Taylor, the organization also posted about another former Tennessee player on Monday in the form of a Happy Birthday post to Alvin Kamara.

    In many ways, the Saints will be the go-to NFL team for Vols in the NFL news this season. The Saints boast five former Tennessee players, including WR Marquez Callaway, RB Alvin Kamara, DB Alontae Taylor, DB Bryce Thompson, and DL Shy Tuttle.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.