VFLs In NFL: Sutton, Patterson Start Season Strong

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    Former Tennessee DB Cameron Sutton on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Photo via @Steelers on Twitter.

    The NFL season is underway with 15 games from the opening weekend in the books. Let’s see how active Vols performed at the highest level of football to open the season.

    VFLs in The NFL — Week One

    New Orleans @ Atlanta

    Alvin Kamara — NO RB

    • Nine carries for 39 yards in 27-26 win
    • Three catches for seven yards
    • 62% of offensive snaps

    Marquez Callaway — NO WR

    • 0 targets
    • 33% of offensive snaps

    Shy Tuttle — NO DT

    • Two tackles
    • 55% of defensive snaps, 22% of special teams stats

    Alontae Taylor — NO CB

    • 88% of special teams snaps

    Cordarrelle Patterson — ATL RB

    • 22 ruches for 120 yards and a touchdown
    • Three catches for 16 yards
    • 65% of offensive snaps, 16% of special teams snaps

    San Fransisco @ Chicago

    Jauan Jennings — SF WR

    • Four catches for 62 yards in 19-10 loss
    • 60% of offensive snaps, 25% of special teams stats

    Emmanuel Moseley — SF CB

    • Two tackles
    • 100% of defensive snaps, 17% of special teams snaps

    Baltimore @ NYJ

    Ja’Wuan James — Bal OT

    • 43% of offensive snaps in 24-9 win
    • Suffered torn achilles

    Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati

    Cameron Sutton — Pit CB

    • Three tackles, one interception and two pass deflections in 23-20 win
    • 99% of defensive snaps, 12% of special teams snaps.

    Philadelphia @ Detroit

    Derek Barnett — Phi DE

    • 17% of defensive snaps, 6% of special teams stats in 38-35 win
    • Suffered torn ACL

    New York Giants @ Tennessee

    Morgan Cox — Ten LS

    • 39% of special teams snaps in 21-20 loss

    Kansas City @ Arizona

    Trey Smith — KC OG

    • 44% of offensive snaps, 11% of special teams snaps in 44-21 win

    Indianapolis @ Houston

    Jalen Reeves-Maybin — Hou LB

    • 0% of defensive snaps, 81% of special teams snaps in 20-20 tie

    Las Vegas @ Los Angelas Chargers

    Josh Palmer — LAC WR

    • Three catches for five yards in 24-19 win
    • 75% of offensive snaps, 4% of special teams stats

    Jakob Johnson — LV FB

    • One reception for one yard
    • 14% of offensive snaps, 29% of special teams stats

    Kendal Vickers — LV DT

    • One tackle
    • 30% of defensive snaps, 29% of special teams snaps

    Denver @ Seattle

    Darrell Taylor — Sea OLB

    • 82% of defensive snaps, 26% of special teams stats in 17-16 win

    Justin Coleman — Sea CB

    • Five tackles
    • 77% of defensive snaps, 47% of special teams snaps
    Ryan Schumpert is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. Ryan spent three years with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program before joining RTI. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.