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VFLs in NFL Week 9: Josh Dobbs Leads Incredible Comeback, Byron Young Fills Stat Sheet

Byron Young, LA Rams DE // Photo via @RamsNFL Twitter

Week 9 of the NFL season has officially concluded.

Thirty former Vols are on rosters this NFL season, representing 20 different teams. Twenty saw action in Week 9.

See how each VFL fared in this past weekend’s action below.

S Micah Abernathy – Atlanta Falcons

Recorded two solo tackles against the Vikings in Atlanta’s 31-28 loss. The VFL played 24 percent of defensive snaps and 79 percent of special teams snaps.

DE Derek Barnett – Philadelphia Eagles

Was inactive in Philadelphia’s 28-23 win over Dallas at home.

DT Matthew Butler – Las Vegas Raiders

On the practice squad.

LS Morgan Cox – Tennessee Titans

Snapped for three field goal attempts, three punts and one extra point in the Titans’ 20-16 loss to the Steelers on the road last Thursday on Thursday Night Football. All field goal and extra point tries were successful.

QB Joshua Dobbs – Minnesota Vikings

Dobbs entered the game in the first half for quarterback Jaren Hall, who started but sustained a concussion early on.

Dobbs went on to have his best game of the season and led Minnesota to a huge comeback win over Atlanta, 31-28.

Dobbs completed 20 of 30 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing seven times for 66 yards and another score. Dobbs also lost two fumbles in the game.

Some highlights of Dobbs’ clutch performance are below.

For more on Dobbs’ crazy week of getting traded to Minnesota from Arizona, then playing the majority of the game despite having been with the team for just four days, then pulling off an improbable comeback win, see below.

Josh Dobbs’ Vikings Win Gets Crazier and Crazier With Postgame Videos and Stories

Josh Dobbs Leads Improbable Game-Winning Drive After Replacing Injured Quarterback

TE/FB Princeton Fant – Dallas Cowboys

On the practice squad.

QB Hendon Hooker – Detroit Lions

Inactive as he remains on the NFI list still rehabbing his ACL injury.

WR Jalin Hyatt – New York Giants

Remained involved as a top option in the Giants’ passing game, catching two of five targets for 19 yards. Hyatt also fumbled but teammate Wan’Dale Robinson recovered it. Hyatt played 59 percent of offensive snaps.

Hyatt’s production will likely take a turn for the worse moving forward as Giants starting quarterback Daniel Jones tore his ACL, and backup Tyrod Taylor is still on IR. Tommy DeVito or Matt Barkley will be the Giants’ starting quarterback moving forward.

S Theo Jackson – Minnesota Vikings

Recorded one tackle in the Vikings’ win over Atlanta. Jackson played 25 percent of defensive snaps as a reserve defensive back and 70 percent of special teams snaps.

WR Jauan Jennings – San Francisco 49ers


LB Alexander Johnson – Miami Dolphins

On the practice squad.

FB Jakob Johnson – Las Vegas Raiders

Was inactive as he dealt with a concussion he sustained last week against the Chargers.

WR/PR Velus Jones Jr. – Chicago Bears

Did not catch his only target in the Bears’ seven-point loss to New Orleans on the road. Jones did make a special teams tackle and played 54 percent of special teams snaps compared to 15 percent of offensive snaps.

RB Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints

Kamara had his worst game to date this season, logging just nine carries for 26 yards and catching four passes on five targets for 44 yards in the Saints’ win over Chicago.

Kamara also played a season-low 49 percent of offensive snaps, but he is still one of the main focal points in New Orleans’ offense.

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RB John Kelly Jr. – Cleveland Browns

On practice squad.

OL Cade Mays – Carolina Panthers

Did not play an offensive snap in the Panthers’ 27-13 loss to Indianapolis and played 11 percent of special teams snaps (three total).

CB Emmanuel Moseley – Detroit Lions


WR Joshua Palmer – Los Angeles Chargers

Did not play as he was placed on IR with a knee injury before the Chargers’ Monday Night Football game against the Jets. The earliest Palmer can return is Week 13.

RB Cordarrelle Patterson – Atlanta Falcons

Recorded one carry for no yards and caught his lone target for three yards in the Falcons’ three-point loss to the Vikings. Patterson played 13 percent of offensive snaps and 18 percent of special teams snaps, but did not return a kick.

DE Kyle Phillips – New Orleans Saints

Was inactive for the Saints’ matchup against the Bears in which they won 24-17.

LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin – Detroit Lions


OG Trey Smith – Kansas City Chiefs

Played 100 percent of offensive snaps at starting right guard and 12 percent of special teams snaps in the Chiefs’ 21-14 win over the Dolphins in Germany.

CB Cameron Sutton – Detroit Lions


CB Alontae Taylor – New Orleans Saints

Logged two tackles and one pass deflection in the Saints’ win over Chicago. Taylor played 69 percent of defensive snaps and eight percent of special teams snaps in the win as a reserve defensive back.

It was only the fourth game of the season Taylor did not start (Weeks 1, 2, 6 and 9).

DE Darrell Taylor – Seattle Seahawks

Started for the second straight week but didn’t have near the production as last week. Taylor tallied one tackle and played 62 percent of defensive snaps along with 26 percent of special teams snaps in Seattle’s blowout 37-3 loss to the Ravens on the road.

WR Cedric Tillman – Cleveland Browns

Was active for the first time since October 1 against the Ravens and caught one pass for three yards in the Browns’ 27-0 blowout win over the Cardinals at home.

Tillman did see a career-high snap share as he played 74 percent of offensive snaps and four percent of special teams snaps.

DL Shy Tuttle – Carolina Panthers

Recorded three tackles, two solo, and a pass deflection in Carolina’s loss to the Colts. Tuttle played 52 percent of defensive snaps and 18 percent of special teams snaps as a starting defensive tackle for the Panthers.

OT Darnell Wright – Chicago Bears

Played 100 percent of offensive snaps as the starting right tackle for the Bears in their loss to New Orleans.

DT Kendal Vickers – Buffalo Bills

On the practice squad.

DE Byron Young – Los Angeles Rams

Young had a massive game despite the Rams’ 20-3 loss to the Packers on the road. Young made a career-high 10 tackles, eight solo, one TFL, sacked Jordan Love twice to improve his season total to five sacks, logged one QB hit, and forced a fumble for the second time this season.

Young played 85 percent of offensive snaps as a starting defensive end for the Rams in the defeat.

The VFL’s incredible rookie season continues to get better.

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