Vince’s View: Foreman signed by Saints, VFL in the NFL total up to 38

By Vince Ferrara

Here is an update on former Vols in the NFL and those with ties to the Knoxville area.

The Saints signed rookie DB Malik Foreman (Tennessee) this week.

There are currently 38 former Vols players in the NFL. One of those players is on injured reserve. Among the 38 are 10 rookies, including 6 drafted this year, all in the first 4 rounds of the NFL Draft. The Pittsburgh Steelers lead the way at the moment with 5 former University of Tennessee players. That’s tied for the most players from one school on any current NFL roster. See the full list and much more below. Defensive line is the position that has the most current players from Tennessee with 7.

I’m tracking daily roster moves that impact this list. I’ll have updates all season long including naming a VFL in the NFL player of the Week during the regular season.

Please check this blog, Vince’s View Powered By Jim Stiles CPA, for revised lists, stats and also plenty on the 2017 Tennessee Volunteers football team.

x = rookie

Tennessee Volunteers Players On Current NFL Rosters as of 8/13/17 (38)
Matt Simms (4) QB – Atlanta Falcons (3rd team)
Morgan Cox (46) LS – Baltimore Ravens
Jason Croom (88) TE – Buffalo Bills (4th team) x
Chris Scott (79) RG – Carolina Panthers (2nd team)
Michael Palardy (5) P/H – Carolina Panthers (2nd team)
Alton “Pig” Howard (17) WR – Chicago Bears (4th team)
Josh Malone (80) WR – Cincinnati Bengals (2nd team) x
Britton Colquitt (4) P/H – Cleveland Browns
Jason Witten (82) TE – Dallas Cowboys (starter)
Jalen Reeves-Maybin (44) OLB – Detroit Lions (2nd team) x
Malik Jackson (97) DT – Jacksonville Jaguars (starter)
Mychal Rivera (81) TE – Jacksonville Jaguars (3rd team)
Alex Ellis (48) TE – Jacksonville Jaguars (4th team)
Eric Berry (29) SS – Kansas City Chiefs (starter)
Zach Fulton (73) C/G – Kansas City Chiefs (2nd team)
Tyler Bray (4) QB – Kansas City Chiefs (2nd team)
Dustin Colquitt (2) P/H – Kansas City Chiefs
Ja’Wuan James (70) RT – Miami Dolphins (starter)
Matt Darr (4) P/H – Miami Dolphins
Justin Coleman (22) CB – New England Patriots (2nd team)
Corey Vereen (59) DE – New England Patriots (Reserve/Injured List) x
Alvin Kamara (41) RB – New Orleans Saints (3rd team) x
Tony McDaniel (76) DT – New Orleans Saints (starter)
Malik Foreman (35) CB – New Orleans Saints (5th team) x
Jordan Williams (79) DE – New York Giants (3rd team)
Cordarrelle Patterson (84) WR/KR – Oakland Raiders (2nd team WR/starter KR)
LaTroy Lewis (46) SLB – Oakland Raiders (3rd team) x
Derek Barnett (96) DE – Philadelphia Eagles (2nd team) x
Dallas Thomas (63) LG – Philadelphia Eagles (3rd team)
Joshua Dobbs (5) QB – Pittsburgh Steelers (3rd team) x
Ramon Foster (73) LG – Pittsburgh Steelers (starter)
Daniel McCullers (93) NT – Pittsburgh Steelers (2nd team)
Cam Sutton (20) CB – Pittsburgh Steelers (3rd team) x
Justin Hunter (11) WR – Pittsburgh Steelers (3rd team)
Robert Ayers (91) DE – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (starter)
Luke Stocker (88) TE – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3rd team)
James Stone (67) C – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3rd team)
Austin Johnson (46) FB/TE – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4th team)

Knoxville Area Players In The NFL Currently That Didn’t Attend UT or Finished College Elsewhere (6)
Nathan Peterman (2) QB – Buffalo Bills (4th team) *Tennessee/Pittsburgh x
Chris Jones (6) P/H – Dallas Cowboys *Carson-Newman
Randall Cobb (18) WR/PR – Green Bay Packers (starter) *Alcoa HS/Kentucky
Harrison Smith (22) FS – Minnesota Vikings (starter) *Catholic HS/Notre Dame
Kevin Snead (84) WR – New York Giants (5th team) *Carson-Newman x
Lee Smith (86) TE – Oakland Raiders (starter) *Powell HS/Marshall

Teams Without Any Players From UT Or The Area (10)
LA Rams
NY Jets
San Francisco

Coaches/Staff/Front Office With U. of Tennessee or Knoxville Ties (10)
Zach Azzanni – WR coach (Bears)
Jim Bob Cooter – OC (Lions)
Derek Dooley – WR coach (Cowboys)
Marion Hobby – DL coach (Jaguars)
Tom Myslinski – Strength & Conditioning coach (Jaguars)
Sal Sunseri – LB coach (Raiders)
Reggie McKenzie – GM (Raiders)
Raleigh McKenzie – Player Personnel (Raiders)
Joey Clinkscales – Scout (Raiders)
Mike Bajakian – QB coach (Buccaneers)

Recent NFL Players That Are Currently Free Agents (11)
Kyler Kerbyson (OL) Tennessee
Curt Maggitt (OLB) Tennessee
Rajion Neal (RB) Tennessee
Marquez North (WR) Tennessee
Brian Randolph (S) Tennessee
Dan Williams (DT) Tennessee
Jacques McClendon (OL) Tennessee
Montori Hughes (DT) *UT then UT-Martin
Garrett Reynolds (OL) *North Carolina
Davis Tull (OLB) *Chattanooga
Jerome Felton (FB) *Furman

Current U. of Tennessee Players Only By Position (38)
QB – 3
RB – 1
WR – 4
TE – 5
FB – 1
OL – 6
DL – 7
LB – 2
DB – 4
P – 4
PK – 0
LS – 1

Most Players From One College On Current NFL Rosters (All With 5)
Steelers – Tennessee
Texans – Clemson
Colts – Ohio State
Jaguars – Miami
Vikings – UCLA
Eagles – West Virginia
Raiders – Florida State
Buccaneers – Florida State

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