NFL Week 1 matchups for VFLs, one-time Vols and locals

Broncos LB Alexander Johnson / Credit: UT Athletics

By Vince Ferrara / @VinceSports

Thursday night brought us the exciting release of the 2020 NFL Schedule.

Below, I’ve included the potential Week 1 NFL matchups involving the 38 current University of Tennessee players.

This is best case scenario if each VFL on the current expanded rosters makes the final roster and is active for Week 1’s games.

I’ve also added the 8 one-time UT players that finished their careers elsewhere as well as 4 players from the Knoxville area that did not play for the Vols but are noteworthy.

All 16 games in Week 1 currently have at least one of the noteworthy players described above.

I’ll continue tracking the VFLs in the NFL here on my blog, “Vince’s View.”

(All Times Eastern)
x = rookies

Thursday, September 10, 2020
Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs (Thu) 8:20pm NBC
OG – Zach Fulton (73) Houston Texans
(Local Non-Vol) WR – Randall Cobb (–) Houston Texans (Alcoa HS/Kentucky)
(Ex-Vol) P – Tommy Townsend (–) Kansas City Chiefs (U. of Tennessee/Florida) – x

Sunday, September 13, 2020
Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons 1:00pm FOX
OG – Kahlil McKenzie (62) Seattle Seahawks
DE – Darrell Taylor (–) Seattle Seahawks – x
TE – Dominick Wood-Anderson (–) Seattle Seahawks – x

Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens 1:00pm CBS
LS – Morgan Cox (46) Baltimore Ravens
S – Nigel Warrior (–) Baltimore Ravens – x
(Ex-Vol) TE – Eli Wolf (–) Baltimore Ravens (U. of Tennessee/Georgia) – x

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills 1:00pm CBS
WR – Josh Malone (83) New York Jets
DE – Kyle Phillips (98) New York Jets
TE – Jason Croom (80) Buffalo Bills
(Ex-Vol) TE – Lee Smith (85) Buffalo Bills (Powell HS/U. of Tennessee/Marshall)

Las Vegas Raiders at Carolina Panthers 1:00pm CBS
DE – Kendal Vickers (–) Las Vegas Raiders
TE – Jason Witten (82) Las Vegas Raiders
(Ex-Vol) QB – Nathan Peterman (3) Las Vegas Raiders (U. of Tennessee/Pitt)
P – Michael Palardy (5) Carolina Panthers

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions 1:00pm FOX
QB – Tyler Bray (9) Chicago Bears
WR/KR – Cordarrelle Patterson (84) Chicago Bears
CB – Justin Coleman (27) Detroit Lions
OLB – Jalen Reeves-Maybin (44) Detroit Lions

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00pm CBS
QB – Joshua Dobbs (1) Jacksonville Jaguars

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings 1:00pm FOX
P – Britton Colquitt (2) Minnesota Vikings
(Local Non-Vol) S – Harrison Smith (22) Minnesota Vikings (Catholic HS/Notre Dame)

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots 1:00pm CBS
(Ex-Vol) WR – Preston Williams (18) Miami Dolphins (U. of Tennessee/Colorado St)
FB – Jakob Johnson (47) New England Patriots

Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins 1:00pm FOX
DE – Derek Barnett (96) Philadelphia Eagles
TE – Alex Ellis (85) Philadelphia Eagles
DT – Malik Jackson (97) Philadelphia Eagles

Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals 4:05pm CBS
(Local Non-Vol) WR – Tee Higgins (–) Cincinnati Bengals (Oak Ridge HS/Clemson) – x

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 4:25pm FOX
RB – Alvin Kamara (41) New Orleans Saints
DT – Shy Tuttle (99) New Orleans Saints
LB – Colton Jumper (51) New Orleans Saints
WR – Marquez Callaway (–) New Orleans Saints – x

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers 4:25pm FOX
DE – Jonathan Kongbo (61) San Francisco 49ers
CB – Emmanuel Moseley (41) San Francisco 49ers
WR – Jauan Jennings (81) San Francisco 49ers – x
(Ex-Vol) TE – Daniel Helm (43) San Francisco 49ers (U. of Tennessee/Duke)
(Ex-Vol) WR – Jalen Hurd (14) San Francisco 49ers (U. of Tennessee/Baylor)

Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams 8:20pm NBC
(Local Non-Vol) P – Chris Jones (6) Dallas Cowboys (Carson-Newman)
RB – John Kelly (42) Los Angeles Rams
TE – Ethan Wolf (84) Los Angeles Rams
LB – Daniel Bituli (–) Los Angeles Rams – x

Monday, September 14, 2020
Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants (Mon) 7:15pm ESPN
NT – Dan McCullers (93) Pittsburgh Steelers
CB – Cameron Sutton (20) Pittsburgh Steelers
(Ex-Vol) DE – Dewayne Hendrix (–) Pittsburgh Steelers (U. of Tennessee/Pitt)
DB – Rashaan Gaulden (38) New York Giants

Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos (Mon) 10:10pm ESPN
OLB – Jordan Williams (40) Tennessee Titans
OT – Ja’Wuan James (70) Denver Broncos
ILB – Alexander Johnson (45) Denver Broncos

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