VFL in the NFL Update: Malone called up, Wolf to Colts, McCullers to Bears, Croom released

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By Vince Ferrara / @VinceSports

Here are the transactions in the NFL after Week 2 of the NFL season involving University of Tennessee players in moves announced by the National Football League.

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Recent Roster Moves
WR Josh Malone elevated by Jets from practice squad to 53-player roster

WR Josh Malone returned to Jets practice squad

WR Josh Malone elevated by Jets from practice squad to 53-player roster
TE Ethan Wolf signed by Colts to their practice squad
TE Jason Croom released by Bills from their practice squad
DT Dan McCullers released by Steelers from their practice squad

DT Dan McCullers signed by Bears to their active roster (reported by NFL Draft Diamonds)

Tennessee Volunteers On 53-Player NFL Rosters as of 9/23/20 (22)
x = Rookie
AFC East (3)
FB – Jakob Johnson (47) New England Patriots
DE – Kyle Phillips (98) New York Jets
WR – Josh Malone (83) New York Jets
NONE – Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins

AFC North (4)
LS – Morgan Cox (46) Baltimore Ravens
DB – Cameron Sutton (20) Pittsburgh Steelers
QB – Joshua Dobbs (5) Pittsburgh Steelers
P – Dustin Colquitt (4) Pittsburgh Steelers
NONE – Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns

AFC South (1)
OG – Zach Fulton (73) Houston Texans   – Starting RG
NONE – Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

AFC West (3)
ILB – Alexander Johnson (45) Denver Broncos
DE – Kendal Vickers (78) Las Vegas Raiders
TE – Jason Witten (82) Las Vegas Raiders
NONE – Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers

NFC East (2)
DE – Derek Barnett (96) Philadelphia Eagles
DT – Malik Jackson (97) Philadelphia Eagles
NONE – Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins

NFC North (4)
WR – Cordarrelle Patterson (84) Chicago Bears
DT – Dan McCullers (–) Chicago Bears
OLB – Jalen Reeves-Maybin (44) Detroit Lions
P – Britton Colquitt (2) Minnesota Vikings
NONE – Green Bay Packers

NFC South (4)
TE – Luke Stocker (88) Atlanta Falcons
RB – Alvin Kamara (41) New Orleans Saints
DT – Shy Tuttle (99) New Orleans Saints
WR – Marquez Callaway (12) New Orleans Saints – x
NONE – Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC West (1)
CB – Emmanuel Moseley (41) San Francisco 49ers
NONE – Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks

VFL Inactives (11)
OT – Ja’Wuan James (70) Denver Broncos (Opted Out for 2020 season)
P – Michael Palardy (5) Carolina Panthers (Reserve Non-Football Injury List/out for the season/torn ACL)
DE/OLB – Darrell Taylor (58) Seattle Seahawks (Reserve Non-Football Injury List/out minimum of 8 games)
CB – Justin Coleman (27) Detroit Lions (Injured Reserve)
WR – Jauan Jennings (81) San Francisco 49ers (Practice Squad)
LB – Daniel Bituli (49) Los Angeles Rams (Practice Squad)
QB – Tyler Bray (9) Chicago Bears (Practice Squad)
S – Nigel Warrior (39) Baltimore Ravens (Practice Squad)
DT – Reginald “Kahlil” McKenzie (69) Cincinnati Bengals (Practice Squad)
RB – John Kelly (49) Cleveland Browns (Practice Squad)
TE – Ethan Wolf (48) Indianapolis Colts (Practice Squad)

Active UT Players In The NFL By Position (22)
QB – 1
RB – 1
WR – 3
TE – 2
FB – 1
OL – 1
DL – 6
LB – 2
DB – 2
P – 2
PK – 0
LS – 1

Active One-Time Vols That Transferred To Other Schools On NFL Rosters (4)
x = Rookie
TE – Lee Smith (85) Buffalo Bills (Powell HS/U. of Tennessee/Marshall)
P – Tommy Townsend (5) Kansas City Chiefs (U. of Tennessee/Florida) – x
QB – Nathan Peterman (3) Las Vegas Raiders (U. of Tennessee/Pitt)
WR – Preston Williams (18) Miami Dolphins (U. of Tennessee/Colorado St)

Inactives (2)
WR – Jalen Hurd (14) San Francisco 49ers (U. of Tennessee/Baylor) (Reserve/Injured/out for season/torn ACL)
TE – Eli Wolf (87) Baltimore Ravens (U. of Tennessee/Georgia) (Practice Squad) – x

Active Knoxville Area Players That Didn’t Play At UT on NFL Rosters (4)
x = Rookie
WR – Tee Higgins (85) Cincinnati Bengals (Oak Ridge HS/Clemson) – x
P – Chris Jones (6) Dallas Cowboys (Carson-Newman)
WR – Randall Cobb (18) Houston Texans (Alcoa HS/Kentucky)
S – Harrison Smith (22) Minnesota Vikings (Catholic HS/Notre Dame)

Inactives (2)
RB – Nathan Cottrell (31) Jacksonville Jaguars (West HS/Georgia Tech) (Practice Squad) – x
OL – Nate Gilliam (63) Los Angeles Chargers (Farragut HS/Wake Forest) (Practice Squad) – x

Notes and Numbers On UT Players
*22 U. of Tennessee players on expanded active NFL rosters
*11 other players are inactive on practice squads (7) reserve lists (3) or opt-outs (1)
*Pittsburgh and New Orleans have most current UT players with 3
*DL is the largest position represented with 6
*14 of the 32 teams have a UT player on active rosters
*There are 4 players that were once at U. of Tennessee but then transferred
*There are 4 players that didn’t attend UT, but have Knoxville/East TN ties
*1 rookie VFL made the 53-player rosters (Callaway)
*6 players that went to high school in Knoxville area are on 53-player rosters (B. Colquitt, D. Colquitt, L. Smith, H. Smith, R. Cobb, T. Higgins)

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