List of VFLs in the NFL entering final week of preseason; depth chart positions, recent moves

List of VFLs in the NFL entering final week of preseason; depth chart positions, recent moves

By Vince Ferrara / @VinceSports

Here’s an updated list of University of Tennessee players in the National Football League after the 2nd roster cutdown in the 2022 preseason, from 85 to 80 players.

You’ll also see a list of players that were once at UT as well as other Knoxville area players that played at other schools.

I’ve included depth chart listings from either the team’s “unofficial” depth chart or Ourlads’ reported depth charts.

That’s all below now, and often, here on my blog “Vince’s View.”

Recent Transactions
*One-time Vols LB DeAndre Johnson waived by Dolphins (8/23)
*One-time Vols TE Eli Wolf waived by Packers (7/22); signed by Commanders (8/7); placed on IR (8/22)
*Knoxville area OL Nathan Gilliam waived by Steelers (8/16); signed by Bengals (8/19)
*VFL WR Josh Malone waived by Titans (8/16)
*Knoxville area RB Nathan Cottrell waived/injured by Jaguars (8/7); added to IR (8/8); waived injury settlement (8/16)
*VFL DB Bryce Thompson waived by Saints (8/10); added to IR (8/11); waived injury settlement (8/15)
*VFL DB Micah Abernathy signed by Packers (8/10)
*VFL rookie DB Kenneth George Jr. waived by Titans (8/9)
*VFL TE Alex Ellis waived by Cardinals from the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list (7/26)
*One-time Vols OL Jahmir Johnson waived by Packers in injury settlement (July)
*One-time Vols DL Savion Williams waived by Jets (Summer)

*VFL Kahlil McKenzie is back on offense with the Ravens, working at guard
*There’s one additional VFL in the NFL not on a roster – TE Ethan Wolf (Saints) on IR
*One-time Vols TE Eli Wolf is in the NFL with Washington, but on IR and not on an expanded roster
*18 of 32 teams have a VFL on their roster
*There are 8 ex-Vols that finished college at others schools currently on NFL teams
*There are 9 Knoxville-area players that did not attend UT currently on NFL teams

Tennessee Volunteers On Expanded NFL Rosters as of 8/25/22 (28)
x = rookie
AFC East (0)
NONE – Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets

AFC North (5)
OT – Ja’Wuan James (71) Baltimore Ravens (2nd team LT)
DT – Kahlil McKenzie (69) Baltimore Ravens (3rd team RG)
QB – Joshua Dobbs (15) Cleveland Browns (3rd team QB)
RB – John Kelly (41) Cleveland Browns (6th team RB)
DB – Cameron Sutton (20) Pittsburgh Steelers (Starting RCB)
NONE – Cincinnati Bengals

AFC South (3)
LB – Jalen Reeves-Maybin (34) Houston Texans (3rd team OLB)
LS – Morgan Cox (46) Tennessee Titans (LS)
DB – Theo Jackson (29) Tennessee Titans-x (2nd team S)
NONE – Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars

AFC West (6)
DE – Jonathan Kongbo (90) Denver Broncos (3rd team SLB)
OL – Trey Smith (65) Kansas City Chiefs (Starting RG)
FB – Jakob Johnson (45) Las Vegas Raiders (FB)
DT – Kendal Vickers (95) Las Vegas Raiders (3rd team DT)
DL – Matthew Butler (73) Las Vegas Raiders-x (3rd team DT)
WR – Joshua Palmer (5) Los Angeles Chargers (2nd team WR)
NONE – 0

NFC East (1)
DE – Derek Barnett (96) Philadelphia Eagles (2nd team DE)
NONE – Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Commanders

NFC North (2)
WR – Velus Jones Jr. (12) Chicago Bears-x (2nd team WR/PR/KR)
DB – Micah Abernathy (46) Green Bay Packers (3rd team S)
NONE – Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings

NFC South (6)
WR – Cordarrelle Patterson (84) Atlanta Falcons (Starting RB)
OL – Cade Mays (64) Carolina Panthers-x (3rd team RG)
RB – Alvin Kamara (41) New Orleans Saints (Starting RB)
DT – Shy Tuttle (99) New Orleans Saints (Starting DT)
WR – Marquez Callaway (1) New Orleans Saints (2nd team WR)
CB – Alontae Taylor (27) New Orleans Saints-x (2nd team RCB)
NONE – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC West (5)
WR – JaVonta Payton (32) Arizona Cardinals-x (4th team Slot WR)
CB – Emmanuel Moseley (4) San Francisco 49ers (Startinf LCB)
WR – Jauan Jennings (15) San Francisco 49ers (2nd team WR)
DE – Darrell Taylor (52) Seattle Seahawks (Starting OLB)
CB – Justin Coleman (24) Seattle Seahawks (2nd team CB)
NONE – Los Angeles Rams

Injured Reserve List – VFLs (Not on 80-Player Roster)
TE – Ethan Wolf (Saints)

VFL Free Agents – Recently in NFL
TE – Jason Croom
DT – Malik Jackson
P – Michael Palardy
DE – Kyle Phillips
DB – Nigel Warrior
LB – Alexander Johnson
P – Dustin Colquitt
TE – Luke Stocker
QB – Tyler Bray
TE – Alex Ellis
DB – Kenneth George Jr.-x
WR – Josh Malone
CB – Bryce Thompson

One-Time Vols That Transferred To Other Schools On NFL Rosters (6)
QB – Jarrett Guarantano (16) Arizona Cardinals (U. of Tennessee/Washington)-x (4th team QB)
QB – Nathan Peterman (14) Chicago Bears (U. of Tennessee/Pitt) (3rd team QB)
WR – Brandon Johnson (89) Denver Broncos (U. of Tennessee/UCF)-x (3rd team WR)
P – Tommy Townsend (5) Kansas City Chiefs (U. of Tennessee/Florida) (Starting P)
WR – Preston Williams (18) Miami Dolphins (U. of Tennessee/Colorado St) (2nd team WR)
RB – Ty Chandler (32) Minnesota Vikings (U. of Tennessee/North Carolina)-x (4th team RB/3rd team KR)

Active Knoxville Area Players That Didn’t Play At UT on NFL Rosters (9)
WR – Tee Higgins (85) Cincinnati Bengals (Oak Ridge HS/Clemson) (Starting WR)
OG – Nate Gilliam (66) Cincinnati Bengals (Farragut HS/Wake Forest) (4th team RG)
LB – Devin Harper (50) Dallas Cowboys (Karns HS/Oklahoma St.)-x (3rd team MLB)
WR – Randall Cobb (18) Green Bay Packers (Alcoa HS/Kentucky) (Starting Slot WR)
WR – Amari Rodgers (8) Green Bay Packers (Catholic HS/Clemson) (2nd team Slot WR/Starting PR/2nd team KR)
QB – Trevor Lawrence (16) Jacksonville Jaguars (Born in Knoxville, did not go to HS locally/Clemson) (Starting QB)
OL – Darian Kinnard (75) Kansas City Chiefs (Grew up in Knoxville, did not go to HS locally/Kentucky)-x (2nd team RG)
S – Harrison Smith (22) Minnesota Vikings (Catholic HS/Notre Dame) (Starting S)
OG – Cole Strange (69) New England Patriots (Farragut HS/Chattanooga)-x (Starting LG)

Injured Reserve List – Non VFLs (Not on 80-Player Roster)
TE – Eli Wolf – Commanders (U. of Tennessee/Georgia)

Non-VFL Free Agents Recently In NFL
WR – Jalen Hurd (U. of Tennessee/Baylor)
TE – Daniel Helm (U. of Tennessee/Duke)
OL – Marcus Tatum (U. of Tennessee/UCF)-x
RB – Nathan Cottrell (West HS/Georgia Tech)
OL – Jahmir Johnson (U. of Tennessee/Texas A&M)-x
DL – DeAndre Johnson (U. of Tennessee/Miami)-x
DL – Savion Williams (U. of Tennessee/Florida A&M)-x

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Arlington, TX – September 27, 2021 – AT&T Stadium: Ezekiel Elliott (21) of the Dallas Cowboys and Derek Barnett (96) of the Philadelphia Eagles during a Monday Night Football game. (Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images)