7 U. of Tennessee players cut by NFL teams, 4 returned to practice squads; full list, depth charts with rosters down to 53

7 U. of Tennessee players cut by NFL teams, 4 returned to practice squads; full list, depth charts with rosters down to 53

By Vince Ferrara / @VinceSports

Here’s an updated list of University of Tennessee players in the National Football League after the final cutdown deadline to 53-player rosters and then the signing of players to practice squads.

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 will be updated often, here on my blog “Vince’s View.”

Transactions (all 8/30 – final cuts)
*VFL rookie DB Theo Jackson waived by Titans
*VFL rookie WR JaVonta Payton waived by Cardinals
*VFL DB Justin Coleman waived by Seahawks
*VFL OL Kahlil McKenzie waived by Ravens
*VFL RB John Kelly waived by Browns
*VFL DE/OLB Jonathan Kongbo waived by Broncos
*One-time Vols QB Jarrett Guarantano waived by Cardinals
*One-time Vols QB Nathan Peterman waived by Bears
*One-time Vols WR Preston Williams waived by Dolphins
*Knoxville product OL Nate Gilliam waived by Bengals
*One-time Vols WR Brandon Johnson laced on IR by Broncos

Transactions (all 8/31)
*VFL rookie DB Theo Jackson signed to practice squad by Titans
*VFL DB Micah Abernathy waived by Packers
*VFL OL Kahlil McKenzie signed to practice squad by Ravens
*VFL RB John Kelly signed to practice squad by Browns
*VFL DE/OLB Jonathan Kongbo signed to practice squad by Broncos
*One-time Vols QB Nathan Peterman signed to practice squad by Bears
*Knoxville product OL Nate Gilliam signed to practice squad by Bengals

*There are 21 VFLs on 53-player rosters at the moment
*There are 4 more VFLs on practice squads
*There’s 1 other VFL on IR
*15 of 32 teams have a VFL on their rosters
*10 VFLs are listed as starters on their depth charts
*Once again the Saints have the most VFLs on active rosters with 4
*There are 2 ex-Vols that finished college at others schools currently on NFL teams
*There are 8 Knoxville-area players that did not attend UT currently on NFL teams

Tennessee Volunteers On Expanded NFL Rosters as of 9/1/22 (21)
x = rookie
AFC East (0)
NONE – Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets

AFC North (3)
OT – Ja’Wuan James (71) Baltimore Ravens (2nd team LT)
QB – Joshua Dobbs (15) Cleveland Browns (2nd team QB)
DB – Cameron Sutton (20) Pittsburgh Steelers (Starting RCB)
NONE – Cincinnati Bengals

AFC South (2)
LB – Jalen Reeves-Maybin (34) Houston Texans (3rd team WLB)
LS – Morgan Cox (46) Tennessee Titans (LS)
NONE – Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars

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

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

NFC North (1)
WR – Velus Jones Jr. (12) Chicago Bears-x (Starting Slot WR/Starting PR/2nd team KR)
NONE – Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

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

NFC West (3)
CB – Emmanuel Moseley (4) San Francisco 49ers (Starting LCB)
WR – Jauan Jennings (15) San Francisco 49ers (Starting WR)
DE – Darrell Taylor (52) Seattle Seahawks (Starting WLB)
NONE – Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams

VFLs on Practice Squads (Not on 53-Player Roster)
DB – Theo Jackson-x – Titans
RB – John Kelly – Browns
OL/DL – Kahlil McKenzie – Ravens
OLB/DE – Jonathan Kongbo – Broncos

Injured Reserve List – VFLs (Not on 53-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
WR – Josh Malone
CB – Bryce Thompson
DB – Justin Coleman
DB – Micah Abernathy
DB – Kenneth George Jr.-x
WR – JaVonta Payton-x

One-Time Vols That Transferred To Other Schools On NFL Rosters (2)
P – Tommy Townsend (5) Kansas City Chiefs (U. of Tennessee/Florida) (P)
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 (8)
WR – Tee Higgins (85) Cincinnati Bengals (Oak Ridge HS/Clemson) (Starting WR)
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/Starting 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 RT)
S – Harrison Smith (22) Minnesota Vikings (Catholic HS/Notre Dame) (Starting SS)
OG – Cole Strange (69) New England Patriots (Farragut HS/Chattanooga)-x (Starting LG)

Non-VFL Practice Squads (Not on 53-Player Roster)
QB – Nathan Peterman – Bears (U. of Tennessee/Pitt)
OG – Nate Gilliam – Bengals (Farragut HS/Wake Forest)

Injured Reserve List – Non VFLs (Not on 53-Player Roster)
TE – Eli Wolf – Commanders (U. of Tennessee/Georgia)
WR – Brandon Johnson – Broncos (U. of Tennessee/UCF)-x

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
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
QB – Jarrett Guarantano (U. of Tennessee/Washington)-x
WR – Preston Williams (U. of Tennessee/Colorado St)
RB – Nathan Cottrell (West HS/Georgia Tech)

Check back for updates as roster moves are made.

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This is a 2021 photo of Justin Coleman of the Miami Dolphins NFL football team. This image reflects the Miami Dolphins active roster as of June 14th, 2021 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)