28 Tennessee Vols in NFL as 2022 season starts, 22 on active rosters plus 15 more with UT/local ties

28 Tennessee Vols in NFL as 2022 season starts, 22 on active rosters plus 15 more with UT/local ties

By Vince Ferrara / @VinceSports

Here’s an updated list of University of Tennessee players in the National Football League as the 2022 season begins.

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 (since 9/1)
*VFL DB Justin Coleman resigned by Seahawks (9/1)
*VFL DB Micah Abernathy signed to practice squad by Packers (9/2)
*One-time Vols WR Preston Williams signed to practice squad by Panthers (9/5)
*One-time Vols WR Brandon Johnson waived from IR by Broncos (9/6)
*One-time Vols QB Jarrett Guarantano signed to practice squad by Cardinals (9/7)

*There are 28 VFLs in the NFL
*5 of those VFLs are on practice squads
*1 VFL is on IR
*17 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 6 ex-Vols that finished college at others schools currently with NFL teams
*There are 9 Knoxville-area players that did not attend UT currently with NFL teams

Tennessee Volunteers In The NFL as of 9/8/22 (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)
*OL/DL – Kahlil McKenzie (Practice Squad) Baltimore Ravens
QB – Joshua Dobbs (15) Cleveland Browns (2nd team QB)
*RB – John Kelly (Practice Squad) Cleveland Browns
DB – Cameron Sutton (20) Pittsburgh Steelers (Starting RCB)
NONE – Cincinnati Bengals

AFC South (3)
LB – Jalen Reeves-Maybin (34) Houston Texans (3rd team WLB)
LS – Morgan Cox (46) Tennessee Titans (LS)
*DB – Theo Jackson (Practice Squad) Tennessee Titans-x
NONE – Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars

AFC West (6)
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)
*OLB/DE – Jonathan Kongbo (Practice Squad) Denver Broncos

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

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

NFC South (7)
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)
*TE – Ethan Wolf (Injured Reserve) New Orleans Saints
NONE – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC West (4)
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)
DB – Justin Coleman (28) Seattle Seahawks (3rd team LCB)
NONE – Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams

One-Time Vols That Transferred To Other Schools On NFL Rosters (6)
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)
*QB – Nathan Peterman (Practice Squad) Chicago Bears (U. of Tennessee/Pitt)
*WR – Preston Williams (Practice Squad) Carolina Panthers (U. of Tennessee/Colorado St)
*QB – Jarrett Guarantano (Practice Squad) Arizona Cardinals (U. of Tennessee/Washington)-x
*TE – Eli Wolf (Injured Reserve) Washington Commanders (U. of Tennessee/Georgia)

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)
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)
*OG – Nate Gilliam (Practice Squad) Cincinnati Bengals (Farragut HS/Wake Forest)

Check back for updates as roster moves are made.

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Saints WR Marquez Callaway / Credit: UT Athletics