Ellis released, Lewis signed; Update on 31 VFLs in the NFL and Week 5 UT match-ups

By Vince Ferrara / @VinceSports

Here’s a complete list of University of Tennessee players in the National Football League as the 2018 season heading into Week 5 of the NFL season.

I’ve included some notes, jersey numbers and depth chart positions of VFLs in the NFL. You will also see the list of players with local ties to the Knoxville area or didn’t end their college careers there.

I’ll update this list throughout the year here on my blog “Vince’s View” driven by Oak Ridge Nissan, so bookmark my blog page and check back often.

Tennessee Vols NFL Notes This Week
-TE Alex Ellis was released by the Chiefs (noted as injured)
-LB LaTroy Lewis was signed by the Titans to their practice squad
-7 Offense/Defense Starters in Week 4 were: Derek Barnett, Ramon Foster, Ja’Wuan James, Zach Fulton, Alvin Kamara, Malik Jackson, Luke Stocker
-1 active that DNP in Week 4 was: Josh Dobbs
-6 de-actives from Week 4 were: Eric Berry, Kahlil McKenzie, Alex Ellis, John Kelly, Alexander Johnson, Justin Hunter
-Currently 31 U. of Tennessee players on NFL teams
-26 of the 31 are on 53-player rosters (4 practice squad/1 IR)
-6 VFL rookies are in the NFL right now (3 draft picks)
-Pittsburgh has the most UT players with 5
-DB & OL are the largest position of VFLs in the league right now with 5
-21 of the 32 teams have a UT player
-24 of the 32 have a UT player or a local player

Tennessee Volunteers On NFL Teams as of 10/4/18 (31) x = rookie
Baltimore Ravens
Morgan Cox (46) LS (LS)

Buffalo Bills
Jason Croom (80) TE (2nd team TE)

Carolina Panthers
Michael Palardy (5) P (P/H)
Rashaan Gaulden (28) DB (2nd team FS)-x

Chicago Bears
Tyler Bray (9) QB (practice squad)
James Stone (74) OL (practice squad)

Cincinnati Bengals
Josh Malone (80) WR (2nd team WR)

Cleveland Browns
Britton Colquitt (4) P (P/H)

Denver Broncos
Alexander Johnson (45) LB (3rd team ILB)-x

Detroit Lions
Jalen Reeves-Maybin (44) LB (2nd team OLB)

Houston Texans
Zach Fulton (73) OL (starting RG)
Trevor Daniel (8) P (P/H)-x

Jacksonville Jaguars
Malik Jackson (97) DT (starting DT)

Kansas City Chiefs
Eric Berry (29) S (starting SS)
Dustin Colquitt (2) P (P/H)
Kahlil McKenzie (66) OG (2nd team LG)-x

Los Angeles Rams
John Kelly (42) RB (4th team RB)-x

Miami Dolphins
Ja’Wuan James (70) OT (starting RT)

New England Patriots
Cordarrelle Patterson (84) WR (2nd team WR, starting KR)

New Orleans Saints
Alvin Kamara (41) RB (starting RB)

New York Giants
Jordan Williams (79) DL (reserve/injured)

Philadelphia Eagles
Derek Barnett (96) DE (starting DE)

Pittsburgh Steelers
Ramon Foster (73) OG (starting LG)
Daniel McCullers (93) NT (2nd team NT)
Cameron Sutton (20) DB (2nd team RCB)
Joshua Dobbs (5) QB (2nd team QB)
Justin Hunter (11) WR (2nd team RWR)

San Francisco 49ers
Emmanuel Moseley (41) CB (practice squad)-x

Seattle Seahawks
Justin Coleman (28) DB (2nd team LCB)

Tennessee Titans
Luke Stocker (88) TE (starting TE)
LaTroy Lewis (45) LB (practice squad)

Teams Without Any Players On Current Expanded Rosters From UT (11)
Dallas *
Green Bay *
LA Chargers
Minnesota *
NY Jets
Tampa Bay
*Do have a local player

UT Players In The NFL By Position (31)
QB – 2
RB – 2
WR – 3
TE – 2
FB – 0
OL – 5
DL – 4
LB – 3
DB – 5
P – 4
PK – 0
LS – 1

Knoxville Area Players/Finished College Elsewhere (6) x = rookie
Buffalo Bills
Nathan Peterman (2) QB *Tennessee/Pittsburgh (starting QB)

Dallas Cowboys
Chris Jones (6) P *Carson-Newman (starting P/H)

Green Bay Packers
Randall Cobb (18) WR *Alcoa HS/Kentucky (starting WR)

Minnesota Vikings
Harrison Smith (22) S *Catholic HS/Notre Dame (starting FS)

Oakland Raiders
Lee Smith (86) TE *Powell HS/Marshall (2nd team TE)

Philadelphia Eagles
Dorren Miller (–) WR *Carson-Newman (Practice Squad)

(All times eastern)
(26 VFLs on 53-players rosters are in parentheses)
Bye: Chicago, Tampa Bay

Thursday, October 4
Indianapolis at New England, 8:20 PM (FOX/NFLN/Amazon) (Patterson-NE)

Sunday, October 7
Denver at New York Jets, 1:00 PM (Johnson-Den)
Atlanta at Pittsburgh, 1:00 PM (Foster/McCullers/Sutton/Dobbs/Hunter-Pit)
Tennessee at Buffalo, 1:00 PM (Stocker-Ten vs. Croom-Buf)
New York Giants at Carolina, 1:00 PM (Gaulden/Palardy-Car)
Miami at Cincinnati, 1:00 PM (James-Mia vs. Malone-Cin)
Baltimore at Cleveland, 1:00 PM (Cox-Bal vs. Colquitt-Cle)
Jacksonville at Kansas City, 1:00 PM (Jackson-Jac vs. Colquitt/McKenzie/Berry-KC)
Green Bay at Detroit, 1:00 PM (Reeves-Maybin-Det)

Arizona at San Francisco, 4:25 PM
Oakland at LA Chargers, 4:05 PM
Minnesota at Philadelphia, 4:25 PM (Barnett-Phi)
LA Rams at Seattle, 4:25 PM (Kelly-LAR vs. Coleman-Sea)

Dallas at Houston, 8:20 PM (NBC) (Fulton/Daniel-Hou)

Monday, October 8
Washington at New Orleans, 8:15 PM (ESPN) (Kamara-NO)

*There are 5 match-ups this week with U. of Tennessee players on both teams among the 26 active VFLs in the league
*5 players are not on active rosters (Williams-NYG-IR, Lewis-Ten, Bray-Chi-PS, Stone-Chi-PS & Moseley-SF-PS) putting the league-wide total of VFLs at 31

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