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42 former U. of Tennessee players on 25 NFL rosters; 7 more from Knoxville area

Former University of Tennessee and current Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson
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Here is an updated list of former University of Tennessee players (42) currently on official NFL rosters at the midway point of the preseason.

Within that total of 42 former Vols, I’ve included “one-time Vols” (4) that finished their careers at other schools. You’ll also find a list of other players in the NFL from Knoxville or nearby (7.) Plus, in this post are the teams (7) that do not have a former Tennessee player currently on their rosters. That’s a total 49 players in the NFL that are local to the Knoxville area.

Below in the list of players are current depth chart positions and jersey numbers for each player below, so as you watch preseason games and look for them, you can spot those players easier.

Key dates to remember:
August 26 – Clubs must reduce their rosters to a maximum of 75 players on the active list.
August 30 - Clubs must reduce their rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the active list.
August 31 – Clubs can establish a practice squad of 8 players.

Feel free to use this as your Vols and local player in the NFL viewing guide. Things will change, so check back for frequent updates.

Kansas City Chiefs
Eric Berry (29) Starting SS
Dustin Colquitt (2) Starting P
Zach Fulton (73) Starting RG
Tyler Bray (9) 3rd team QB

Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning (18) Starting QB
Britton Colquitt (4) Starting P
Malik Jackson (97) 2nd team LDE

New Orleans Saints
Parys Haralson (98) 2nd team OLB
Robert Meacham (17) Starting WR
Austin Johnson (35) Starting FB

Oakland Raiders
Mychal Rivera (81) 2nd team TE
Denarius Moore (17) 3rd team WR
Jarrod Shaw (74) 3rd team C

Pittsburgh Steelers
Ramon Foster (73) Starting LG
Dan McCullers (74) 3rd team NT
Tauren Poole (38) 4th team RB

Indianapolis Colts
Montori Hughes (94) 2nd team NT *UT-Martin
Da’Rick Rogers (16) 3rd team WR *Tennessee Tech
Nu'Keese Richardson (3) 6th team WR *Pikeville

Miami Dolphins
Ja’Wuan James (72) Starting RT
Dallas Thomas (70) Starting RG

Minnesota Vikings
Cordarrelle Patterson (84) Starting XWR & KR
Antonio Richardson (78) 2nd team LT

Dallas Cowboys
Jason Witten (82) Starting TE
Dontavis Sapp (45) 3rd team MLB

Atlanta Falcons
James Stone (62) 3rd team C
Jacques Smith (45) 4th team DE

Tennessee Titans
Justin Hunter (15) Starting WR

St. Louis Rams
Scott Wells (63) Starting C

Arizona Cardinals
Dan Williams (92) Starting NT

New England Patriots
Jerod Mayo (51) Starting ILB

Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacques McClendon (66) Starting RG

Seattle Seahawks
Tony McDaniel (99) Starting LDT

Houston Texans
Arian Foster (23) Starting RB

Baltimore Ravens
Morgan Cox (46) Starting LS

Carolina Panthers
Chris Scott (75) 2nd team RG

New York Giants
Robert Ayers (91) 2nd team LDE

New York Jets
Matt Simms (5) 3rd team QB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Luke Stocker (88) Starting TE

Detroit Lions
Alex Bullard (60) 3rd team LG

Green Bay Packers
Rajion Neal (34) 5th team RB

Buffalo Bills
Bryce Brown (35) 4th team RB *Kansas State

Teams Currently With No Former Vols (7)
San Francisco 49’ers
Chicago Bears
Washington Redskins
Philadelphia Eagles
San Diego Chargers
Cleveland Browns
Cincinnati Bengals

Non-UT Players From The Knoxville Area (7)
Minnesota Vikings
Harrison Smith (22) Starting FS *Catholic HS/Notre Dame
Jerome Felton (42) 2nd team FB/HB *Sequoyah HS/Furman

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

Jacksonville Jaguars
Terrance Cobb (38) 5th team RB *Fulton HS/Cumberlands

Baltimore Ravens
D.J. Roberts (49) 4th team OLB *Austin East HS/UT-Martin

Buffalo Bills
Lee Smith (85) Starting TE *Powell HS/Marshall

Dallas Cowboys
Chris Jones (6) Starting P *Carson-Newman

*21 of the 42 former Vols in the league right now are in starting positions on their depth charts. 4 more local area players are in starting positions at the moment.

Former Vols By Division
AFC East = 5
AFC North = 4
AFC South = 6
AFC West = 10
NFC East = 3
NFC North = 4
NFC South = 7
NFC West = 3

Released since the start of the preseason camp
Michael Palardy (6) P & K (released 8/8)

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