Tennessee football Week 3 NFL recap: One veteran is still a star

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Plenty of former Tennessee football players saw a good bit of action this past weekend, but the Vols’ most prominent performer was somebody who has been in the pros since UT had elite talent spread all across NFL rosters. Yes, it was a weekend for veterans when looking at former Vols in the NFL during Week 3.

As we get set to take a look at the players who stood out the most, running backs and defensive backs were also a major focus. Young talent is still trying to break through, but one player who has been budding under the surface may have shown signs of arriving.

Still, a lot of the production was mixed, as some players who saw significant action did it to a detriment. We’ll break down those players, the stars of the week, some who saw limited action and the ones who didn’t play. Let’s start with the injuries in our Week 3 recap for Tennessee football players in the NFL.

The former Tennessee football Volunteers were led by a 10-year veteran in the pros this past week.

Jul 29, 2022; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Alontae Taylor (27) works on defensive drills during training camp at Ochsner Sports Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Players who were hurt

Velus Jones Jr. – WR – Chicago Bears

He is still dealing with a hamstring injury. As a result, Velus Jones Jr., the Chicago Bears third-round NFL Draft pick, is yet to see the field as a rookie. Over the weekend, he saw his team improve to 2-1 with a 23-20 win over the Houston Texans.

Injured reserve

Alontae Taylor – DB – New Orleans Saints

One week after seeing his first real action, the Vols’ highest 2022 NFL Draft pick was back to watching the game. Alontae Taylor suffered a knee injury in practice and didn’t see the field as the New Orleans Saints lost to the Carolina Panthers 22-14 Sunday to fall to 1-2.

Players who are out for the season

Derek Barnett – DE -Philadelphia Eagles

A torn ACL in the opener ended Derek Barnett’s season.

Ja’Wuan James – OL – Baltimore Ravens

For the second straight year, Ja’Wuan James suffered a season-ending injury, this time due to a torn achilles in the opener.

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