A somber Saturday for Tennessee football turned into somewhat of a triumphant Sunday. Despite so many players out due to a bye week, the Vols had a key player return to pick up right where he left off. At the same time, they had another rising superstar burst onto the scene in what could be a sign of things to come.
Our look back on former Vols in the pros from this past weekend included 14 players who saw action in some way this past week. Half saw what we might consider significant action, but again, with four players on a bye, one of whom is a starters and another of whom contribute regularly, that’s not a bad number.
One thing is clear at this point. Running back is the story of Tennessee football in the pros right now given the recent developments. As usual, we’ll look back at the former Vols who were stars of the week, who saw significant action, who played sparingly and who didn’t play. Let’s start with ne developments and bye week players.
A huge return by one former Volunteer headlines Tennessee football’s presence in the pros during Week 9 of 2022.
New England Patriots sign Michael Palardy to practice squad
After a decade of dominating the NFL at the position, Tennessee football finally has a punter in the pros again. Michael Palardy was added to New England Patriots practice squad last week. Palardy last punted for the Miami Dolphins in 2021. Before that, he was with the Carolina Panthers from 2016 to 2019. He punted for the Vols from 2010 to 2013.
Former Vols who had bye week
Cameron Sutton – DB – Pittsburgh Steelers
Jauan Jennings – WR – San Francisco 49ers
Jonathan Kongbo – DE- Denver Broncos
Joshua Dobbs – QB – Cleveland Browns
Darrell Taylor and Cam Sutton are both starters, so this was obviously going to cause a drop-off in former Vols who saw significant action. Jauan Jennings has a track record of seeing real action with the San Francisco 49ers too. However, to be fair, Taylor and Jennings were banged up last week, so their impact would’ve been hard to guess.