Roster movement surrounding a legendary former Vol made the headlines of Tennessee football players in the NFL leading up to the slate of pro games over the Christmas weekend. Then the weekend came, and quite a few players for Rocky Top stood out.
Our recap in the pros will include stars, those who played significantly, those who saw limited action and those who played on special teams. Let’s start, though, with news of the week along with those who ended up not playing.
The biggest Tennessee football Volunteers star in the pros in recent years had another typical performance this past weekend.
News of the week
Joshua Dobbs signs with Tennessee Titans
It’s the third team of the year for the former Tennessee football quarterback. Joshua Dobbs was released from the Detroit Lions practice squad and signed with the Tennessee Titans. He was also on the active roster for their game against the Houston Texans.
Did not play
Jarrett Guarantano – QB – Denver Broncos
Joshua Dobbs – QB – Tennessee Titans
Two former Vols were on active rosters but didn’t play. However, ineptitude by the starters on those teams may give them a chance. Jarrett Guarantano saw the Los Angeles Rams beat the Denver Broncos 51-14. Joshua Dobbs watched the Houston Texans beat the Titans 19-14.
Inactive former Vols
Matthew Butler – DL – Las Vegas Raiders
After appearing in three straight games, the rookie from Tennessee football was inactive as the Las Vegas Raiders lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 13-10. Perhaps they could have used him.
Injured former Vols
Derek Barnett – DE -Philadelphia Eagles
A torn ACL in the opener ended Derek Barnett’s season.
Emmanuel Moseley – DB – San Francisco 49ers
Just like Derek Barnett, Emmanuel Moseley is out with a torn ACL he suffered against the Carolina Panthers.
Ja’Wuan James – OL – Baltimore Ravens
In this year’s opener, Ja’Wuan James suffered a torn achilles. That has resulted in his second straight season-ending injury.
Former Vols on practice squads
Micah Abernathy – DB – Green Bay Packers
Alexander Johnson – LB – Seattle Seahawks
John Kelly – RB – Cleveland Browns
Jonathan Kongbo – DE – Denver Broncos
Khalil McKenzie – OL – Baltimore Ravens
Kendal Vickers – DL – Buffalo Bills