It was another solid week of action for former Tennessee Volunteers in the NFL. A rising star receiver had a milestone game while an established veteran announced his return from injury and clogged the stats.
The VFLs’ two most successful offensive games both took place in Atlanta, where the Falcons welcomed the Los Angeles Chargers to Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
On one side was Joshua Palmer, sophomore. Palmer, who was acquired by the Chargers in the third round, made big promises early in his career but broke out in the ATL, posting three-digit numbers in the receiving yards column for the first time in his career, equaling 106 as of Sunday afternoon.
While he may not have scored, his game certainly propelled the West Coast club to victory as he came through in the clutch and connected with Justin Herbert for a 22-yard tie finish with just 34 seconds remaining in the game. Just two games later, Cameron Dicker drilled the game-winning field goal with no time on the clock to send the visitors home a winner.
On the other touchline, Cordarrelle Patterson returned from a four-game IR stint with a rage, nabbing two quick touchdowns for Atlanta. In his 10th year in the league, the speedy VFL has found his calling as a running back for the Falcons.
Once a utility man, Patterson is just six yards away from 1,000 rushing yards with the Falcons, having amassed just 914 in his first eight years in the league. He has also found the end zone eleven times from the backcourt in the last two seasons.
Alontae Taylor continues to make waves as a rookie in New Orleans. After being prevented from starting the season through injury, Taylor has started three straight games and posted a season-best five tackles against Baltimore on Monday night. The second-round pick has yet to post a 50+ percent completion rate on passes thrown in his path and gave up just three completions on eight goals in prime time against the Ravens. For the year opponents complete only 8 out of 24 attempts (0.333) in his direction.
Derek Barnett – DE – Eagles
Matthew Butler – DT – Raiders
In his third game of the season, he scored a tackle
Marquez Callaway – WR – Saints
Fetched 24 yards in three passes in Monday Night Football against Baltimore
Morgan Cox – LS – Titans
Had 11 snaps in prime time Sunday night in Kansas City and had eight punts, two extra points and two field goals in an overtime fight
Theo Jackson – DB – Vikings
Made his second tackle in as many weeks in Minnesota’s victory over the Commanders
Ja’Wuan James – OL – Ravens
Jacob Johnson – FB – Raiders
Logged 13 offensive snaps in Jacksonville but failed the block for the first time this season
Velus Jones Jr – WR – Bears
Alvin Kamara – RB – Saints
Had 62 total offensive yards on Monday Night Football and amassed 30 on the ground and 32 in the air
Jonathan Kongbo – DE – Broncos
Recorded another game played that blocked on punt in Cincinnati
Khalil McKenzie – OL – Ravens
Joshua Palmer – WR – Chargers
Finished for the first time in his pro career for 100 yards and mustered 106 yards on eight receptions, including a 25-yard catch, in a 20-17 win on the road in Atlanta
Cordarrelle Patterson – WR – Falcons
Activated from injured reserve and made an immediate impression, scoring two rushing touchdowns and gaining 44 rushing yards while amassing nine receiving yards against the Los Angeles Chargers
Jalen Reeves-Maybin – LB – Texans
Posted a tackle against Philadelphia on Thursday night
Trey Smith – OL – Bosses
He saw the field on all 101 offensive snaps in Kansas City’s 20-17 overtime win over the Titans
Alontae Taylor – CB – Saints
Stout in the New Orleans secondary, who hit a season-high with five tackles against Baltimore Monday night while adding a broken pass, his fifth of the season
Darrell Taylor – DE – Seahawks
Shy Tuttle – DL – Saints
Kendal Vickers – DE – Raiders
Played in Jacksonville but didn’t record stats