Last week in the NFL, the Tennessee alumni didn’t really open the doors with their performances, as Cordarrelle Patterson was the only Vol who had a remarkable stat line. This week, however, the VFLs were delivered. Ranging from Alexander Johnson and Darrell Taylor being forces on the defensive end of the ball to Alvin Kamara and Marquez Callaway having great days for New Orleans, there was a lot of great performances to be had. But the aforementioned Johnson, Taylor, Kamara and Callaway deserve the spotlight in this week’s “VFL Standouts”
LB Alexander Johnson, Broncos
Johnson, who has had a productive start to the 2021 season, arguably had the best game of his career on Sunday against the Jets. The Tennessee product had two sacks, five solo tackles and one pass break. Johnson, along with the rest of the Denver defense, wreaked havoc against Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson, excluding them 26-0.
Some of Johnson’s key pieces, along with a post-game interview, can be seen below. (Via Denver Broncos Twitter)
The VFL Broncos are resting on a comfortable 3-0 record, but their Week 4 game against the Baltimore Ravens and Lamar Jackson at Mile High Stadium will be their toughest test yet. Johnson will be looking to remake the “Dino Dance” to help Denver possibly continue their undefeated year.
BY Darrell Taylor, Seahawks
Taylor was highlighted in Week 1 as an Outstanding VFL, and Week 3 sees the Tennessee product deliver another stellar performance in Seattle’s 30-17 loss to Minnesota. Although the Taylor Seahawks lost, the Hopewell, Va. Native made six total tackles, including five solo, forced the first fumble of his career and sacked Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. in the process. Taylor’s striped bag can be seen below (via RockyTopTalk Twitter):
Taylor now has nine tackles with two sacks in addition to the forced fumble of the year, and the VFL will face division foe San Francisco next Sunday in Santa Clara.
RB Alvin Kamara, Saints
Kamara has always been one of the best full backs in the league since he was a rookie, and the infamous VFL put on a great week against the Patriots in Week 3. Kamara was used as a bell cow in New Orleans’ 28-13 victory over New England. , rushing 24 times for 89 yards. ‘AK’ also showed his double-threat play once again, scoring three catches for 39 yards and one score on his stats line. After a disappointing outing for New Orleans as a whole in Week 2 against the Panthers, the Saints got back on track with the big road win in Week 3, improving their record to 2-1.
Kamara’s Week 3 Touch Take can be seen below. (Via the New Orleans Saints Twitter)
Kamara and the rest of her teammates will return to The Big Easy for a Week 4 game against the New York Soccer Giants, winless.
WR Marquez Callaway, Saints
Continuing the New Orleans theme, one of the highlights for VFLs in the NFL in Week 3 was former Tennessee wide receiver Marquez Callaway, who made his first career NFL touchdown in season. regular. Winston’s throw and seven-yard reception at Callaway was a special play for both players, as Winston made the throw under pressure and Callaway came up and caught the high pass in the back of the end zone. with a defender on him. The acrobatic grip of # 1 is visible below. (Via the New Orleans Saints Twitter)
After a very impressive preseason campaign from Callaway, the start of the regular season saw the VFL start rather slowly, collecting just three catches for 22 yards in the first two weeks. However, Week 3 saw the return of the enticing big playing ability of the Winston and Callaway Connection, and the second-year VFL receiver will be looking to boost his performance when he takes on the Giants in Week 4.
A list of all other active VFLs and their NFL Week 3 stat lines can be found below:
BY Derek Barnett, Eagles- Recorded three tackles to the Cowboys in a 41-21 loss to MNF
CB Justin Coleman, Dolphins- Made three tackles in a 31-28 overtime loss to the Las Vegas Raiders
LS Morgan Cox, Titans- Scored a punt, basket and two more points in a 25-16 win over Division rival Colts
DT Malik Jackson, Browns- Recorded two tackles and a half-sack in a 26-6 win over the Chicago Bears
FB Jakob Johnson, Patriots- Was on the field for 33 snaps in loss to New Orleans
CB Emmanuel Moseley, 49ers- Returning from injury, he made six tackles and defended two assists in a 30-28 loss to the Packers in the SNF thriller
P Michael Palardy, Dolphins- Called for four punts, three of which were down inside the 20 in the loss to the Raiders
WR Josh Palmer, loaders- Snaps recorded but failed to catch a pass in 30-24 win over Chiefs
WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Falcons- Had another impressive outing with Atlanta, capturing six passes for 82 yards and tacking 20 yards rushing on seven attempts in a 17-14 win over the Giants
LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Lions- Recorded four tackles in a season-high 19-17 loss to Baltimore
OL Trey Smith, Chiefs- Played 79 tries at the start at right guard
CB Cameron Sutton, Steelers- Recorded two tackles in a 24-10 loss to the Bengals
DL Shy Tuttle, Saints- Made two tackles in the reserve role in win over Patriots
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