Patriots waive undrafted rookie RB Akeem Shavers
The 23-year-old Shavers had initially signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after going undrafted out of Purdue in April’s draft. However, he was waived by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on May 6th, before being claimed by the New England Patriots the following day. Shavers also appeared in the New England Patriots’ OTA practices that were open to the media this offseason.
However, Shavers was already deemed to be a long shot to make the New England Patriots’ roster, while competing against Stevan Ridley, Brandon Bolden, Shane Vereen, LeGarrette Blount, and Leon Washington at running back. Shavers was rather seen as a depth player at running back on the current roster.
Now, Shavers has been released twice in his early pro career. However, it may help that remaining on the roster during that time kept Shavers in NFL shape this offseason, which will go a long way in his tryouts with other teams.
The 5-foot-11, 203-pound Shavers appeared in 25 games since transferring to Purdue from Tyler Junior College in 2011. As a senior, Shavers rushed for 871 yards and six touchdowns on 181 carries in 2012. Shavers also caught 18 passes for 370 yards and receiving touchdowns last season.
Shavers will be on waivers for claim until 4 p.m on Thursday.
With an open spot on the roster, the Patriots could potentially sign another running back to add depth to the unit. Following the release of Shavers, the Patriots are down to five players on the running back unit, with Brandon Bolden currently sidelined due to an injury. An additional running back could provide the Patriots some security at the position.