Well, Bill Belichick showed during the draft that he’s a fan of players from Rutgers university. It also looks like he’s found an NFL team he likes taking players from as well. That team would be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Last season, he traded for Aqib Talib, and also traded Jeff Demps in exchange for LeGarrette Blount from the Buccaneers. Looks like he isn’t done as they claimed RB Akeen Shavers off waivers from the Buccaneers as well.
Shavers, who attended Purdue, played at Redwater HS in Texas, which is about 15 miles away from Patriots QB Ryan Mallett’s high school . In his senior season at Purdue in 2012, the 23-year-old Shavers rushed for 871 yards and six touchdowns on 181 carries. He also had 370 yards receiving off 18 receptions, and nine total touchdowns. He averaged just a little under 4.8 yards per carry during his college career. At 5’10, 198 pounds, he could be a versatile change-of-pace back in the NFL. The Buccaneers waived him Monday after agreeing to terms with him a week earlier.
He suffered a knee injury in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year’s Day, which likely affected his overall draft status.
Shavers was an underrated prospect coming out of college, which the injury had something to do with it. But, He’s got his work cut out for him as he’ll have to overcome some healthy competition first.
Also, some more news regarding recently cut RB Quentin Hines (torn labrum) cleared waivers and was placed on injured reserve, per the NFL’s transaction wire. He doesn’t count against the 90 player limit for the off-season.