The New England Patriots are making some small moves on the undrafted free agent side, and their latest move was to sign former Purdue Boilermakers running back Akeem Shavers. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently waived Shavers, and the Patriots have taken the opportunity to scoop the athletic back off of waivers and potentially add him to the practice squad.
Shavers isn’t a known commodity by any means, and he only had 292 career carries in college. But he was a quality back for Purdue and averaged 4.8 yards per carry for the Big Ten squad. At Purdue’s pro day, Akeem Shavers lit up the forty yard dash with a scorching 4.35 time, and he also showed off that aforementioned athletic ability with a 40-inch vertical.
I don’t know how or where Shavers fits in as a UDFA signing for the New England Patriots, because the Pats have a crowded backfield that is teetering on “stacked” after the acquisition of LeGarrette Blount from the Buccaneers. Shavers is another back who has fallen from the Bucs to the Pats, but he is far less established than the former 1,000-yard rusher. I mean, Shavers didn’t even have an illustrious college career, though he was certainly good at Purdue.
But with that kind of speed and athleticism, it’s worth taking a look at Shavers and seeing if he can fit in as a project player on the Patriots practice squad.
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