The New England Patriots now have two open slots on the 90-man roster and are back to 88 men after releasing undrafted free agent running back Akeem Shavers yesterday. The former Purdue Boilermakers star previously found himself released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this offseason, and we’ll see if the undrafted rookie can find a spot on a third team. Shavers’s release comes after OTAs, so maybe the Patriots didn’t like what they saw. Or, maybe, they just feel like they have enough at running back, as the Pats are already set for a pretty big training camp battle there between Brandon Bolden and former Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount. Both backs are talented, so there is a good chance the Patriots end up with five running backs on the 53-man roster.
Shavers rushed for 871 yards and six touchdowns last season for Purdue, but he’s now been released by both the Bucs and Greg Schiano’s friend Bill Belichick. I doubt Shavers ends up making a 53-man roster this upcoming season, but it will be interesting to see if he can latch onto somebody’s practice squad. A third team will bring him in on the 90-man, but who?
More importantly, do the Patriots go after another depth running back to make it six? I think there is a strong chance of that happening, but I’m not sure which free agent (most likely a UDFA) fits. Whatever the case, a new RB has an extremely low chance of making the Patriots final roster crunchdown. But, then again, the aforementioned Bolden was an undrafted free agent out of Ole Miss when he impressed the Pats coaching staff and made the roster right out of camp.