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Patriots waive rookie RB Akeem Shavers

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The Patriots waived rookie running back Akeem Shavers on Wednesday.

The 5-foot-11, 203-pound Shavers signed with the Buccaneers after the draft, but he was waived on May 6. The Pats were assigned him on waivers.

Shavers, 23, rushed for 871 yards and six touchdowns on 181 carries for Purdue in 2012. He also caught 18 passes for 370 yards and three scores.

Shavers faced stiff competition for a roster spot in New England, which has Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden, LeGarrette Blount and Leon Washington at running back. Though he’s been released twice in his pro career, Shavers now at least has some exposure to the NFL. What’s more, being in NFL shape can’t hurt him as he tries to catch on elsewhere.

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4 Responses to “Patriots waive rookie RB Akeem Shavers”
  1. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 5, 2013 7:12 PM

    At best he was a training camp body not likely to make the team, but he got a little experience and if the Pats suffer some RB injuries he might get signed to the practice squad

  2. u4iadman says: Jun 5, 2013 8:34 PM

    It’s the Pats though…

  3. Ridley Me This says: Jun 6, 2013 2:59 AM

    I can’t believe they violated another player’s human rights like that.

    Here’s hoping the tyranny of the Patriots cutting people stops here.

  4. bestbitter says: Jun 6, 2013 9:13 AM

    This is the type of back Houston or Washington could turn into a 750 yard change of pace back.

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