BREAKING NEWS: New England Patriots Sign Ex-Vikings 4th Round Pick
The New England Patriots have signed former Minnesota Vikings 2016 fourth round OL Willie Beavers to the practice squad and have released LB Trevor Bates.
Beavers did not influence the Vikings to initial roster in his rookie season, a big red flag for a fourth round pick, however signed with the practice squad and was promoted back to the active roster before the end of September. He got less than stellar scores from Pro Football Focus as one of the most noticeably awful tackle prospects leaving college.
He was continually going to be a work in progress, however, so the Patriots will check whether offensive line mentor Dante Scarnecchia can shape him into a contributor.
Bates offers adaptability on the edge and at linebacker, alongside special teams experience, however the Patriots acquired Marquis Flowers, pushing Bates considerably additionally down the depth chart. At the point when Shea McClellin comes back from the injured reserve in the middle of the year, Bates won’t have a role in New England, so maybe the Patriots are giving him a chance to discover an open door somewhere else or possibly he’ll be back with the Patriots at some future point.