The Los Angeles Rams have claimed former New England Patriots defensive end Derek Rivers and will be adding him to the roster this week. The Rams had several openings after placing three players on injured reserve last week.
The Rams claimed former Patriots DE Derek Rivers off of waivers. The move will become official tomorrow with the Rams playing tonight vs. the Bucs.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 23, 2020
The fact that Los Angeles was able to claim Rivers despite being relatively low on the priority order would imply that there weren’t many suitors for the former third round pick who has struggled to even be active for games throughout his career.
The 86th overall pick in 2017 out of Youngstown State, Rivers was seen by many as a potential steal for Bill Belichick. Some would even say “another steal” for Belichick, but this would prove to be both untrue of Rivers and untrue of Belichick, who might actually have one of the worst track records in the draft for any general manager of the last decade. Of course, few general managers get as many opportunities for draft picks as Belichick has had.
Rivers tore his ACL during his first training camp and missed all of his rookie season. He returned to play in six games in 2018, recording two tackles and one sack. Rivers was again injured in the 2019 preseason and sat out the entire year again. He made the team out of training camp in 2020 and through eight games, he has four tackles, four QB hits and 1.5 sacks.
The Rams can mix Rivers into their linebacker depth but it’s not even clear if he can help on special teams; Rivers has only played in 21 career special teams snaps. He may be on the practice squad or back on waivers soon but could give Los Angeles a player to potentially keep around and develop in 2021.