The New England Patriots officially signed OL Willie Beavers to their practice squad on Tuesday and released LB Trevor Bates from the unit.
The Patriots’ practice squad now consists of:
- OL James Ferentz (Exception)
- RB D.J. Foster
- DL Geno Grissom (Exception)
- WR Cody Hollister
- DB David Jones
- OL Ted Karras (Exception)
- DB Damarius Travis
- WR Demarcus Ayers
- DE Angelo Blackson (Exception)
- OL Willie Beavers
Beavers, 23, is a former fourth-round pick of the Vikings back in 2016. He signed a four-year, $2.87 million contract with the team but wound up being among their final roster cuts coming out of the preseason.
The Vikings later signed him to their practice squad and eventually promoted him to their active roster last season. In 2016, Beavers was active for two games.
During his college career at Western Michigan, Beavers was a three-year starter and a first-team All-MAC as a senior.