FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced today that they have signed G Willie Beavers to the practice squad and released LB Trevor Bates from the practice squad.
Beavers, 23, was originally drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft (121st overall) out of Western Michigan. The 6-foot-5, 322-pounder, played in two games last season for the Vikings. He was released by Minnesota on Sept. 2.