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Patriots release rookie RB Akeem Shavers

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots released rookie RB Akeem Shavers today. Shavers was claimed off waivers and awarded to New England from Tampa Bay on May 7, 2013.

Shavers, 23, originally signed with Tampa Bay as a rookie free agent on April 29 out of Purdue and was released on May 6. The 5-foot-11, 203-pounder played two seasons at Purdue after transferring from Tyler Junior College. Last season, he gained 871 yards rushing on 181 attempts and scored six touchdowns.

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