Back in 2017 the New England Patriots used a third round pick, their 83rd overall selection, on Youngstown State defensive end Derek Rivers. When he was selected Jack Easterby hugged him, and eventually performed his wedding ceremony for him. He was a player that Nick Caserio worked to select back in 2017, and now he is a Houston Texan.
A torn his ACL in joint practices against the Texans cost him his 2017 season, and an injury took away his 2019 season well. He eventually was released by the New England Patriots this season, and was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Rams. Up to this point of his career, Rivers, now age 27, has 2.5 sacks and 6 quarterback hits over the course of 193 defensive snaps.
Rivers’s pro career has been affected by injuries. His progression was delayed. A beloved prospect coming off of injured seasons is the type of player the Texans should target in what maybe a rebuilding year. The optics are the same though. Loved by Easterby. Former Patriot. Selected by New England. Patriots south continues to ride.
It will be interesting to see if Rivers can get over his previous injuries. The door is open for anyone with any sort of pass rushing acumen to come in and compete for playing time. He’ll be a beat reporter delight, and preseason roster hopeful, come this summer.