Derek Rivers is a defensive end who was selected in the third round this year by the New England Patriots. He was their top pick in the draft. However, they will most likely need to wait an entire year to see what this kid has got. This is because Derek Rivers was injured in his knee during a practice that the Patriots were having with the Houston Texans. The injury is thought to require surgery that will keep Rivers out of action until 2018. However, an exact diagnosis has not yet been made. Rivers was the 83rd player selected. He is a graduate of Youngstown State University.
One of the reasons that New England decided to draft Rivers with their top pick is because they need a lot of help at the defensive end position. The injury means that the Patriots will have to scramble in order to fill the void. It is unclear if the Patriots will get their defensive end replacement from inside the organization or sign another free agent. Patriots head coach and de facto general manager Bill Belichick never likes to comment about these types of personnel moves. Therefore, the media will most likely not find out about it until a move has already been made by the Patriots.
Belichick praised the efforts that Rivers had been giving so far in practice and in the first preseason game of the year. He said that Rivers has very good speed and is able to pick up certain moves of the opposing team’s offensive line. This allows him to get around the defense and get to the QB more easily. It remains to be seen how he will be able to deal with NFL offensive lines in a real game. However, Belichick believes that the future is bright for the young man. He will just need to be patient and let his knee heal before he can get back into action.
Despite the setback, the Patriots appear ready to once again lay waste to the rest of the NFL. It is true that Tom Brady is 40 years old. However, Father Time has not bothered him at all. He is in tremendous shape and is looking forward to once again leading the team that won the Super Bowl last year. The playoffs are already a foregone conclusion for the Patriots. The other teams in their division are simply not in their class.
The extent of the injury that Rivers suffered will be revealed to the media in the coming days. He remained positive and upbeat about his injury when talking to the media. He said that he is anxious to get back on the field and prove to the Patriots that they made a smart decision when they drafted him. The odd thing about the injury to Rivers is that it did not occur when he was playing defense. He was hurt while participating in a kickoff coverage drill. This just proves that serious injuries can happen at any time.
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