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DC Defenders Sign LB Chauncey Rivers In UFL Free Agency

The DC Defenders are officially in training camp mode along with the rest of the UFL in Arlington, Texas. Though, that does not mean they are done adding reinforcements to their roster. On Wednesday afternoon, DC signed former Houston Roughnecks OLB Chauncey Rivers, per UFL Analyst on X.

Rivers, former star of Netflix’s ‘Last Chance U’, transferred to Mississippi State after his time portrayed on the show at East Mississippi Community College. Rivers posted impressive numbers at MSU, finishing with 67 tackles (15 TFL) and 7.5 sacks in two seasons.

After going undrafted in 2020, Rivers was picked up by the Baltimore Ravens, where he stayed on the practice squad until the following season when he was waived. Rivers quickly found his way back with the Packers and made the initial 53-man roster. Unfortunately, Rivers suffered a torn ACL midway through the 2021 season cutting his year short.

Rivers most recently played in the XFL last season for the Roughnecks, where he contributed 16 tackles and 2.5 sacks in ten games.

Final Thoughts

Chauncey Rivers joins a stacked DC Defenders edge rushers room that currently includes Davin Bellamy, Trent Harris, Tim Ward, Andre Mintze, and Derrick Roberson. There appears to be a path for Rivers to make the team with tough competition, but the ability to also play special teams is expected to serve a crucial role in roster construction for DC. Something to keep in mind.

DC having the roster space to sign Rivers is most likely due to two spots opening up after OT Kyle Murphy and K Enrique Yenny did not report to training camp. While Murphy’s story is still uncertain, Yenny is reportedly battling personal issues back in Mexico, but expected to report to camp at a later date.

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