Derek Rivers
No. 95 – Houston Texans
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1994-05-09) May 9, 1994 (age 29)
Augusta, Maine, U.S.
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Kinston
(Kinston, North Carolina)
College:Youngstown State
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 3 / Pick: 83
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2021
Total tackles:16
Player stats at · PFR

Derek Rivers (born May 9, 1994) is an American football defensive end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Youngstown State.[1][2]

Early years

Born in Augusta, Maine, Rivers and his family moved to North Carolina when he was five months old.[3] Rivers later attended Kinston High School in Kinston. After high school, he attended Fork Union Military Academy for a year.[4]

College career

Rivers played at Youngstown State from 2013 to 2016. During his career he had a school record 41 career sacks, including 14 as a senior. He accumulated 56.5 tackles for loss, 47 QB hurries and 119 solo tackles in his college career at Youngstown State. As a Senior, Rivers lead one of the top statistically rated defenses in the FCS to the National Championship where they would lose to James Madison University 24-14. Rivers was a three time 1st Team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference performer as well as a two time FCS All-American. Rivers finished his career #5 All-Time in FCS history in career sacks.[5][6][7]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 3+58 in
(1.92 m)
248 lb
(112 kg)
32+34 in
(0.83 m)
9+38 in
(0.24 m)
4.61 s 1.60 s 2.66 s 4.40 s 6.94 s 35 in
(0.89 m)
10 ft 3 in
(3.12 m)
30 reps
All values from NFL Combine[8]

New England Patriots

Rivers was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round, 83rd overall, in the 2017 NFL Draft.[9] During training camp, Rivers suffered a torn ACL and was ruled out for the season.[10] He was officially placed on injured reserve on September 2, 2017.[11] Rivers made his NFL debut in Week 3 of the 2018 season, against the Detroit Lions. In week 17 he recorded his first career sack when he took down Sam Darnold.[12] Rivers helped the Patriots reach Super Bowl LIII, although he was inactive, and the team defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3.[13] The following season (2019), Rivers suffered an injury in week 2 of the preseason, and was placed on injured reserve on August 31, 2019.[14]

Rivers made the 53-man roster coming out of 2020's shortened preseason, and was active in week 1, where he recorded his first sack since 2018. He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Patriots on October 17, 2020,[15] and activated on October 21.[16] On November 21, 2020, Rivers was waived by the Patriots.[17]

Los Angeles Rams

On November 23, 2020, Rivers was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Rams.[18]

Houston Texans

On March 23, 2021, Rivers signed with the Houston Texans.[19] He was released on August 31, 2021 and re-signed to the practice squad.[20][21] He was promoted to the active roster on November 24.[22] On December 9, the Texans signed Rivers to a two-year, $1 million deal that runs through the 2022 season.[23]

On August 30, 2022, Rivers was placed on injured reserve with a torn biceps tendon.[24]

Rivers re-signed with the Texans on March 16, 2023.[25]


  1. ^ Cox, Zack (April 28, 2017). "Patriots Pick Defensive End Derek Rivers With 83rd Selection In 2017 NFL Draft". NESN. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  2. ^ "Inside the Patriots Draft Room: Round 3". New England Patriots. April 28, 2017. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  3. ^ "Patriots' top draft pick has family ties to Maine". Portland Press Herald. May 1, 2017. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  4. ^ YSU sophomore DE fulfills father’s football promise
  5. ^ Falcons make Youngstown State's Derek Rivers feel at home in workout
  6. ^ YSU standout Derek Rivers impresses at NFL Combine
  7. ^ "Youngstown's Derek Rivers, son of ex-Hokie, will test JMU's protection".
  8. ^ "Combine Player Profiles – Derek Rivers". National Football League. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  9. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Patriots finally make a pick with Derek Rivers at No. 83". Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  10. ^ Reiss, Mike (August 18, 2017). "Patriots fear DE Derek Rivers lost for season with torn ACL, sprained LCL". Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  11. ^ "Patriots reach 53-man limit". September 2, 2017. Archived from the original on November 28, 2017.
  12. ^ "NEUSE NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Humble Rivers is ready for Super Bowl LIII".
  13. ^ "53 things we learned from Patriots' 13-3 win over Rams in Super Bowl LIII". USA Today.
  14. ^ Yang, Nicole. "Patriots rumor roundup: Here's who won't make New England's 53-man roster". Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  15. ^ Reiss, Mike (October 17, 2020). "New England Patriots place Sony Michel, Shaq Mason, Derek Rivers on reserve/COVID-19 list". Retrieved October 31, 2020.
  16. ^ Roche, Conor (October 21, 2020). "Patriots remove three players from COVID list; place Jermaine Eluemunor on IR". Retrieved October 31, 2020.
  17. ^ "Patriots make a series of roster transactions". November 21, 2020.
  18. ^ "Rams claim former Patriots DE Derek Rivers off waivers". Rams Wire. USA Today. November 23, 2020.
  19. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions (3-23-2021)". March 23, 2021.
  20. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions (8-31-2021)". August 31, 2021.
  21. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions (9-1-2021)". September 1, 2021.
  22. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions (11-24-2021)". November 24, 2021.
  23. ^ "Texans New Contract Details on 2 Signings".
  24. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions (8-30-2022)". August 30, 2022.
  25. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions (3-16-2023)". March 16, 2023.