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Scarlet Sunrise: New England Patriots claim linebacker Steele Chambers off waivers

IMG_7408by:Andy Backstrom06/12/24

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New England Patriots claim linebacker Steele Chambers off waivers

The New England Patriots released one linebacker and added another Tuesday. They said goodbye to rookie Jay Person, an undrafted EDGE prospect out of Chattanooga, and brought aboard Steele Chambers, an undrafted rookie who started two full seasons at WILL for Ohio State.

Chambers didn’t hear his name called in this year’s draft, but the Detroit Lions immediately picked him up as an undrafted free agent. Chambers spent rookie minicamp, mandatory minicamp and OTAs with the Lions before being waived. His time on waivers was short.

The former Buckeyes running back-turned-linebacker is headed to New England, where the Patriots are led by new head coach Jerod Mayo, a former NFL linebacker himself.

Chambers graduated from Ohio State with a degree in finance in spring 2023. He played his first two seasons at running back and his next three at linebacker. He started 30 games at linebacker: the final four games of the 2021 season and all 13 games of both the 2022 and 2023 seasons.

He led the Buckeyes with 83 total tackles last season, including the career-high 13 total tackles he recorded in the regular season finale at Michigan. The year before that, Chambers ranked second on the team with 77 total tackles, behind good friend and teammate Tommy Eichenberg.

In 2022, Chambers notched two interceptions, one of which came in the Peach Bowl College Football Playoff semifinal against Georgia — Chambers also got home for half a sack that night in Atlanta, near his hometown of Roswell, Georgia.

Chamber is competing for a spot on a 53-man roster this summer. That process started in Detroit, and now it continues in New England.

Buckeye Bits: Ohio State staying hot on 2025 recruiting trail, official visit updates

During Ohio State’s recruiting camp Tuesday, Lettermen Row recruiting reporter Matt Parker rounded up intel on the Buckeyes’ efforts in the 2025 cycle.

The piece includes a recap of the most recent Ohio State official visit, which took place from June 7-9, and previews the next Ohio State official visit, which will take place from June 14-16.

Matt also touches on a couple key position groups. Get all that insider information here.

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How they got here: Mapping out career path of each Buckeyes TE so far

Cade Stover is reunited with former Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud in Houston. The now-Texans tight end served as the Buckeyes’ second-leading receiver last season.

Second-year Ohio State tight ends coach Keenan Bailey knows he can’t simply replace Stover’s production in one fell swoop. He’s focused on building out a strong tight end unit this offseason.

“No. 8’s not in the room anymore,” Bailey said this spring, in reference to the departed Stover. “Great, we’re gonna play somebody in a couple of months, and there’s got to be a tight end out there. Hopefully, it’s two, hopefully it’s three tight ends out there.

“So hopefully they feel the urgency picked up.”

To get a better sense of that unit-in-the-making, we mapped out the career paths of each Ohio State tight end.

Check it out here.

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