Marcellus Rivers was signed by the Patriots as a veteran free agent on August 8, 2007 ... Released by the Patriots (9/1/07) ... Re-signed by the Patriots (9/3/07) ... Originally signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent on April 27, 2001 ... Signed by the Houston Texans as an unrestricted free agent (5/18/04) ... Signed by the Oakland Raiders as an unrestricted free agent (5/8/06) ... Released by Oakland (8/28/06) ... Signed by the New Orleans Saints (12/13/06) ... Released by New Orleans (12/23/06).
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- Rivers has played in 75 games with 13 starts over five seasons with the New York Giants (2001-04) and Houston Texans (2005).
- Rivers set a New York Giants single-season franchise record with 25 special teams tackles in 2002.
- Rivers has caught 51 career passes for 395 yards (7.7 avg.) and four touchdowns in his career and has also totaled 61 career special teams tackles.
- In 2005, his only season in Houston, totaled a career-high 24 receptions for a career-high 168 yards.
- As a rookie in 2001, played in every game for the New York Giants and caught a career-high two touchdown passes.
- Over his first two NFL seasons (2001-02), caught a total of five passes, including three touchdown passes.
2007 (3/0/0/1): Signed as a free agent on Oct. 10, 2007.
at Dallas (10/15): Saw his first action of the season in a reserve role at tight end in the Patriots' 48-27 victory over the Cowboys... Did not register a reception. at Miami (10/21): Played in a reserve role at tight end and on special teams protection units in the Patriots' 49-28 rout of the Dolphins... Threw a key block to spring Willie Andrews on a 77-yard dash for the end zone on a kickoff return three seconds in the second quarter and gave the Patriots a 21-7 lead... Did not record a reception. Washington (10/28): Played in reserve at tight end and on special teams protection units in the Patriots' 52-7 win over the Redskins... Did not record a reception. at Indianapolis (11/4): Inactive.
2006 (0/0 - New Orleans): Released by the Oakland Raiders following training camp (8/28) ... Signed by the New Orleans Saints (12/13) and was inactive for his only game on the roster before being released (12/23).
2005 (16/5 - Houston): Played in every game for the Houston Texans with five starts ... Had the most productive season of his career in terms of receptions and receiving yards, catching 24 passes for 168 yards ... Recorded six special teams tackles.
2004 (16/3 - N.Y. Giants): Played in 16 games with three starts in his final season with the Giants ... Totaled five receptions for 36 yards and a touchdown ... Finished third on the team with 17 special teams tackles ... Started in place of an injured Jeremy Shockey in the season finale against Dallas (1/2) and caught a season-high three passes for 24 yards.
2003 (12/6 - N.Y. Giants): Played in 12 games with a career-best six starts for New York ... Totaled a then-career high 17 receptions for 155 yards ... Added 12 special teams tackles ... Made his first career start on Oct. 12 against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium and caught four passes for 48 yards ... Started the following week against Philadelphia and caught four passes for 31 yards.
2002 (15/0 - N.Y. Giants): Played in 15 games for the Giants and caught two passes for 25 yards and a touchdown ... Set the Giants' single-season franchise record with 25 special teams tackles (22 solo) ... Caught a game-winning, 17-yard touchdown pass at Dallas on Oct. 6 - his first reception of the season ... Recorded a blocked punt against Indianapolis (12/22), swatting down a Hunter Smith punt and setting up a Giants field goal on the ensuing drive ... Recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half against Houston (11/24), setting up a Giants field goal ... Caught a two-point conversion pass from Kerry Collins in the fourth quarter at Minnesota (11/10).
2001 (16/0 - N.Y. Giants): Played in all 16 games as a rookie for the Giants ... Caught three passes for 11 yards and a career-high two touchdowns ... Made his NFL debut in the season-opener at Denver on Sept. 10 and caught a touchdown pass with 1:51 remaining in the game on Monday Night Football ... Recorded his second touchdown of the year on a 2-yard pass from Kerry Collins at Dallas (12/9) ... Was one of just four Giants with more than one touchdown catch on the season.
Caught 68 career passes at Oklahoma State for 963 yards (14.2 avg.) and 10 touchdowns ... Snared 19 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns as a senior ... Split tight end duties with two other players as a senior ... Caught four scoring passes in both his sophomore and junior seasons for the Cowboys ... Caught 22 passes and scored four touchdowns as a sophomore and had 27 receptions for four scores as a junior.
Marcellus Rivers was born on Oct. 26, 1978 in Oklahoma City, Okla. ... Was an all-district and all-state selection as a senior at Douglass High School in Oklahoma City ... Was rated among the top 20 prospects in the state as a high school senior ...