Nevis, Shepard land with new teams

Associated Press photo by Peter MorganFormer LSU and Philadelphia Eagles receiver Russell Shepard runs  against the New York Jets during preseason action last week. Shepard was claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay on Sunday. Show caption
Associated Press photo by Peter MorganFormer LSU and Philadelphia Eagles receiver Russell Shepard runs against the New York Jets during preseason action last week. Shepard was claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Two former LSU standouts, defensive tackle Drake Nevis and wide receiver Russell Shepard, landed with new teams Sunday after being waived on Saturday.

Nevis, a third-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2011, was claimed off waivers by the San Diego Chargers.

The 6-foot-1, 294-pound Nevis, the 87th overall pick of the 2011 draft, was a surprise cut by the Colts even though he played in just 14 games in two seasons there — including nine last season.

Shepard, who was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles this spring, was claimed by the Tampa Bay Bucs after being cut loose Saturday. He caught three passes for 42 yards with a long of 29 yards in the preseason.

In other NFL transactions involving state players, former Tulane linebacker Dezman Moses was claimed by the Kansas City Chiefs after being waived by the Green Bay Packers and former UL-Monroe tight end Keavon Milton, who went to training camp with the New Orleans Saints this summer, was picked up by the Cleveland Browns.

Moses made the Packers’ roster as an undrafted free agent in 2012, while Milton was signed by the Saints this spring after he was not drafted.

Also, former LSU running back Jacob Hester and former Tulane tackle Troy Kropog, a Rummel High graduate, had their contracts terminated by the Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings, respectively, on Sunday as teams continued to tinker with their 53-man rosters.

Former Catholic High and Louisiana Tech defensive end Matt Broha, who spent the 2012 season on the New York Giants’ practice squad, was signed to their practice squad after being cut Saturday.