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James Develin | Running Back | #46

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/23/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 255
College: Brown
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Patriots re-signed FB James Develin to a two-year contract.
A 2010 UDFA, Develin has developed into one of the game's better lead blockers. He has just 20 career touches on offense. Mon, Mar 6, 2017 01:31:00 PM

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CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora "fully expects" free agent FB James Develin to re-sign with the Patriots "in the next few days."

Develin was a huge part of New England's 2016 offense, particularly in Power-I formations with LeGarrette Blount at tailback. Develin also plays special teams. The consummate Patriot, Develin almost certainly isn't going anywhere.
Thu, Mar 2, 2017 07:16:00 PM

Patriots re-signed FB James Develin.

Develin was a restricted free agent, but has re-signed for less than the "low" tender of $1.6 million. Develin missed all of 2015 with a broken leg, but paved lanes for the Pats' running game in 2014-15. He should make the 53-man roster.
Mon, Mar 7, 2016 01:13:00 PM

ESPN Boston reports the Patriots hope to retain restricted free agent FB James Develin.

Develin missed all of 2015 with a broken leg, but served as Bill Belichick's lead blocker the previous two seasons. As reporter Mike Reiss points out, even tendering Develin at the lowest level ($1.6 million) would make him one of the highest-paid fullbacks in the league, so a 2-3 year deal could be more likely.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mon, Feb 22, 2016 03:25:00 PM

Patriots placed FB James Develin (broken tibia) on injured reserve.

Develin suffered the injury in the third preseason game. He is done for the season. Develin was the only full back on the Patriots' roster.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 12:22:00 PM

Patriots FB James Develin suffered a broken tibia in the team's third preseason game.

The injury was originally feared to be an Achilles injury. While the broken tibia diagnosis is better, it will still sideline Develin 6-8 weeks and perhaps knock him out for the whole season. The Patriots do not have another fullback on the roster.
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 08:11:00 AM

Patriots FB James Develin was carted off the field with a leg injury in Friday night's preseason game.

It's feared, initially at least, to be an Achilles' injury, though the secretive Pats only announced it as a "leg" ailment. After the Patriots cut Eric Kettani this past week, Develin is the lone fullback on the roster.
Fri, Aug 28, 2015 10:22:00 PM

Patriots re-signed exclusive rights free agent FB James Develin to a one-year, $660,000 contract.

Develin was Pro Football Focus' No. 4 fullback last season, showing very well as a blocker. He also caught all eight of his targets for 50 yards and one score.
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 01:52:00 PM

Patriots re-signed FB James Develin.

Develin was cut on Monday when the Patriots signed blocking tight end Matthew Mulligan. Mulligan was released Thursday, so Develin gets his spot back.
Fri, Sep 6, 2013 10:09:00 AM

Patriots waived FB James Develin.

The move is slightly surprising because Develin had a nice preseason and his release leaves New England without a fullback on the 53-man roster. Perhaps Develin will return after Week 1. Look for the Patriots to run out of one-back sets, spreading the field to create advantageous run-game matchups.
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 03:09:00 PM

Patriots signed FB James Develin, WR Andre Holmes and DT Tracy Robertson to reserve/future contracts.

Develin ended the season on the practice squad and appeared in one game for the Patriots in 2012. He'll compete for a roster spot this spring and summer.
Mon, Jan 21, 2013 11:20:00 AM

Patriots promoted FB James Develin from the practice squad.

A third-year pro, Develin has never been active on game day. He was a defensive lineman in college. It's doubtful he sees an offensive snap on Sunday.
Wed, Nov 28, 2012 01:09:00 PM

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