December 5, 2013

Patriots Beat: One giant plunge for Develin

The Patriots fullback smashes another barrier.

By Mike Lowe mlowe@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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James Develin wouldn’t be deterred from crossing the goal line last Sunday any more than he’d be deterred from making the NFL after a most unusual path to pro football.

Develin, 6-foot-3, 255 pounds, was initially stopped at the line but kept bouncing off tacklers while rolling to his left, eventually lunging in for the score.

Bill Belichick agreed that Develin’s role could be expanded – to a degree.

“I don’t think he’s ever going to be out there for every play offensively, that’s not his role, but when we do have him out there or when we have him out there in the kicking game, he works hard at what he’s asked to do and he’s been a good contributor for the team,” said Belichick. “He’s smart, he’s tough, he works hard, he’s a very dependable guy and there’s an awful lot to be said for that.”

Develin, 25, simply wants to be out there.

“Any time my number is called, no matter the role, I’m going to try to go out there and do my best and get the job done,” he said. “I’ve been blessed that they trust me enough to go in there and do different things that I haven’t done before. I’m just going to continue to learn and get better.”

He knows he could have cashed in on the engineering degree out of college. That wasn’t for him just yet.

“I’ve got that degree in my back pocket and it will be with me until the day I die,” said Develin. “I knew that if I didn’t give it my best shot to try to play football as a career, I’d always regret it. So I took a little bit of a risk and luckily it worked out.”

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