Develin (neck) announced his decision to retire from the NFL on Monday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Develin's decision was likely informed by the serious neck injury that limited him to just two games in 2019, as he opts to hang up the cleats ahead of his age-32 season. The fullback began his NFL career on Cincinnati's practice squad for two years before earning the starting gig in New England, where he contributed to three Super Bowl wins from 2012 through 2019. In addition to playing a key role as a blocker across 83 games with the team, Develin additionally accumulated five touchdowns and 31 receptions as a versatile, though seldom utilized, weapon out of the backfield.
Develin (neck) will not return from injured reserve for the Patriots this season, Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald reports.
The Patriots were eligible to designate two players to return off IR this season, and have used both designations on Isaiah Wynn (toe) and N'Keal Harry (ankle). As such, the veteran fullback will spend the rest of the 2019 season on IR, given that he's not a candidate to be released.
The Patriots placed Develin (neck) on injured reserve Monday, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports.
Develin sat out Sunday's win over the Jets due to an undisclosed neck injury suffered Week 2 versus Miami. It's possible that Develin could return midseason if he gets healthy, but that would restrict New England to bringing back only one of Isaiah Wynn (toe) or N'Keal Harry (ankle). The Patriots are a candidate to add another fullback to the roster, as the position plays an integral role in the team's running game.
Develin (neck) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets, Nick Underhill of The Athletic reports.
Develin is managing a neck injury of undisclosed severity. The Patriots don't have another fullback on the roster and will operate without one during Sunday's tilt against the Jets. Develin is primarily deployed as a blocker in New England's offense, though he has logged two carries for three yards across two contests.
Develin (neck) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, Andrew Callahan of MassLive reports.
Develin was on the field often through the first two weeks, rushing two times for three yards over 59 snaps. The nature of his injury doesn't sound promising, but he'll try to get on the practice field in some capacity by Friday. The Patriots don't have another fullback on the roster, so they may sign another or simply go without Sunday versus the Jets.
Develin ran twice for three total yards during Sunday's 43-0 win over Miami.
It was just the second multi-carry game over the past four seasons for Develin who, while integral to New England's running game, seldom gets opportunities himself. The Brown product did manage to find the end zone four times last season despite just six carries and eight rushing yards, but the prospect of a vultured touchdown or two is probably not worth the risk on a Patriots team stocked with other weapons and mercurial in approach week to week.
Develin played 30 of the Patriots' 72 offensive snaps Sunday and didn't log any touches during the team's 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
Though he didn't get the ball in the Patriots' lone goal-line situation, Develin delivered a crushing block to pave the way for Sony Michel to score the game's only touchdown. Develin concluded the postseason with only three touches but should continue to earn plenty of field time in 2019 thanks to his reliability as a lead blocker.
Develin finished the 2018 season with six carries for eight yards and four rushing TDs and 12 catches on 17 targets for 61 yards in 16 games.
In his role as the Patriots' starting fullback, Develin makes most of his impact as a blocker, but his occasional TDs this season put the 30-year-old on the fantasy radar in ultra-deep formats. Develin remains under contract with New England through the 2020 campaign, setting the stage for him to make random trips to the end zone once again next season.
Develin did not log a carry or catch in Sunday's 24-12 win over the Bills.
Develin was on the field for 36 snaps Sunday, but the fullback wasn't part of the Patriots' game plan on offense, en route to going without a carry for the second straight week. He's still a threat to score the occasional TD, but that's not predictable enough for him to merit fantasy lineup consideration.
Develin caught both of his targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Steelers.
With that, Develin's improbable TD run comes to a halt. It's still possible that the Patriots' fullback will get some goal-line carries in the coming weeks, but when that doesn't happen, he doesn't see enough volume in other situations to make up for it.
Develin scored a two-yard touchdown on his only carry in Sunday's 34-33 loss to the Dolphins.
The fullback has scored in two straight games and has four TDs over his last four contests, despite logging only six carries in that span. He'll remain a risky TD-dependent fantasy roll of the dice this weekend against the Steelers.
Develin carried four times for five yards and scored a pair of short TDs in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Vikings. The fullback also caught one pass for nine yards.
Develin's name is going to stand out on waiver wires based on his Week 13 fantasy point total, but with just five carries through 12 games, banking on him making continued trips to the end zone (he also scored in Week 10) is a high-risk strategy.
Develin scored a touchdown on his lone carry in Sunday's loss to Tennessee.
Develin hasn't seen much action this season, and he had zero rushing attempts entering Sunday's game. His one-yard touchdown appears more fluke than anything, and he still has extremely little fantasy value.
Develin signed a two-year, $3.8 million extension with the Patriots on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Develin's extension comes on the heels of him earning his first trip to the Pro Bowl in 2017. Now under contract through the 2020 campaign, Develin will figure to continue having little fantasy value himself while boosting the rest of the team's rushing attack with his blocking ability.
Develin finished the 2017 regular season with six catches on 10 targets for 38 yards in 16 games.
There's not much fantasy value attached to Develin's job as the Patriots' starting fullback, but his blocking prowess earned the 29-year-old Pro Bowl recognition, according to NJ.com. Develin remains under contract with the Patriots for the 2018 season.
Develin signed a two-year deal with the Patriots on Monday, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports.
Develin played in 30 percent of New England's offensive snaps in 2016, recording three receptions for 18 yards. He's primarily a blocker and a special teams player who shouldn't be expected to have any fantasy value in 2017, though his return is a boost for the rest of the Patriots' running game.
Develin has signed a one-year deal with the Patriots, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Given his limited touches in the team's offense, Develin's fantasy value remains limited. That said, his versatility and blocking are valuable assets to the Patriots, and his healthy return to the mix in 2016 should be a boost to the team's ground game this coming season.
The Patriots re-signed fullback James Develin, an exclusive rights free agent, to a one-year $660,000 contract, reports the Boston Herald. Develin is a solid blocker who played in every game last season, starting four.
Patriots wideout Danny Amendola and fullback James Develin did little Week 9 against the Broncos.
Amendola hauled in two catches for 35 yards. He received three targets during the contest. Develin also caught two balls, gaining 13 yards.
Both players are on a bye Week 10.
The Patriots received minor contributions from several role players during Sunday's playoff win over the Colts.
Austin Collie and Michael Hoomanawanui each had one reception. Collie finished with 15 yards on one target while Hoomanawanui finished with 6 yards on one target. In the ground game, James Develin had one carry for no gain in a 43-22 win.
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