Develin with the Patriots in 2016
|No. 46 – New England Patriots|
|Born:||July 23, 1988|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||255 lb (116 kg)|
|High school:||Boyertown Area|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2019|
|Player stats at PFR|
James Rittenhouse Develin, Jr. (born July 23, 1988) is an American football fullback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Brown University as a defensive end. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz of the Arena Football League (AFL). He also played for the Cincinnati Bengals and for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League (UFL).
- 1 High school career
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Personal life
- 5 References
- 6 External links
High school career
Develin attended Boyertown Area Senior High School where he lettered in both football and lacrosse. While there, he was named a football team captain, team Most Valuable Player (MVP), First team All-Area, First team All-Pac and All-Berks County. He was chosen to play in the Berks County All-star game as well as the NationalAllStars.com Bowl. He was named a National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete. He was awarded the Warren O. Fry Memorial Award as well as the Tall Cedars Football Scholar-Athlete Award.
As a freshman in 2006, he appeared in eight games. He recorded 12 tackles (six solo) and one sack. In 2007, as a sophomore, he recorded 50 tackles (28 solo), 13.5 tackles-for-loss, six sacks, three quarterback hurries, and three fumble recoveries. For the season, he was named Second team All-Ivy. As a junior, in 2008, he recorded 34 tackles, 9.5 tackles-for-loss, and three sacks. He was named Second team All-Ivy. As a senior in 2009, he recorded 53 tackles, 16 tackles-for-loss, five sacks, one interception, and two fumble recoveries.
|Height||Weight||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 3 in
|5.03 s||1.75 s||2.88 s||4.55 s||7.25 s||28 1⁄2 in
|8 ft 8 in
|All values from Brown's Pro Days|
Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz
On February 3, 2011, Develin was reunited with his former head coach with the Florida Tuskers after Jay Gruden was hired to be the Bengals' new offensive coordinator. Throughout training camp, Develin competed for a roster spot as a fullback against Cedric Peerman and Fui Vakapuna. On September 3, 2011, the Cincinnati Bengals waived Develin, but signed him to their practice squad the next day after he cleared waivers. Develin spent the entire 2011 season on the Bengals' practice squad. On August 31, 2012, the Cincinnati Bengals waived Develin as part of their final roster cuts.
New England Patriots
On September 2, 2012, Develin was signed to the New England Patriots' practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster on November 28, 2012. On December 16, 2012, Develin made his professional regular season debut during the Patriots' 41-34 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 15. Develin was limited to one game as a rookie in 2012.
Throughout training camp, Develin competed against Ben Bartholomew for a roster spot as a fullback and special teams player. On September 2, 2013, the Patriots released Develin as part of their final roster cuts. On September 6, 2013, he was re-signed after tight end Matthew Mulligan was released. Head coach Bill Belichick named Develin the starting fullback to begin the regular season. He made his first career start in the Patriots' season-opening 23-21 win at the Buffalo Bills. On December 1, 2013, Develin had two carries for four-yards and scored his first NFL touchdown during a 34-31 win at the Houston Texans.
Develin appeared in all 16 games, starting six. He recorded four carries for 10 yards and a touchdown, and four receptions for 62 yards.
In 2014, Develin appeared in all 16 games, starting four. He recorded three carries for five yards and six receptions for 43 yards. He also recorded a receiving touchdown in the Patriots' 45-7 drubbing of the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game. The Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX by a score of 28-24 against the Seattle Seahawks. Develin recorded 1 catch for 6 yards in the Super Bowl.
Develin re-signed with the Patriots to a one-year contract on March 7, 2016. On February 5, 2017, Develin was part of the Patriots team that won Super Bowl LI. In the game, he appeared on ten plays on offense and ten on special teams as the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 34–28 in overtime.
On March 6, 2017, Develin signed a two-year contract extension with the Patriots. The deal included a $300,000 signing bonus, $200,000 in guaranteed salary, and a maximum value of $2.85 million.
On December 19, 2017, Develin was selected to the Pro Bowl as a starting fullback. Develin could not play in the Pro Bowl because of his team advancing to Super Bowl LII. The Patriots lost in the Super Bowl to the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 41-33 without Develin recording any statistics.
On June 14, 2018, Develin signed a two-year, $3.8 million contract extension with the Patriots through the 2020 season. He played the second-most snaps of any fullback after the San Francisco 49ers' Kyle Juszczyk. He had career highs in touchdowns, with four rushing touchdowns in a three-game span, and receptions, with 12.
Develin helped the Patriots reach Super Bowl LIII where they defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. Prior to the game, former running back and NFL analyst Maurice Jones-Drew called Develin the most important running back in the game, noting that he provided key blocks in all four of the Patriots' rushing touchdowns in the AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
|2015||NE||0||0||Did not play due to injury|
He is the son of Jim (James Sr.) and Donna Develin. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two sons, James III and William Robert, and a daughter, Adrienne Mattea.
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- "NFL SNAP COUNTS | Football Outsiders". www.footballoutsiders.com. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
- "James Develin is the most important back in Super Bowl LIII". NFL.com. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
- Kyed, Doug (September 23, 2019). "Patriots Place Fullback James Develin On Injured Reserve With Neck Ailment". NESN.com. NESN. Retrieved September 23, 2019.