by Paul Kenyon, Providence Journal
Providence, R.I. - With the Patriots having added a couple of running backs to their roster, James Develin '10 is a long shot to make the team. But the former Brown star is determined to make a run at it.
Develin, who was a defensive end at Brown but is now a fullback, spent most of last season on the Pats practice squad, although he was activated for two games and saw action on special teams.
"Last year was awesome," he said. "I had a chance to really get in the playbook and familiarize myself with the concepts here, with the coaches, with the team. So it was huge for me as far from a growing standpoint, learning what they want out of their fullback or tight end position, so I took advantage of it and now I'm trying to show what I've learned."
"I appreciate the opportunity. It's an absolute blessing to be here with some great coaches and a great team."
Develin has a degree in mechanical engineering from Brown, but he likes being called a fullback.
"I know it's kind of a dying breed," the 6-foot-3, 255-pounder said, "but fullbacks are tough guys, bull headed guys that just like to hit. And I love to hit." He knows that being able to work on special teams could be a key to his chances of making the team.
"I hope so. Wherever they want me to play, whatever they want me to do I will give it my best," Develin said. "Special teams is usually for fullbacks so I'm really open to play any special teams position they want."