Patriots keep key cog in running game in FB James Develin before start of free agency

Patriots keep key cog in running game in FB James Develin before start of free agency

Full back James Develin and the New England Patriots have agreed to a two-year pact keeping the versatile blocker from entering free agency, according to UPI.com.

Develin would have been an unrestricted free agent on Thursday, but the team was able to retain the lead blocker for the NFL’s top rushing touchdown leader in 2016 in LeGarrette Blount after franchise-record 18 rushing touchdowns.

UPI writes:

‘Develin, 28, has been with the Patriots since 2012, playing in every game in three of the last four seasons. He missed the 2015 season with a broken leg suffered in training camp. The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Develin did not have a rushing attempt and caught just five passes for 31 yards in 2016, including the playoffs. But he played in 30.7 percent of the offensive snaps and 33.7 percent of special teams snaps in contributing to the Patriots’ Super Bowl title, according to the Boston Globe.’