Sucks that it had to end like this with an injury instead of choosing to leave the game on his own terms. His toughness, grit, and grind will be missed. Jakob Johnson and Dan Vitale have big shoes to fill.
What a Champion and Patriot ,,,,in fact everything about James is what A True Patriot is.
His presence alone you can tell effected other players in a positive way.
Thankyou from a fan from far away ,,enjoy family life Champ.
That's a shame, I'm gonna miss him. He was a true Patriot. It seems like when he was healthy, they won a lot (3 championships), when he got hurt, they didn't win in the playoffs. I'm guessing Dalton Keene will get some FB time as well.
It’s no surprise our run game took a big step backwards last year with Develin injured. Absolute warrior and a big contributor to the success of our run game. Enjoy retirement, and your three super bowl rings.
Thanks for all your hard work and being a true professional. The team and fans were lucky to have a player who gave 100% ever time he took the field. I hope you fully recover from your neck injury and wish you nothing but happiness as you move on to the next phase of life.
Dalton Keene is listed at 6'4 and 253 lbs and is at least a try-hard blocker. He's played FB as well as TE and Hback at V Tech. I wouldn't be surprised to see him get FB reps, where he would add a lot of schematic flexibility. I'm sure he's not the blocker that Develin was, but he might make up for that with the flexibility he would bring to the position. Hard to believe he wouldn't be an upgrade over Elandon Roberts.
Neck injuries are nothing to mess with. I remember years ago when LB Andy Katzenmoyer had a similar injury. He tried to come back the next season but quit early in training camp, which was the smart move to make.