James Develin Announces Retirement on Instagram:

2020 Patriots Season:
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PatriotReign

In the Starting Line-Up
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.
 

abdul7

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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.
 

scott99

Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract
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.
 

Teej

On the Game Day Roster
Tough player but I thought Jakob Johnson looked like a good replacement last year before he was hurt.
 

PatsFan2

Pro Bowl Player
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Glad he did there is more to life than Football James was a solid player.
 

tasmlab

Starting QB, won 20 SBs, number is retired
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Be well, James. Thank you!

Perfect Patriot and a great story.
 

JPsPats

Third String But Playing on Special Teams
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.
 

raduray

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One of my favorite players. True grit. Will miss him. Best wishes for the future.
 

grux

Third String But Playing on Special Teams
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.
 
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Kasmir

Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job
Jakob Johnson and Dan Vitale have big shoes to fill.

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.
 

thecore762

In the Starting Line-Up
I felt I kinda saw this coming with the injury he had. His position is very physical and very underrated.
 

raduray

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Enjoy your retirement, big guy!

That play is one of the all time football highlights.
 

ohiopatsfan

On the Game Day Roster
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.
 

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