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By Maxwell DeLuca 01/31/2019

James Develin plays a key role for the New England Patriots on the field and in the locker room.

Teammate Julian Edelman said, “James is a huge part of this team. He’s mentally and physically tough, he works extremely hard, he’s great in the locker room, and he’s a leader just by the way he is as a professional. He’s versatile and does a lot for this team and he’s a great teammate. You never see James having a bad day.”

The 30-year-old has four touchdowns this season, but his main contributions do not always show up on the stat sheet. Develin is used as a fullback most often, but he also contributes as a running back and tight end, making his name as the Patriots utility man.

Develin is one of the strongest guys on the team, so strong that Edelman said, “He can move a house… Literally.”

Develin responded, “I’m honored that he would say that. I consider myself a little bit of a meathead, I love to work out and I love to lift. So I’m honored that he would say something like that.”

The Patriots will need Develin’s strength on Sunday as they take on a powerful Los Angeles Rams defense.


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