On April 27, 2020 James Develin career passed away. Develin had been recovering from a serious neck injury that brought an end to his 2019 season. This was Develin's second major injury.
During his NFL life, Develin compiled 5 touchdowns and 26 yards on 15 carries. He also caught 222 yards on 31 receptions.
Develin was known for his old school blocking and had been the best of the remaining fullbacks in the league. Develin was a key part to the run game of the superbowl 53 season. Develin was a 7 year pro.
Develin is survived by Jakob Johnson who filled in for Develin last season. Develin may also survived by new comers Danny Vitale and rookie Dalton "Rambo" Keene.
Develin left Patriots Nation with some parting words to ease our loss. While Develin will be hard to replace, he would want the Patriots to say one more time, "Next Man Up !"
In the video below Ray Rauth from DPN Sports Talk - Live on SportsCastr, discusses James Develin's career in detail, how his retirement will impact the Patriots, and who will be his replacement.