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Patriots Continue to Tweak Roster by Releasing Fullback James Develin

September 2nd, 2013 at 9:18 PM
By Andrew Goldberg

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The New England Patriots continue to adjust their roster in what seems like an hourly basis. After claiming four players through waivers and signing six players to practice squad, the Patriots announced the release of their only fullback on the roster in James Develin

Develin spent most of last season on the Patriots practice squad until the final four weeks of the season where he was part of the 53-man roster.

The release of Develin is a little bit of a surprise after the team released Ben Bartholomew last week. However, for anyone that has followed the Patriots, they know full and well that they didn't carry a fullback last year either. Backup tight end Michael Hoomanawanui was used as the team's fullback last season, so maybe it looks like the Patriots will be doing the same this season and using that roster spot to address another need. 

It should also be noted that a day after Leon Washington was cut by the Patriots, his locker has yet to be cleaned out. So maybe Washington could be returning to the team, however, it is also to be noted that LeGarrette Blount has been taking some reps as a return man. 

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