With a new deal reportedly looming, James Develin set to keep chugging as part of Patriots offense

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A few weeks ago, I was having a conversion with someone, and we were ranking the most "secure" Patriots. Basically, the guys who didn’t have anything to worry about, either because of their talent level, versatility or overall skill set. The usual names came up. Then, we thought about fullback James Develin — only because he's been around for so long now, we’ve honestly reached a point where it’s hard to imagine the New England offense without him.