Super Bowl LIII

Measuring fullback James Develin’s impact on Patriots’ surging ground game

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After pulling together this story on the Patriots’ recent surge in the running game earlier this week, a BSJ subscriber asked me for the splits when it came to the usage of fullback James Develin. So we ran the numbers, and found a few interesting things.

First, looking at plays where Develin strictly lined up as a blocker in the backfield, over the course of the season (including the two playoff games), the yards per carry with him in there as opposed to not having him in there are