Bedard’s Daily Briefing 09.24.19: James Develin going on IR won’t make any difference this season

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Good morning!

A few random thoughts while I wonder if people who believe in fullbacks also believe in Puff The Magic Dragon...

  • The "big" news out of the Patriots yesterday was that FB James Develin was placed on IR.
  • Depending on how much you believe some narratives and that the plays the Patriots ran last year are the only play they can ever run, you must believe this could end any hopes of a Patriots Super Bowl bid.
  • People will tell you he's the key to the running game ... that went nowhere when he was out there first two games.
  • People will tell you Develin was the key to the postseason running game ... that beat up on weaker fronts that couldn't or refused to match personnel, but only averaged 3.7 yards rushing in the Super Bowl on 28 of their 30 carries. And on the two 26-yard runs on the final drive when the Rams were selling out, Develin was only on the field for one of them.
  • Develin is a lot of things: a leader, good player, great teammate, totally unselfish, great special teams player (maybe the place he'll be missed the most) ... but he's not a difference-maker. The Patriots could put any number of players in there, including Jakob Johnson, and be just as good.
  • If you don't believe that, I have some other fairy tales to tell you.

Time to hit the links...


Dr. Flynn: Sorting through the Patriots’ injuries to Edelman, Gordon, Hightower and others


McAdam: Promotions in Red Sox’ scouting department send mixed signals
BSJ Game Report: Rays 7, Red Sox 4 – 3 things we learned
BSJ Live Q&A: Sean McAdam on Red Sox/MLB, 5 p.m.


Brad Stevens is eager to rebuild the Celtics’ identity
Building a Potential Jaylen Brown Extension


The Bruins might have dodged a bullet with David Krejci – and a major roster reshuffle
Bruins best Flyers in OT, but lose Krejci to lower-body injury: 3 things we learned
David Krejci on another preseason spent searching for a winger: ‘That’s something I can’t control’


BSJ Match #31 Breakdown & Review: Revolution 0, Real Salt Lake 0 – Revs outplay Real Salt Lake, but finish even



2-4 p.m.: Bedard live in-studio with Felger & Mazz
8:05 p.m.: MLB — Red Sox at Rangers (NESN)

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