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Even after career game, James Develin remains humble

Ryan Hannable
December 06, 2018 - 10:29 am

FOXBORO -- On Wednesday, a few extra minutes after the media access in the Patriots locker room ended for the day, James Develin was brought to the podium.

This is because he wasn't around during the locker room period. And why wasn't he around? He was working out in the weight room.

Just because he scored two touchdowns on Sunday against the Vikings, it doesn't mean he's changing his hard-working routine.

“I had to do that kind of stuff to get my foot in the door in the league,” Develin said. “I just continue to take that approach every single day. It doesn’t matter what’s going on, I’ve got to come in here and put my best foot forward. Working hard is just something I’ve got to do.”

Develin played at Brown University where he was actually a defensive lineman then bounced around before landing a job in the Arena Football League before coming to the Patriots in 2012.

Last year, he made his first Pro Bowl and potentially could again this year.

"He's just earned everybody's respect by his daily performance," Bill Belichick said Wednesday. "Nobody grinds it out harder than James does whether it's offensively or in the kicking game. Preparation, training in the weight room, he's just a hard-working kid that just grinds it out every day. Quiet, doesn't say much, but his actions are strong and I think everybody appreciates and recognizes his commitment to the team and how much he puts into it, how tough and dependable he is. He just shows up every day and does it. I mean, you can count on it. You really can set your watch on it. He'll be there, he'll work hard, he'll do everything you ask him to do, he'll be ready to go. I think without a doubt, everybody in the entire building feels that way because it just happens every single day."

After coming into the season with only one rushing touchdown in his career, he has three this year and has been a major part in the success of the Patriots offense.

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