Throughout the spring Develin has worked with the tight ends, taking part in drills under the watch of coach Brian Daboll. He still lines up in the backfield on occasion, but most of his time has been spent on the line and the former Brown standout is enjoying the experience.
“It’s a little different but fullback is pretty closely tied to tight end,” Develin said. “I’m trying to get out there and do what’s best for the team and wherever they need me is where I’ll play. “I’m just trying to do my best wherever they put me.”
While the positioning may be different, Develin maintained the positions have lots in common. However, there are some differences and Develin admitted he’s still getting used to some of them.
“You have a little bit more time when you’re coming out of the backfield to decipher things and the collisions are a little bigger too,” he said with a laugh. “There’s a little bit of differences and there are some things that take some adjusting coming out of a stance when the guy is standing right in front of you, but I’m just trying to get acclimated to that and get used to it and do my best.”
While Develin could conceivably provide some depth at tight end, the Patriots have still been tied to veterans Dustin Keller and Jermichael Finley. New England reportedly met with both in the past but neither has signed. With Develin appearing more comfortable at the spot, perhaps the need for a veteran will diminish.