As expected, the New England Patriots have signed seventh-round pick Jeremy Ebert to the practice squad, and they also promoted fullback James Develin to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. Ebert was cut from the team in the offseason after an underwhelming preseason, but he has upside as a project player in the slot. He has very reliable hands and solid speed, and he was the fourth-best receiver in the Big Ten (picked fourth in the draft, fourth in most statistics) while with the Northwestern Wildcats.
Develin, meanwhile, was signed to the Patriots practice squad initially the day after the 53-man roster crackdown on the first day of September. The 24-year-old RB/FB has been a standout during practices and deserves to get the call-up, but it will be interesting to see the role he plays for the Pats. It’s a little surprising to see them bring up a back, but Develin has earned it with his play as a practice squad member.
A former defensive lineman for four years while standing out for Brown University in college, Develin is a nice feel-good story and could receive some snaps at fullback. He’s a solid blocker.
Ebert was released during the roster crackdown on the 31st of August and is now back on the Pats p-squad after a brief stint with the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad.
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