By: Steve Balestrieri
James Develin a versatile fullback, may see some action at tight end in 2014 and was a popular topic choice for many of the Patriots beat writers today. (USA TODAY Images)
Here are a few Patriots links from around the web on Tuesday, July 29, 2014:
James Develin and the Patriots TE Projection:
Mike Reiss looks at FB James Develin and says he may project to play some snaps this season at tight end. Nick Caserio, in his Sunday presser mentioned Develin and his play at tight end last season.
First Impressions, Let’s Talk D:
Reiss looks at the evolving Patriots defense, specifically the additions of Revis and Browner and although early thinks this unit could be much different than units of the past few years.
Ty Law: Pats’ Defense Best in 10 Years:
Talking defense, ESPN’s Lee Schechter talks with Pats HOF CB Ty Law and Law states that the additions made to the defense make this the best unit in the last 10 years that the Patriots have fielded.
Tyler Gaffney Picked up by the Patriots:
Mike Reiss takes a look at Tyler Gaffney the running back drafted by the Carolina Panthers who was placed on Waivers/IR and was plucked by Bill Belichick, much like they did with Jake Ballard a few years ago.
Release of Hull Alters Special Teams Mix:
Reiss looks at the flip side of the Gaffney signing, where the Pats must release a player to get down to the 90 man limit. Josh Hull a free agent LB signed this spring was let go. Hull was trying to become a core special team player much like he was with the Redskins.
Flag Day: Why You Should Expect More Penalties Against Patriots Secondary In 2014: Chris Price looks at the additions of Revis and Browner in a different light. With the physical style of play of both and the league possibly cracking down more on the secondary, the Patriots may get flagged more in 2014.
Bull Market: Why James Develin And Other Fullbacks Still Matter:
Price goes in a different direction with Develin and writes a detailed piece on the increased role for the “neck roll” guys and how important Develin was for the Patriots running game.
4 blogservations after 4 days of Patriots camp:
PFW’s Andy Hart takes a great look at the first four days of training camp and breaks it down into four major takeaways so far.
Making the team: Enduring the journey to relevancy:
John Rooke takes a good look at the grind of training camp and how a player must adapt and overcome to make the 53 man roster. In this case, James Develin who was a popular subject on Tuesday.
Anderson could prove to be Pats utility linebacker:
Tom E. Curran takes a look at James Anderson and projects him to be the utility linebacker for the Patriots in 2014, a guy who can plug and play into multiple roles.
Develin versatility makes him an option at tight end:
Phil Perry takes a look at James Develin and like Reiss projects him to play some snaps at tight end.
Patriots Journal: Edelman is proud to be the go-to guy:
Mark Daniels takes a look at Julian Edelman and his journey to become a valuable cog to the Patriots offense. And how he’s looking to continue his hard work going forward.
5 Takeaways To Go Along With 5 Days of Patriots Training Camp:
Zuri Berry takes a look at training camp and has his 5 biggest things to occur so far. Among his takes are looks at rookies Jimmy Garappolo and James White, the tight ends and lack of push at the DT position.
Asa Watson and Justin Jones Capitalizing On Opportunity To Learn From Veteran TEs: Erik Frenz looks at tight ends Watson and Jones and pens a good piece on their attempt to make the roster. Each brings a different skill set to the table but each is learning from the veterans on the roster.
Patriots Notebook: Dobson, Easley grind through rehab:
Jeff Howe takes a look at the injured Pats and writes about the long journey for Dobson and Easley and their physical rehab from surgery this off-season.