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News Blitz 12/21: Develin!!!!!

The Patriots are coming off a big win, preparing for a rare late season AFC East battle with playoff ramifications and celebrating the team's four Pro Bowl selections.

Maybe the most notable of that group – which includes mainstays Tom Brady (13th Pro Bowl), Rob Gronkowski (5th) and Matthew Slater (7th) – is first-time Pro Bowler James Develin. The former practice squader and defensive lineman out of Brown has now ascended to a spot among the best in the game at his position.

The Boston Globe writes that the secret is out and the rest of the league knows just how good Develin is, and how well-respected he is in the New England locker room. The Globe also writes about wide receiver Kenny Britt as he tries to get up to speed with the Patriots complex playbook. As the teams prepare for a rematch, the *Globe *has Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White downplaying Buffalo looking for retribution against tight end Rob Gronkowski.

ESPNBoston.com looks back at the humble beginnings of Develin's professional football career. ESPNBoston.com passes along a fun GOAT story about Brady and Kurt Warner. The disciplined setting in New England reminds Britt of his time at Rutgers, writes ESPNBoston.com

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