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Patriots sign RB James Develin to 53-man roster; Sign WR Jeremy Ebert to practice squad

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots signed RB James Develin to the 53-man roster from the practice squad today. In addition, the Patriots signed rookie WR Jeremy Ebert to the practice squad today.

Develin, 24, joined the New England practice squad on Sept. 1, 2012. The 6-foot-3, 251-pounder, from Brown University, spent most of the 2010 and all of the 2011 season on the Cincinnati practice squad. He originally entered the NFL in 2010 when he was signed to the Cincinnati practice squad on Nov. 30, 2010 after playing for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League. Develin played four seasons as a defensive lineman at Brown.

Ebert, 23, a wide receiver from Northwestern, was selected by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft with the 235th selection overall. The six-foot, 195-pounder, was released by the Patriots on Aug. 31, 2012 and spent one week on the Philadelphia practice squad in early September.

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