The Patriots released fullback James Develin on Monday, the team announced.
Develin joined the Patriots last year when he was signed to the practice squad before the start of the regular season. By November, he had landed on the active roster and played in one game.
After Develin remained on the roster following Saturday's cutdown, the presumption was that the Patriots may be shifting more towards using "21 personnel" (two backs, one tight end) versus the "12 personnel" (one back, two tight ends) used much of last season. The Patriots now have three tight ends on the roster -- Rob Gronkowski, Michael Hoomanawanui and Zach Sudfeld -- and no fullback. Hoomanawanui got plenty of experience in the fullback-like "H back" role last season.
The Patriots roster is now at 52 players.