FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots have waived fullback James Develin, a league source confirmed.
Develin, signed to the team's practice squad on Sept. 1 of last season, eventually landed on the active roster in late November, providing special-teams value.
He worked at tight end during portions of training camp this year, and with the team down to just three tight ends on the active roster -- one of which is the recovering Rob Gronkowski -- there was a feeling that he might earn some reps as an H-back type player to provide offensive versatility.
The Brown graduate entered the league in 2010 when he was signed to the Bengals' practice squad after a stint in the United Football League.
The Patriots' roster is now at 52 players. During his Monday afternoon news conference, coach Bill Belichick suggested that the team would remain active with its roster tweaks.
"There are probably going to be roster moves over the next few days," he said. "I don’t even know what they are but it’s just that time of year. Between the practice squad and the roster, there’s a lot of transition. I don’t know, there could be."
Nick Underhill of MassLive.com first reported the news.