The New England Patriots are continuing to build out their coaching staff under head coach Jerod Mayo. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the team will be hiring Drew Wilkins as their outside linebackers coach, and former Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower will be taking on the role of inside linebackers coach.
Wilkins previously spent two years in the same position with the Giants, but was let go at the end of the regular season. He had also worked under former Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale with the Ravens before joining the Giants, but will not be following Martindale to the University of Michigan.
In addition to the hiring of Wilkins, the Patriots have promoted DeMarcus Covington to defensive coordinator, and have retained safeties coach Brian Belichick and cornerbacks coach Mike Pelligrino. They have also brought on Jerry Montgomery as their defensive line coach, effectively filling all the key roles on the defensive side of the ball.