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Report: Patriots assistant Troy Brown to work with running backs in 2020

Troy Brown joined the Patriots’ staff in an unofficial capacity last season.

NFL: AUG 02 Patriots Training Camp Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A year after working with the New England Patriots’ wide receivers in an unofficial capacity, Troy Brown is reportedly heading to the ground game.

According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Brown will be assisting New England’s running backs during the 2020 season as his development on the staff continues.

Veteran running backs coach Ivan Fears, 65, has held his title since 2002 and previously coached wideouts for the organization. Brown, 49, being a Pro Bowler among them. They’ll have an opportunity to work alongside each other again as the initial stages of training camp near.

A three-time Super Bowl champion and Patriots Hall of Famer, Brown entered the league in the eighth round of the 1993 draft. The Marshall product would go on to catch 557 passes for 6,366 yards and 31 touchdowns in the regular season during his playing career. He’d tack on a combined 4,487 yards and three scores as a returner over that span.

Three interceptions at cornerback can also be found on Brown’s résumé.

“He’s got a lot of experience in professional football with the Patriots, and as a Patriot, as a returner, and he’s a good addition,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said of Brown on a conference call last September. “He’s got a solid role and he helps us in a lot of different ways.”

Current New York Giants head coach Joe Judge doubled as New England’s special teams coordinator and receivers coach in 2019 after Chad O’Shea departed for the Miami Dolphins.

The latter position is now slated to be overseen by Mick Lombardi, who served as assistant quarterbacks coach for the Patriots last campaign.