Former Patriots WR Troy Brown contributing in big way as coach

Ryan Hannable
September 03, 2019 - 12:23 pm

Troy Brown has been around the Patriots in an unofficial capacity since the spring working with the wide receivers.

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Deion Branch was also working with the group in the spring, but it was short-lived, while Brown hasn't gone away even as Week 1 approaches. By the sounds of things, it looks like he will remain on staff and have a role with the team moving into the regular season.

The coaching staff seems pleased with the addition.

"Troy brings a lot of experience to this team based on his time here as a player and the experience that he had," Bill Belichick said on a conference call Tuesday. "Becoming one of the great Patriot players of all time – it didn't start that way. It was a process for him and then sustaining it and then moving on and adjusting to life after football. He has a lot of great messages, he has a lot of good experience. Troy's always been a smart, hardworking guy that puts the team first, will do whatever he can to help. I'm sure going forward he'll help us in any way he can. We'll see exactly what that amounts to. I'm not sure at this point."

Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels actually coached Brown for a time and now he's looking forward to working with him as a fellow coach.

“I had the great pleasure of coaching Troy for a few years at the end of his career and he’s one the great Patriots of all time, obviously," McDaniels added on a conference call. "He has a wealth of information of knowledge and wisdom that he shares with the players. It’s difficult to really say how far that can extend because he played. He played this game and was coached by our staff with our style. The value he brings is significant.

"I am really happy to have him here and everyday that he’s been asked to fill in this regard he’s jumped at the chance and continues to work with any of the guys in the receiving room. He’s really helping our staff. I really love having him here. He was such a great influence on our team as a player and he’s extended that now as he’s starting his career [in coaching].”

It makes even more sense with wide receivers coach Joe Judge also serving as the special teams coach. With all the new receivers, especially rookie N'Keal Harry, Brown's presence is very important and beneficial to getting everyone up to speed when it comes to learning the offense.

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