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Patriots Daily: Shrine Bowl Prospects; New England’s Next Hire

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Patriots were keepign on Shrine Bowl players, including West's Frank Gore Jr., of Southern Miss, runs for a touchdown during the first half of the East West Shrine Bowl NCAA college football game in Frisco, Texas, Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The New England Patriots drafted two players from last year’s East-West Shrine Bowl. Offensive guard Atonio Mafi (UCLA) and wide receiver DeMario Douglas (Liberty) caught the eyes of the Patriots braintrust a year ago. The 2024 edition of the game took place yesterday, with the West team emerging victorious 26-11. More important than the final score is the number of prospects who impressed.

Frank Gore Jr. (Southern Miss) is a running back considered a sleeper with great upside before this past week. After walking away with Shrine Bowl Offensive MVP, Gore Jr. is a sleeper no more. Some of the other prospects worth a long look include WR Malik Washington (Virginia), TE Dallin Holker (Colorado State), OG Christian Mahogany (Boston College), DL Myles Murphy (North Carolina), DT Leonard Taylor III (Miami, Fla.), CB Dwight McGlothern (Arkansas), and CB Jarrian Jones (Florida State).

New England’s Next Hire

With Alex Van Pelt now in place as the New England Patriots offensive coordinator, all three coordinator positions have been filled. Van Pelt joins DeMarcus Covington (defense) and Jeremy Springer (special teams). With the leader of each unit now in place, speculation turns to how Jerod Mayo will fill out the remainder of his coaching staff.

One name already being rumored is Andy Dickerson. He is a veteran NFL coach who has been the offensive line coach and run game coordinator for the Seahawks for the past three seasons. With Mike Macdonald replacing Pete Carroll in Seattle, Dickerson is likely a free agent, though no official announcement has come from the Seahawks. Dickerson has 20 years of NFL experience. He began as an intern and later operations employee with New England back from 2004-to-2005. He has since made stops with the Jets, Browns, and Rams, before joining the Seahawks.

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