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James Ferentz Begins Coaching Career With the New York Giants

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New England Patriots offensive lineman James Ferentz (65) runs onto the field during an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Doug Murray)

New England Patriots offensive lineman James Ferentz called it a career following the 2023 NFL season. He retired as a veteran of ten NFL seasons, with two spent exclusively as a practice squad member. Now the two-time Super Bowl champion is set to begin a second career in coaching. The New York Giants hired Ferentz to become the team’s assistant offensive line coach.

James Ferentz played college football at Iowa for his father Kirk Ferentz, a former Patriots assistant coach. He was not selected in the 2014 NFL Draft. Ferentz signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent, spending his rookie year on their practice squad. When he was waived in training camp by Houston the following year, Ferentz signed with the Denver Broncos. Denver won the Super Bowl in 2015, Ferentz’s first year with the team. He appeared in 14 games and one playoff game during their championship run. He spent one more season with the Broncos before coming to New England.

Ferentz spent the 2017 season on the Patriots practice squad. The following year he appeared in two games and won his second Super Bowl ring. Ferentz would go on to play 41 games in New England, including one in 2023. Reports indicated Ferentz was a part-time offensive line coach for the Patriots last season, following the departure of Adrian Klemm.

James Ferentz now follows in the footsteps of his father by joining the coaching rank. He joins a New York Giants staff that he is familiar with. Offensive line coach Carmen Bricillo held that same position with the New England Patriots for two seasons when Ferentz was on the roster.

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