Patriots: Bill Belichick talks about Troy Brown’s expanded role with team

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Patriots head coach Bill Belichick spoke to the media and weighed in on Troy Brown.

Former New England Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown, who helped the franchise win its first three Super Bowls in the early 2000s, joined Bill Belichick and Co. to help the team out “behind the scenes in 2019.”

Apparently, Brown’s work was highly regarded, and he’s being brought back in a larger capacity in 2020. Belichick spoke to reporters about a number of topics and eventually touched on Brown’s new situation with the team.

He doesn’t have an official role just yet, but he’s going to be viewed as the guy responsible for “grooming the next generation of Patriots offensive playmakers.”

"“He’ll continue to work with other positions, as well – the returners and the slot receivers,” said Belichick, via “But just given the conversations I’ve had with Troy, he’s very eager, he is a very instinctive football player and coach, I think that he was always great with the ball in his hands as a runner, he was obviously a great receiver, and I think that’s a big part of every running back’s job, and he was a strong player in the kicking game, as well.”"

Patriots fans know, after what everyone witnessed last year, that this team is in desperate need of offensive playmakers. Yes, Julian Edelman and James White are big sources of production, but they don’t exactly move the needle and make game-changing plays. They’re reliable, rock-solid guys who always execute their assignments.

Brown, who was a wideout AND defensive back for the Pats (he had three interceptions and two fumble recoveries back in 2004) likely has the necessary eye to show the team’s young offensive players how to take advantage of the defense. Experience on both sides of the ball at the highest possible level is beyond invaluable.

He logged 137 games on defense throughout his 15-year career and played on both sides of the ball during the team’s runs in 2001, 2003 and 2004.

Whoops, we forgot he was a special teams ace, too. He recorded 252 punt returns for 2,625 yards and three touchdowns in addition to 87 kick returns for 1,862 yards in his career. He even took a punt return to the house in the 2001 AFC title game against the Steelers.

Yup, this guy’s perfect for the job on Belichick’s staff.