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Patriots hiring former Giants OLB coach Drew Wilkins

The New England Patriots are hiring former New York Giants outside linebacker coach Drew Wilkins, reports veteran NFL insider Ian Rapoport.

Wilkins will assume the same position he held the past two seasons with the Giants under coordinator Wink Martindale.

Wilkins and his brother Kevin, a defensive assistant with the Giants, were fired last month by head coach Brian Daboll in an effort to push Martindale out the door.

The tactic worked. Martindale left and the Giants hired a new defensive coordinator, Shane Bowen, to replace him. Martindale took the DC job at the University of Michigan this past week.

It had also been reported earlier last week that Wilkins had become a hot commodity on the coaching circuit, specifically at the college level.

Story originally appeared on Giants Wire