Tight ends coach leaves team

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The overhaul of the Patriots coaching staff is ongoing, and now another domino has fallen … Tight ends coach Shane Waldron has left the team for what I’m told are “other opportunities”.

Waldron replaced Pete Mangurian, who left last year to become offensive line coach with the Bucs, in 2009. He was a quality control assistant in 2008, having come from ex-Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis’ Notre Dame staff, where Waldron was a grad assistant.

The production of the tight ends was scrutinized in 2009, with the position combining for 43 catches, though both Benjamin Watson (a pending free agent) and Chris Baker were valuable as blockers in the running game.

Waldron’s departure is the first piece of movement coaching-wise on the offensive side of the ball. On defense, coordinator Dean Pees and the club parted as his contract expired, and Corwin Brown was added.

Waldron’s exit was first reported by the Providence Journal.

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