The Patriots announced that they have hired Jason Licht as director of pro personnel. Licht joins the Patriots personnel department after previously spending four seasons (1999-2002) with New England. Last season, Licht served as a personnel executive for the Arizona Cardinals.
The team also formally announced that they have hired Chad OíShea as receivers coach.
Here is a bit more on Licht from the team's press release:
Jason Licht (pronounced LIGHT) is entering his 14th NFL season and re-joins the Patriots personnel department after previously spending four seasons (1999-2002) with New England. Last season, Licht served as a personnel executive for the NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals after spending five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles as vice president of player personnel (2006-07) and assistant director of player personnel (2003-05).
Licht first joined the Patriots personnel department in 1999 as a college scout. In June 2001, he became the teamís national scout, responsible for evaluating top college prospects and NFL players. After the Patriots Super Bowl XXXVI championship in February 2002, Licht was promoted to assistant director of player personnel, a position he held through the 2002 season.
During Lichtís five seasons in Philadelphia, the Eagles reached the NFC Championship Game three times and won the 2004 NFC Championship, representing their conference against the AFC Champion Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX.
Licht began his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins, serving a two-year stint in South Florida from 1995-96. In his first season in Miami, he was an assistant in the college and pro personnel departments, and in 1996 served as an offensive assistant/quality control coach. In 1997, he worked for National Football Scouting, a college football scouting service, and in 1998 served as an area scout for the Carolina Panthers.
Licht was an all-conference defensive tackle at Nebraska-Wesleyan from 1993-94. He was originally a walk-on at the University of Nebraska and played linebacker on the freshman team in 1989, then switched to guard and earned a letter in 1991 before transferring.
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