New England Patriots

Joe Judge was expected to leave the Patriots with Josh McDaniels for the Indianapolis Colts. But now that McDaniels has changed his mind and decided to stay, it appears that Judge is doing the same.

ESPN’s Mike Reiss confirmed on Friday that the Patriots are finalizing a new deal for their special teams coach to remain in the fold in New England. The move will leave defensive coordinator as the only major opening on the staff to fill, which will likely go to linebackers coach Brian Flores. At the end of the day, Bill Belichick may only need to fill a low-level assistant position.

Judge was expected to sign with the Colts to be part of McDaniels’ staff, but never made a deal official. He’s served as the Patriots’ special teams coordinator since 2016, and an assistant for the team since 2012. Before that, he served on Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama from 2009-11.

The Patriots finished third in Rick Gosselin’s annual rankings of the NFL’s special teams units in 2017. ST ace and team captain Matthew Slater earned his seventh straight Pro Bowl nod at that spot, plus a Second Team All-Pro recognition.

— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

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