New England Patriots

New England Patriots

New England Patriots

The Patriots coaching staff is already set to get a look at some of the top prospects in this year’s draft class when they coach the Shrine Bowl later this month. However, that won’t be the only showcase game they’ll have a major presence at.

On Wednesday, the Senior Bowl announced its coaching staff for this year’s game, and Patriots defensive line coach DeMarcus Covington is included. He’ll be the defensive coordinator for the American team (the Senior Bowl splits prospects into two teams, American and National).

At the Senior Bowl, NFL scouts get a chance to see the top prospects in the draft class compete against one another, offering a unique chance for up-close evaluation against top-tier talent. There are three days of practices, which tend to be the more valuable scouting periods, followed by the game later in the week.

  • Covington, 33, will be on a staff led by Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy, who will serve as the American team’s head coach. Falcons quarterbacks coach Charles London will be the team’s offensive coordinator.

    This will be the first time the Senior Bowl uses assembled coaching staffs rather than bringing in one full NFL staff, as the Shrine Bowl is doing. The changes is meant to help promote coaching development around the league.

    2022 was Covington’s sixth year in New England. He joined the Patriots in 2017 as a general coaching assistant, before becoming the outside linebackers coach in 2019. The next season in 2020, he was moved to his current role of defensive line coach.

    At the Senior Bowl, Covington will be working with some of the top prospects in this year’s draft class, including numerous projected first-round picks. We’ll have a full preview of the players that will be participating once the rosters are released later this month, but the list of players who have already accepted invites can be found here.

    Practices for the Senior Bowl begin Tuesday Jan. 31, and run through Feb. 2 with the game being played on the 4th. That overlaps a bit with the Shrine Bowl, where practices begin on Jan. 27 and finish up on the 31st – the same day the Senior Bowl begins. There’s been no information as to whether Covington will take part in both events – joining the Patriots’ staff for the early part of the Shrine Bowl in Las Vegas – or if he’ll just be attending the Senior Bowl in Mobile.

  • Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at [email protected].

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