The New England Patriots will be without a rising assistant next season.

The Syracuse Orange are set to hire Ross Douglas as wide receivers coach, according to ESPN’s Pete Thamel. He’s expected to have a “significant role in the offense.”

Douglas was in his second season coaching wide receivers in New England — Bill Belichick opted to drop the “assistant” title he had last season. In 2021, he worked in an NFL coaching fellowship role on the defense following a stint with Richmond as a cornerbacks coach. Before his time as an assistant on the Spiders’ staff, Douglas spent three years at Rutgers from 2018-20.

He also served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the West team in the East-West Shrine Bowl in 2022, where the West team won 12-3.

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Patriots players have been vocal about the respect and admiration they have for Douglas, who has been viewed as a potential NFL head-coaching candidate for the past two seasons.

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Douglas joins Fran Brown, who was hired as the new Syracuse head coach following his tenure as Georgia’s defensive backs coach.

The Orange went 6-6 this past college football season and will play South Florida in the Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 21.

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