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Giants add two linebackers coaches to staff


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.– Giants coach Brian Daboll today revealed additional members of his 2022 coaching staff.

John Egorugwu will coach the inside linebackers and Drew Wilkins the outside backers.

In addition, Christian Jones has been hired as an offensive assistant.

They will join the previously announced members of Daboll's staff, including coordinators Mike Kafka (offense), Don "Wink" Martindale (defense) and Thomas McCaughey (special teams).

The offensive staff includes Shea Tierney (quarterbacks), DeAndre Smith (running backs), Mike Groh (wide receivers), Andy Bischoff (tight ends), Bobby Johnson (offensive line) and Tony Sparano, Jr. (assistant offensive line).

The other defensive coaches are Andre Patterson (defensive line), Jerome Henderson (defensive backs) and Mike Treier (assistant defensive backs).

Anthony Blevins is the assistant special teams coach and Nick Williams is the special teams quality control coach.

Egorugwu, 35, has both collegiate and NFL coaching experience. He spent the 2021 season as the linebackers coach at Vanderbilt University. Egorugwu was previously on the Buffalo Bills' coaching staff for four years (2017-20), the last three with Daboll, as a defensive quality control coach and assistant linebackers coach. He first coached in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens from 2015-16 as a defensive assistant, working primarily with the linebackers.

Egorugwu spent three years (2012-14) as a graduate assistant at Missouri, working with both the defense (2012) and offense (2013-14). During his tenure, the Tigers earned Cotton Bowl (2013) and Citrus Bowl (2014) bids. 

Egorugwu got his start in coaching at his alma mater, William Jewell, mentoring linebackers from 2010-11.

A linebacker at William Jewell, he played in 29 games, recorded 156 tackles, 22.0 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks and two interceptions during his career.

Egorugwu received his bachelor's in accounting and business/management in 2007 and his master's from Missouri in educational and counseling psychology.

Wilkins, 34, spent the previous 12 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, the last 10 working with Martindale and the last two as their outside linebackers coach.

He was a football video operations intern for two years before becoming a video coordinator in 2012. The following season, he was a coaching staff assistant.

Wilkins was a defensive assistant from 2014-16 and was promoted to assistant defensive line coach in 2017. He spent the next two years assisting both the line and the outside linebackers before being named the outside linebackers coach in 2020.

Wilkins graduated from the University of Maryland with a double major in finance and supply chain management. While attending Maryland, he worked as a student assistant under former Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen and current Penn State head coach James Franklin.

Jones, 28, spent the previous three seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. He was the offensive quality control coach for two years before being named the assistant wide receivers coach in 2021.

Jones began his coaching career in 2017 as an offensive intern at his alma mater, Northwestern. The following season, he was an offensive graduate assistant at the University of Texas.

At Northwestern, Jones caught 128 passes for 1,509 yards and eight touchdowns in 51 games.

*Ryan Hollern, formerly chief of staff for the coaching staff, has moved to the player personnel department as college scouting coordinator.

*The Giants have also hired Mark Loecher as an assistant strength and conditioning coach in the strength and conditioning/performance department.

An eight-year NFL veteran, Loecher was the Denver Broncos' assistant strength and conditioning coach in 2021. Loecher (pronounced LOW-sure) was a strength and conditioning assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020. Loecher entered the league as a strength and conditioning intern in 2014 before beginning a four-year stint as assistant strength coach.

View photos of the 2022 New York Giants coaching staff, led by Head Coach Brian Daboll.


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