Former CFL receiver Tiquan Underwood hired by New England Patriots

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Former CFL receiver Tiquan Underwood has been hired as the assistant wide receivers coach with the New England Patriots.

The native of New Brunswick, N.J. spent the past two seasons at the University of Pittsburgh as the wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator. The team finished 3-9 in 2023 as Canadian quarterback Christian Veilleux threw for 1,179 yards, seven touchdowns, and eight interceptions.

The 37-year-old has previously served as the wide receivers coach at Lafayette College, an offensive quality control coach with the Miami Dolphins, and the wide receivers coach at Rutgers University, his alma mater.

Underwood played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes from 2015 to 2017, catching 87 passes for 1,320 yards and six touchdowns over 32 regular season CFL games.

He was originally a seventh-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2009 NFL Draft and spent six years down south as a member of the Jaguars, Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Carolina Panthers, making 63 receptions for 1,006 yards and six touchdowns over 45 games.

New England made its first head coaching change in almost a quarter-century this off-season as the club mutually parted ways with Bill Belichick, replacing him with longtime Patriots player and assistant coach Jerod Mayo.