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NFL rumors: Josh McDaniels' interview schedule for Giants, Browns, Panthers revealed

NFL rumors: Josh McDaniels' interview schedule for Giants, Browns, Panthers revealed

Josh McDaniels is going to be a busy man this week.

The New England Patriots offensive coordinator has interviews lined up with a couple NFL teams looking for a new head coach, and at least two of those meetings will happen over the next few days.

Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reported Monday that McDaniels is scheduled to interview with the New York Giants on Wednesday and the Cleveland Browns on Friday. Breer also notes McDaniels and the Carolina Panthers plan to meet for an interview.

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McDaniels has been the Patriots' offensive coordinator since 2012 when he started his second stint with the team. He left after the 2008 season to become the head coach of the Denver Broncos. He lasted less than two seasons with the Broncos, who fired him after a 3-9 start to the 2010 campaign. McDaniels nearly left the Patriots following the 2017 season to become the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, but he ultimately decided to remain in New England.

There's no doubt McDaniels is ready for his second chance as a head coach, but the 2019 season was difficult. His Patriots offense struggled quite a bit this season and averaged only 20.3 points scored over the last nine games, including a 20-13 AFC Wild Card defeat to the Tennessee Titans on Saturday. In his defense, New England did deal with several injuries to key offensive players and lacked elite talent at the skill positions.

Picking the right job is critical for McDaniels because most coaches don't get much time to prove their worth. The Giants (Daniel Jones) and Browns (Baker Mayfield) both have promising young quarterbacks leading their franchise, while the Panthers do not. 

Patriots special teams coordinator/wide receivers coach Joe Judge reportedly will interview for the Giants' head coach job, too.

UPDATE (11 p.m. ET): McDaniels will interview with the Panthers on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Here's a look at his week:

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Updated Patriots cornerback depth chart after Michael Jackson trade with Lions

Updated Patriots cornerback depth chart after Michael Jackson trade with Lions

The New England Patriots added even more depth to an elite group of cornerbacks Sunday by acquiring Michael Jackson in a trade with the Detroit Lions.

Jackson, who's listed at 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, was a fifth-round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 2019. The Detroit Lions signed him off the Cowboys practice squad last season and he played in one game for the NFC North team.

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Here's an updated look at the Patriots' cornerback depth chart with Jackson in the fold:

--Stephon Gilmore
--Jason McCourty
--J.C. Jackson
--Jonathan Jones
--Joejuan Williams
--Michael Jackson
--Myles Bryant
--D’Angelo Ross

It should be noted that Justin Bethel is listed at cornerback, but most of his snaps come on special teams. 

A strong case could be made that cornerback is the deepest position on the Patriots roster. The group is led by Stephon Gilmore, who became the first Patriot ever to win the AP's NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2019. Gilmore is the league's best cornerback and has earned first team All-Pro selections in back-to-back seasons. 

He's not the only talented cornerback in the Patriots secondary, though. 

J.C. Jackson excelled in coverage last season, too, especially on passes beyond 20 yards. In fact, Jackson had the lowest passer rating allowed when targeted of all cornerbacks in 2019, according to Pro Football Focus.

One of the most intriguing players in the Patriots secondary is second-year cornerback Joejuan Williams. He was a second-round pick out of Vanderbilt in 2019 but saw limited playing time as a rookie.

The depth of the Patriots defense has been hit hard in recent months due to free agent departures and veterans opting out of the 2020 season amid concerns over COVID-19. One position that has remained largely intact is cornerback, and barring any significant injuries, it could be the team's most productive position this coming season.

Patriots acquire CB Michael Jackson in trade with Lions

Patriots acquire CB Michael Jackson in trade with Lions

The New England Patriots have added another cornerback to their depth chart.

On Sunday, they announced they've acquired Michael Jackson from the Detroit Lions for an undisclosed 2022 draft pick.


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Jackson was selected in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft (158th overall) by the Dallas Cowboys out of Miami. He started his rookie season on Dallas' practice squad before being signed by Detroit.

The 23-year-old played in only one game last season for the Lions.

Jackson joins a Patriots cornerback group that currently consists of Stephon Gilmore, Jonathan Jones, Joejuan Williams, Jason McCourty, J.C. Jackson, D'Angelo Ross, Justin Bethel, and Myles Bryant.