The New England Patriots announced Wednesday that they have hired Chad O'Shea as receivers coach and Jason Licht as director of pro personnel.
O'Shea is entering his seventh season in the NFL and his 14th as a coach. He spent the last three seasons as the Minnesota Vikings' wide receivers coach and offensive assistant. He also spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs as a volunteer special-teams assistant in 2003 and as assistant special teams coach in 2004 and 2005.
O'Shea replaces Bill O'Brien, who became New England's quarterbacks coach after offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels -- who also was quarterbacks coach -- became head coach of the Denver Broncos.
Licht is entering his 14th NFL season and re-joins the Patriots' personnel department after five years as a personnel executive with the Philadelphia Eagles and one with the NFC champion Arizona Cardinals. Licht was with New England from 1999 to 2002 as a college scout, national scout and assistant director of player personnel.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.