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Cowboys hire veteran Packers assistant to coach receivers

IRVING -- The Dallas Cowboys grabbed an assistant off the staff of the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers on Friday, hiring Jimmy Robinson as assistant head coach and receivers coach.

The Cowboys also came to terms with former New England Patriots strength coach Mike Woicik, who had the same job in Dallas from 1990-96.

Robinson returns to town less than a week after helping the Packers win Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium.

Robinson, the Packers receivers coach since 2006, has a connection with Garrett, who was a backup quarterback with the New York Giants when Robinson was on the staff.

The former NFL receiver has more than 20 years as an NFL coach, starting in 1990 with Atlanta. He has also had stints with Indianapolis and New Orleans, in addition to the Giants and the Packers.

The list of receivers on Robinson's résumé is impressive. He has overseen the development of retired stars such as Andre Rison, Marvin Harrison, Amani Toomer, Ike Hilliard and Joe Horn in addition to Donald Driver, Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson of the Packers.

He replaces Ray Sherman, whose contract was not renewed.

-- Clarence E. Hill Jr.

Patriots shuffle staff

The New England Patriots have named quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien as their offensive coordinator.

The move came after the team spent the past two seasons without an offensive coordinator, although O'Brien, who retains the quarterbacks coach title, called plays and performed many of the coordinator's functions.

The Patriots also shifted Matt Patricia from linebackers coach to coach of the safeties and named Patrick Graham linebackers coach and Brian Flores a defensive assistant to coach Bill Belichick.

Briefly

Eagles: The team signed DE Phillip Hunt, who has spent the past two seasons with Winnipeg of the CFL. Hunt, who finished his college career as Houston's all-time sacks leader, was a two-time all-district player at Fort Worth Dunbar.

Packers: General manager Ted Thompson was signed to a multiyear extension. Terms of the extension were not disclosed, but his old deal went through the 2012 season.

Bills: The team signed safety Jon Corto to a two-year deal and released linebackers Mike Balogun, who played at Oklahoma, and Pierre Woods.

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