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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants have hired Mike Dawson and Henry Baker as assistant coaches for the defense.

In announcing the additions Monday, the Giants said Dawson — a North Middlesex Regional High School alum, will be the outside linebackers coach, while Baker will be the team’s assistant defensive backs coach.

Dawson replaces Rob Leonard, who left to become the Miami Dolphins’ linebackers coach. Dawson spent the previous three seasons as a defensive line coach under Scott Frost at Central Florida and then Nebraska.

Dawson was on the Philadelphia Eagles’ coaching staff from 2013-15, the three seasons Giants coach Pat Shurmur was Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator. Dawson also coached at Boston College, Akron and UNH.

He was a three-year starter at linebacker and defensive end at UMass after starring for the Patriots in Townsend, later returning to his high school alma mater as athletic director for a short time.

Baker replaces Deshea Townsend, who was recently hired as the Chicago Bears’ defensive backs coach. Baker comes to the Giants from Rutgers, where he returned on Jan. 2 as cornerbacks coach and passing game coordinator. He spent the 2018 season at North Carolina as cornerbacks coach.

Baker also worked at Delaware, East Stroudsburg and Maryland, his alma mater.

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