IRVING, Texas (AP) _ Former Dallas stars Bill Bates and Jim Jeffcoat received promotions Thursday as the Cowboys came closer to finalizing their coaching staff.

Bates moved up to secondary coach after being an assistant on special teams and defense the last two seasons. Jeffcoat will coach defensive ends after two years as assistant defensive line coach.

From outside the organization, Dallas hired former All-Pro receiver Wes Chandler as receivers coach and Andre Patterson to coach defensive tackles.

Patterson and Jeffcoat are sharing the defensive line job that last season belonged to Jim Bates, now with Miami.