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New Orleans Saints vs New York Jets connections

Posted Oct 31, 2013

There are plenty of connections between the New Orleans Saints and New York Jets

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Player Connections

*ILB Jonathan Vilma was a first round draft pick of the Jets in 2004 and played in New York from 2004-07. He was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2004 and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2005.

*WR Marques Colston was a standout at Hofstra from 2001-05 along with Jets G Willie Colon.

*CB Keenan Lewis and Colon were teammates in Pittsburgh from 2009-12.

*S Malcolm Jenkins was a high school All-American at Piscataway (N.J.) HS.

*Jenkins, Jets C Eric Mangold and WR Santonio Holmes were college teammates at Ohio State

*Jets RB Chris Ivory played for the Saints from 2010-2012.

*S Isa Abdul Quddus prepped at Union (N.J.) HS where he was first-team All-County and secondteamAll-State as a senior and then played at Fordham for four years where he was a two-year starter in the Rams defensive backfield.

*RB Mark Ingram was born in Hackensack, N.J.

*WR Nick Toon’s father, Al was the tenth overall pick in the 1985 NFL Draft by the Jets and went on to become a three-time Pro Bowl receiver who played his entire career with the club from 1985-92.

*NT John Jenkins attended Francis T. Maloney (Meriden, Conn.) HS.

*RB Darren Sproles and WR Robert Meachem played with Jets LB Antwan Barnes in San Diego. CB Chris Carr and Barnes were teammates in Baltimore in 2009.

*ILB Kevin Reddick and Jets LB Quinton Coples were teammates at North Carolina.

Coaching Connections

*Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan is the twin brother of Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan. Rob and Rex served on the same defensive coaching staff with the Arizona Cardinals from 1994-95.

*Rob, Rex and Jets Assistant Defensive Line/Linebackers Coach Jeff Weeks were college roommates and teammates at Southwestern Oklahoma State.

*Weeks served on the same staff as Rob Ryan with Oakland in 2008.

*Rob Ryan and Jets tight ends coach Steve Hagen served on the same staff in Cleveland from 2009-10.Hagen tutored TE Benjamin Watson for the Browns from 2010-12

*Wide Receivers Coach Henry Ellard served in the same position for the Jets from 2009-11.

*Director of Football Administration Khai Harley is a Somerville, N.J. native and graduate of Rutgers.

*Jets College Area Scout Aaron Glenn played cornerback for the Saints in 2008.

*Quarterbacks Coach Joe Limbardi coached tight ends and running backs for the XFL’s New York/New Jersey Hitmen in 2001.

*Executive Director of Communications Doug Miller was a member of the Jets PR staff from 1990-2006.

*Scouting Assistant Michael Parenton spent part of the 2009 season on the Jets practice squad.

*Head Coach Sean Payton, Jets Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs Anthony Lynn and Quarterbacks Coach David Lee served on the same Dallas offensive staff.

*Jets Quality Control/Defense & Assistant Defensive Backs Bobby April III is a Mandeville native who graduated from Louisiana-Lafayette and coached at Nicholls State and Tulane.

*Jets Defensive Line Coach Karl Dunbar is an Opelousas native who played at LSU, played for the Saints from 1992-93 and also coached for the Colonels and Tigers.