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Inside the Game: New Orleans Saints, New York Giants connections 

Take an inside look at the connections between the New Orleans Saints and New York Giants before their Week 4 matchup on Sunday, Sept. 30

New Orleans Saints vs. New York Giants Connections

  • New Orleans Coach Sean Payton served on the Giants staff from 1999-2002 including handling offensive coordinator duties from 2000-02. His first season as coordinator in 2000, when the Giants captured the NFC title and went to Super Bowl XXXV, New York scored 328 points - the club's highest total since 1990 - and finished 13th in the NFL in total offense
  • New Orleans offensive assistant Brendan Nugent prepped at and coached at Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains, N.Y.) High School
  • Giants quarterback Eli Manning is a New Orleans native who's the son of former University of Mississippi and Saints quarterback and Ring of Honor member Archie Manning. He prepped at Isidore Newman School and then starred at Ole' Miss, where he became only the fifth quarterback in Southeastern Conference record books to throw for more than 10,000 career yards
  • New York wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. also prepped at Newman and in three years at LSU, played in 40 games with 34 starts and recorded 143 receptions for 2,340 yards (16.4 avg.) and 12 touchdowns
  • Saints senior defensive assistant Peter Giunta tutored the Giants secondary from 2006-14
  • New Orleans vice president of football administration Khai Harley graduated with a degree in accounting from Rutgers
  • Giants safety Landon Collins is a New Orleans native who prepped at Geismar Dutchtown High School
  • Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen served on the Central Connecticut State coaching staff from 2008-09
  • Saints coaching assistant Deuce Schwartz is a Long Island native who played at Union College
  • New Orleans defensive tackle Jay Bromley played at Flushing (N.Y.) High School, was a third round (74th overall) draft pick of the Giants in 2014 out of Syracuse and played four seasons for the club
  • Giants linebacker Nate Stupar played for New Orleans from 2016-17
  • New Orleans tight end Benjamin Watson played for Giants head coach Pat Shurmer when he was head coach of the Cleveland Browns from 2011-12
  • New Orleans wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. played for Giants offensive coordinator Mike Shula in Carolina where he served in the same position for the 2013 and 15-16 campaigns and for Giants special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey when he served in the same position with the Panthers in 2016
  • New Orleans safety Kurt Coleman and linebacker A.J. Klein also played for McGaughey in Carolina
  • Coleman, Ginn and Klein also played with Giants running back Jonathan Stewart and tight end Scott Simonson in Carolina
  • Ginn and Coleman were signed in Carolina by Giants general manager Dave Gettleman in Carolina. Gettleman drafted Klein in Carolina in 2013. Stewart and New Orleans center Max Unger were college teammates at Oregon
  • New York outside linebacker Olivier Vernon was drafted by Saints assistant general manager/college scouting director Jeff Ireland in 2012 when he was general manager of the Miami Dolphins
  • Giants cornerback Eli Apple and Saints safety Vonn Bell, cornerback Marshon Lattimore and wide receiver Michael Thomas were teammates at Ohio State
  • Giants tight ends coach Lunda Wells is a Baker native, who was a Louisiana Class 5A First-Team All-State offensive line selection at Baker High School, was a four-year starter at guard at Southern. He then played semi-pro football with the Louisiana Swashbucklers, later serving as a member of the LSU coaching staff as an offensive line assistant from 2008-09 and as assistant special teams/assistant to the head coach in 2011
  • New Orleans safety Marcus Williams and New York wide receiver/return specialist Kaelin Clay were college teammates at Utah
  • Giants wide receiver Russell Shepard played at LSU and was a teammate of Coleman in Carolina in 2017
  • Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard's late father Derrick, played for New Orleans in 1989
  • Saints long snapper Zach Wood and Giants center Evan Brown were college teammates at Southern Methodist
  • New York guard John Greco played for New Orleans in 2017. He was also teammates with Watson and Saints linebacker Craig Robertson in Cleveland
  • New Orleans linebacker Manti Te'o and New York center Spencer Pulley were teammates with the San Diego Chargers in 2016
  • Saints cornerback P.J. Williams and Giants defensive end Mario Edwards were college teammates at Florida State. Edwards is a native of Gautier, Miss.
  • Giants nose tackle Damon Harrison prepped at Lake Charles-Boston High School
  • Giants defensive end B.J. Hill was coached by Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen at North Carolina State
  • New York nose tackle John Jenkins played at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, was a third round draft pick (82nd overall) of New Orleans in 2013 and played four seasons for the Saints
  • Giants defensive back Kamrin Moore was a fifth round draft pick (189th overall) of the Saints in 2018
  • New York defensive back B.W. Webbplayed for New Orleans in 2016
  • Giants wide receivers Coach Tyke Tolbert played wideout at LSU. Tolbert also served on the same Denver Broncos coaching staff with Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen in 2011
  • New York offensive line coach Hal Hunter served as offensive line coach at LSU from 1995-98, serving as assistant head coach in 1999 and serving as interim head coach for the season finale, coaching them to a 35-20 season-ending win over Arkansas
  • New York assistant offensive line coach Ben Wilkerson played at LSU from 2001-04, servedas a graduate assistant at his alma mater in 2011 and served as, offensive line coach at Grambling State from 2012-13.

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