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Inside the Game: Saints vs Chargers connections 

Take an inside look at the preseason match up between the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Chargers

The New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Chargers teamed up for a joint practice prior to their Preseason Week 3 matchup.

  • Saints quarterback Drew Brees was originally selected by the Chargers in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played for the Bolts from 2001 to 2005 and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2004 before joining the Black and Gold prior to the 2006 campaign. Brees and Chargers special assistant LaDainian Tomlinson were both selected by the club in the 2001 NFL Draft as fellow Texas High School football stars and were teammates in San Diego from 2001-05
  • Saints linebacker Manti Te'o was drafted by the Chargers in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He made 38 appearances with 34 starts for the team before joining the Saints in 2017
  • New Orleans head coach Sean Payton and Los Angeles head coach Anthony Lynn served on the same Dallas Cowboys offensive coaching staff in 2005. Saints coaching assistant Deuce Schwartz, Lynn, Chargers defensive assistant D'Anton Lynn and offensive line coach Pat Meyer served on the same Buffalo coaching staff from 2015-16. Lynn and New Orleans linebacker Nate Stupar were college teammates at Penn State. Payton also served on the same Cowboys offensive coaching staff with Los Angeles tight ends Coach John McNulty in 2003
  • Cornerback Patrick Robinson played for the Chargers in 2015
  • Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael was an offensive assistant and later an assistant wide receivers coach for the Chargers from 2002 to 2005 before joining the Saints coaching staff in 2006
  • Saints linebackers coach Mike Nolan served in that capacity for the Chargers in 2015
  • Saints assistant special teams Coach Kevin O'Dea was a defensive and special teams assistant for the Chargers from 1994 to 1995
  • Chargers assistant defensive line coach Eric Henderson was born in New Orleans
  • Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas was born in Los Angeles and attended William Howard Taft Charter (Woodland Hills, Calif.) HS
  • Saints safety Marcus Williams was born in Corona, Calif. and attended Eleanor Roosevelt (Eastvale, Calif.) HS. Williams and Chargers tackle Sam Tevi were teammates at Utah
  • In 2009 and 2010, Saints running back Mark Ingram and Chargers defensive tackle Damion Square played together at Alabama, where they won a national title after the 2009 campaign
  • In 2014, the Arkansas Razorbacks football team included Saints defensive end Mitchell Loewen and running back Jonathan Williams and Chargers defensive end Darius Philon
  • In 2008 and 2009, Saints tight end Michael Hoomanawanui and Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget were college teammates at the University of Illinois
  • Defensive Line Coach Ryan Nielsen tutored Chargers rookie defensive tackle Justin Jones at North Carolina State prior to taking the reigns of the Saints defensive line in 2017
  • In 2013 at the University of Miami (Fla.), Saints defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad and Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman were college teammates
  • Saints tackle Michael Ola played for the Chargers in 2015 and 2017
  • Saints guard Larry Warford is a San Diego native who initially prepped at Oceanside (Calif.) HS as a freshman and sophomore before relocating with his family to Kentucky
  • Tackle Ryan Ramczyk and Chargers running back Derek Watt were college teammates at Wisconsin in 2015
  • In 2014 and 2015, the Ohio State football roster included Saints quarterback J.T. Barrett, safety Vonn Bell, wide receiver Michael Thomas, cornerback Marshon Lattimore, Chargers denfensive end Joey Bosa and quarterback Cardale Jones
  • New Orleans linebacker Craig Robertson and Los Angeles wide receiver Travis Benjamin were teammates in Cleveland from 2012-15
  • Saints assistant offensive line coach Brendan Nugent, Meyer and Chargers assistant defensive backs voach Chris Harris, who played at Louisiana-Monroe, served on the same coaching staff in Chicago from 2013-14

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