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New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers: Connections

Take a look at the connections between the two teams before Thursday's game

Player Connections

TE Jimmy Graham attended Charis Preparatory (Goldsboro, N.C.) Academy, where he played basketball, football, baseball and tennis.

LB Curtis Lofton and Carolina TE Ben Hartsock were teammates with the Atlanta Falcons in 2008. Lofton and Panthers DE Frank Alexander were teammates at Oklahoma.

Panthers S Roman Harper was a second round pick of the Saints in 2006 and played for New Orleans from 2006-13.

Coaching Connections

Special Teams Coordinator Greg McMahon served as tight ends coach on the East Carolina coaching staff in 2005.

Director of Player Programs Fred McAfee also played for Carolina Offensive CoordinatorMike Shula when he served as offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1999.

Carolina defensive quality control coach/assistant defensive line Sam Mills III is the son of former Saints standout LB Sam Mills, who played for New Orleans from 1986-94 and is a member of the Saints Hall of Fame.

Panthers offensive line coach John Matsko served in the same position in New Orleans from 1994-96. Matsko tutored New Orleans G Ben Grubbs in Baltimore from 2008-10.

Panthers defensive line Coach Eric Washington played tight end at Grambling State from 1989-90 and served on the same coaching staff at Texas A&M with Saints defensive line Coach Bill Johnson in 1997.

Running Backs coach Bret Ingalls and Washington served on the same coaching staff at Northwestern from 2006-07.

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