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New Orleans Saints vs New York Jets connections

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

Player Connections

*ILB Jonathan Vilmawas 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 Colstonwas a standout at Hofstra from 2001-05 along with Jets G Willie Colon.

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

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

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

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

*S Isa Abdul Quddusprepped 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 Ingramwas 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 Jenkinsattended Francis T. Maloney (Meriden, Conn.) HS.

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

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

Coaching Connections

*Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryanis 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 Weekswere 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 Hagenserved on the same staff in Cleveland from 2009-10.Hagen tutored TE *Benjamin Watson *for the Browns from 2010-12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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