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New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers connections

Check out the connections between the two teams before Sunday's game

Player Connections

Saints CB Brian Dixon and Tampa Bay CB Brandon Dixon are twin brothers.

Buccaneers T Demar Dotson is an Alexandria native who played at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Tampa Bay G Logan Mankins and Saints TE Benjamin Watson were teammates in New England from 2005-09.

New Orleans NT Brodrick Bunkley prepped at Chamberlain (Tampa) High School and played at Florida State.

FB Erik Lorig was a seventh round draft pick of Tampa Bay in 2010 and played for the last four seasons for the Buccaneers.

QB Luke McCown played for Tampa Bay from 2005-08 and appeared in seven games with three starts for the Buccaneers, completing 94 of 140 passes for 1,009 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions. His older brother, Josh, plays quarterback for Tampa Bay.

OLB Ronald Powell played at the University of Florida from 2010-13.

CB Patrick Robinson played at Florida State from 2006-09.

Tampa Bay LB Jonathan Casillas played for New Orleans from 2009-12.

Saints QB Drew Brees and Tampa Bay WR Vincent Jackson were teammates with the San Diego Chargers in 2005.

New Orleans LB Curtis Lofton and Tampa Bay P Michael Koenen were teammates in Atlanta in 2008.

Lofton and Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy were college teammates at Oklahoma from 2006-07.

Saints RB Mark Ingram and Buccaneers S Mark Barron were college teammates at the University of Alabama. Barron prepped at St. Paul's Episcopal (Mobile, Al.) High School.

New Orleans DE Glenn Foster and Tampa Bay LB Akeem Spence were college teammates at the University of Illinois.

Coaching Connections

Saints director/player development Fred McAfee played for Tampa Bay in 1999.

Tampa Bay college scoutTony Kinkela served as director/football operations at Tulane University from 2006-08.

New Orleans offensive assistant/wide receivers Carter Sheridan played defensive back at Florida A&M.

Quarterbacks CoachMike Neu served as a backup signal-caller for the Arena Football League's Orlando Predators in 1996.

S Jairus Byrd's father, Gill Byrd, serves as cornerbacks coach for Tampa Bay.

Gill Byrd, Tampa Bay senior defensive assistantLarry Marmie and assistant head coach/linebackers Joe Vitt served on the same staff in St. Louis from 2004-05.

Tampa Bay quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo spent the 2012 season as offensive coordinator/outside receivers coach at Southern Mississippi.

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