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New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers connections

Take a look at the connections between the Saints and Buccaneers 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 played with TE Benjamin Watson, DE Brandon Deaderick and K Shayne Graham in New England.

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 is the starting quarterback for Tampa Bay.

TE Jimmy Graham and Tampa Bay RB Mike James were college teammates at the University of Miami (Fla.) in 2009.

NT John Jenkins and Buccaneers WR Tavarres King were college teammates at the University of Georgia.

OLB Ronald Powell played at the University of Florida from 2010-13, where he was a college teammate of Tampa Bay WR Solomon Patton.

CB Patrick Robinson and S Marcus Ball played at Florida State.

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.

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

Coaching Connections

Tampa Bay Cornerbacks Coach Gill Byrd, Tampa Bay Senior Defensive Assistant Larry Marmie and Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Joe Vitt served on the same staff in St. Louis from 2004-05.

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

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

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

Tampa Bay college scout Tony 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.

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