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Connect The Dots: Colts-Giants (2018, Week 16)

There’s often few degrees of separation from player to player and coach to coach around the National Football League. Let’s take a look at this week’s Colts-Giants connections, presented by Eatel.


INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants are set for their 2018 Week 16 matchup on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

It's that time of the week where we Connect The Dots between the two teams, presented by Venyu:

Indianapolis/New York/New Jersey Connections

·      Colts TE-Eric Ebron and DE-Kemoko Turay are from Newark, N.J. Turay attended Barringer (N.J.) High School.

·      Indianapolis G/C-Quenton Nelson is from Holmdel, N.J.

·      Colts Wide Receivers Coach Kevin Patullo is from Hillsborough, N.J.

·      Indianapolis Linebackers Coach Dave Borgonzi was a graduate assistant at Syracuse for two seasons (2006-07).

·      Colts Head Coach Frank Reich is from Freeport, N.Y.

·      Giants Defensive Backs Coach Lou Anarumo coached with Purdue from 2004-2011.

·      New York Defensive Line Coach Gary Emanuel had two coaching stints with Purdue (1997-2004, 2010-11).

·      Giants Strength and Conditioning Coach Aaron Wellman worked at Indiana University from 1997-2001. He also worked at Ball State from 2004-09.

Former Colts/Giants

·      Colts Offensive Line Coach Dave DeGuglielmo coached with the Giants from 2004-08.

·      Giants QB-Ryan Tanney spent time on the Colts practice squad in 2015.

·      New York Defensive Line Coach Gary Emanuel coached with Indianapolis from 2012-17.

·      Giants Offensive Line Coach Hal Hunter coached with the Colts from 2013-15.

·      New York Defensive Coordinator James Bettcher worked for Indianapolis in 2012.

College Connections

·      Colts Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Richard Howell went to Davidson when Giants Assistant Special Teams Coach Tom Quinn coached there in 1991.

·      Indianapolis Offensive Line Coach Dave DeGuglielmo coached with Quinn at Boston University in 1995.

·      Indianapolis DT/DE-Denico Autry played at Mississippi State when New York Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Thomas Stallworth and Assistant Defensive Backs Coach Deshea Townsend worked there from 2012-13.

·      Colts QB-Jacoby Brissett (2013-15) and RB-Nyheim Hines (2014-17) played at North Carolina State when Giants DT-B.J. Hill (2014-17) and Stallworth (2015-16) were there.

·      Indianapolis Sports Science/Conditioning Coach Ryan Podell worked with New York Strength and Conditioning Coach Aaron Wellman at Ball State from 2006-08.

·      Colts G/C-Quenton Nelson played at Notre Dame when Wellman was there in 2015.

·      Indianapolis WR-Chester Rogers played at Grambling State when New York Assistant Offensive Line Coach Ben Wilkerson was there from 2012-13.

·      Colts S-Corey Moore (2011-14) played with Giants DT-John Jenkins (2009-2012), LB-Alec Ogletree (2010-12) and OLB-Lorenzo Carter (2014-17) at Georgia.

·      Indianapolis CB-Nate Hairston played at Temple with New York S-Sean Chandler from 2014-16.

·      Colts LB-Anthony Walker played at Northwestern with Giants TE-Garrett Dickerson from 2014-16.

·      Indianapolis LB-Zaire Franklin played at Syracuse with New York P-Riley Dixon from 2014-15.

·      Colts RB-Jordan Wilkins played at Mississippi with Giants TE-Evan Engram from 2013-16.

·      Indianapolis TE-Eric Ebron played at North Carolina with New York OLB-Kareem Martin from 2011-13.

·      Colts QB-Andrew Luck (2008-2011) and TE-Ryan Hewitt (2010-13) played at Stanford with Giants DE-Josh Mauro (2009-2013) and S-Michael Thomas (2008-2011).

·      Indianapolis DE-Al-Quadin Muhammad played at Miami (FL) with New York DT-RJ McIntosh in 2015.

·      Colts DT-Al Woods played with Giants WR-Russell Shepard at LSU in 2009.

·      Indianapolis C-Ryan Kelly played at Alabama with New York DT-Dalvin Tomlinson from 2012-15.

·      Colts LS-Luke Rhodes played at William & Mary with Giants CB-B.W. Webb from 2011-12.

·      Indianapolis LB-Darius Leonard played at South Carolina State with New York CB-Antonio Hamilton from 2014-15.

NFL Connections

·      Indianapolis Defensive Backs/Cornerbacks Coach Jonathan Gannon spent time with New York Head Coach Pat Shurmur and G-John Greco from 2009-2010 in St. Louis.

·      Colts Defensive Backs/Safeties Coach Alan Williams (2012-13) and Gannon (2014-17) spent time with Giants Running Backs Coach Craig Johnson (2010-13), Shurmur (2016-17) and TE-Rhett Ellison (2012-16) in Minnesota.

·      Indianapolis DE-Jabaal Sheard (2011-14), CB-Pierre Desir (2014-15) and Special Teams Coordinator Bubba Ventrone (2009-2012, as a player) were with Cleveland when Greco (2011-16) and Shurmur (2011-12) were there.

·      Colts QB-Jacoby Brissett (2016), CB-Kenny Moore II (2017), Sheard (2015-16), Offensive Line Coach Dave DeGuglielmo (2014-15), Assistant Special Teams Coach Frank Ross (2011-12, 2015-17) and Ventrone (2015-17) spent time with New England when Giants T-Nate Solder (2011-17) was there.

·      DeGuglielmo spent time with New York Defensive Backs Coach Lou Anarumo and S-Michael Thomas with the Dolphins in 2017.

·      Colts Head Coach Frank Reich (2016-17), C-Josh Andrews (2014-17) and LB-Najee Goode (2013-17) were with Philadelphia when Giants Linebackers Coach Bill McGovern (2013-15), LB-Connor Barwin (2013-16) and Shurmur (2013-15) were there.

·      Indianapolis S-Mike Mitchell was with Carolina in 2013 when New York Offensive Coordinator Mike Shula, Director of Player Personnel Mark Koncz and Senior Vice President and General Manager Dave Gettleman were there.

·      Reich played in Carolina when Koncz was there in 1995.

·      Reich worked in Arizona with Giants Assistant Defensive Backs Coach Deshea Townsend in 2012.

·      Indianapolis WR-Zach Pascal (2017), Wide Receivers Coach Kevin Patullo (2015) and DT-Al Woods (2014-16) spent time with Giants CB-Curtis Riley (2016-17), CB-B.W. Webb (2015) and Townsend (2016-17) in Tennessee.

·      Mitchell played with Webb in Pittsburgh in 2014.

·      Indianapolis C/G-Evan Boehm played for Arizona when New York Defensive Coordinator James Bettcher, Assistant Special Teams Coach Anthony Blevins, DE-Josh Mauro and OLB-Kareem Martin were there from 2016-17.

·      Colts Running Backs Coach Tom Rathman worked with Giants Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey in San Francisco in 2015.

·      Colts Director of Sports Performance Rusty Jones spent time in Buffalo with Giants Wide Receivers Coach Tyke Tolbert in 2004.

·      Indianapolis RB-Jonathan Williams played for the Broncos when Tolbert was there in 2017.

·      Colts DT/DE-Denico Autry (2014-17), Assistant Offensive Line Coach Bobby Johnson (2015-17) and Senior Football Strategy Analyst/Game Management George Li (2011-17) were in Oakland when Giants CB-Antonio Hamilton (2016-17), DE-Mario Edwards Jr. (2015-17) and TE-Scott Simonson (2014) were there.

·      Indianapolis LS-Luke Rhodes (2016), Defensive Line Coach Mike Phair (2014) and Linebackers Coach Dave Borgonzi (2014-17) spent time with New York WR-Russell Shepard (2013-16) in Tampa Bay.

·      Colts Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus and Borgonzi were in Dallas with Webb in 2013.

·      Indianapolis DE-Al-Quadin Muhammad played with New York LB-Nate Stupar in New Orleans in 2017.

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