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Connect The Dots: Colts-Patriots (2018, Week 5)

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-Patriots connections, presented by Eatel.


INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots are set for their 2018 Week 5 matchup on Thursday at Gillette Stadium.

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

Indiana/Massachusetts Connections:

• Colts Offensive Line Coach Dave DeGuglielmo coached at Boston University (1993-96), Boston College (1991-92) and Connecticut (1997-98). He is from Cambridge, Mass. and attended Boston University from 1987-1990.

• Indianapolis T-Anthony Castonzo played at Boston College from 2007-2010.

• Colts Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Doug McKenney worked for the Hartford Whalers from 1989-1995.

• New England OL-Ted Karras is from Indianapolis, Ind. and played at Cathedral High School.

Former Colts/Patriots:

• Colts DE-Jabaal Sheard played for the Patriots from 2015-16.

• Indianapolis CB-Kenny Moore II spent time with New England during the 2017 offseason.

• Colts QB-Jacoby Brissett was selected by the Patriots in the third round (91st overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

• Indianapolis K-Adam Vinatieri played for New England from 1996-2005.

• Colts Special Teams Coordinator Bubba Ventrone played for the Patriots from 2007-08 and also coached with them from 2015-17.

• Indianapolis Assistant Special Teams Coach Frank Ross served five seasons (2011-12, 2015-17) in player personnel with the Patriots.

• New England Head Coach Bill Belichick coached for the Baltimore Colts in 1975.

• Patriots Offensive Line Coach Dante Scarnecchia coached for the Colts from 1989-1990.

• New England TE-Dwyane Allen was selected by Indianapolis in the third round (64th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft and played for the Colts from 2012-16.

• Patriots WR-Phillip Dorsett was selected by the Colts in the first round (29th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft and played for Indianapolis from 2015-16.

• New England DL-Lawrence Guy played for Indianapolis from 2012-13.

• Patriots DE-John Simon played for the Colts in 2017.

College Connections:

• Indianapolis S-Corey Moore played one season (2014) at Georgia with New England C-David Andrews and RB-Sony Michel.

• Colts CB-Quincy Wilson played one season (2014) with Patriots OL-Trent Brown and DB-J.C. Jackson at Florida.

• Indianapolis DE-Al-Quadin Muhammad played one season (2013) at Miami (FL) with New England WR-Phillip Dorsett.

• Colts C-Ryan Kelly (2011-15) played at Alabama when Patriots Special Teams Coach Joe Judge (2009-2011), LB-Dont'a Hightower (2008-2011) and DB-Cyrus Jones (2012-15) were in Tuscaloosa.

• Indianapolis G-Braden Smith played with New England DB-Jonathan Jones at Auburn from 2014-15.

• Colts Defensive Line Coach Mike Phair worked at Illinois when Patriots OL-Ted Karras played there in 2015.

• Indianapolis CB-Chris Milton and New England OL-Shaq Mason played together at Georgia Tech from 2011-14.

• Colts LB-Matthew Adams and Patriots LB-Elandan Roberts played at Houston together from 2014-15.

• Indianapolis QB-Jacoby Brissett and RB-Nyheim Hines played with New England OL-Joe Thuney at North Carolina State in 2014.

• Colts Special Teams Coordinator Bubba Ventrone played at Villanova when Patriots Defensive Line Coach Brendan Daly coached there in 2005.

• Indianapolis RB-Jordan Wilkins played at Ole Miss when New England Coaching Assistant DeMarcus Covington coached there from 2013-14.

NFL Connections:

• Colts Running Backs Coach Tom Rathman coached with the 49ers when Patriots OL-Trent Brown played there in 2016.

• Indianapolis LB-Najee Goode played with New England S-Patrick Chung in Philadelphia in 2013.

• Goode also played with Patriots DB-Eric Rowe in Philadelphia in 2015.

• Goode played with the Buccaneers when New England DE-Adrian Clayborn played there in 2012.

• Colts Linebackers Coach Dave Borgonzi and Defensive Line Coach Mike Phair coached in Tampa Bay when Clayborn played there in 2014.

• Indianapolis DE-Jabaal Sheard (2011-14) and Special Teams Coordinator Bubba Ventrone (2012) played with New England WR-Josh Gordon (2012-18) and QB-Brian Hoyer (2013-14) in Cleveland.

• Colts Head Coach Frank Reich (2013-15) and Offensive Coordinator Nick Sirianni (2012-16) worked for the Chargers when Patriots DL-Lawrence Guy (2013-14) played there.

• Reich worked for the Cardinals when Hoyer played there in 2012.

• Hoyer also spent time in Pittsburgh in 2012 with Indianapolis DT-Al Woods.

• Colts S-Corey Moore (2015-17) played with New England DE-John Simon (2014-16) and Hoyer (2015) in Houston.

• Indianapolis CB-Pierre Desir played with New England DL-Danny Shelton with the Browns in 2015.

• Colts Assistant Offensive Line Coach Bobby Johnson (2013-14) and Defensive Backs/Safeties Coach Alan Williams (2014-17) worked in Detroit when Patriots OL-LaAdrian Waddle (2013-15) played there.

• Indianapolis Defensive Backs/Cornerbacks Coach Jonathan Gannon (2012-13), Wide Receivers Coach Kevin Patullo (2015) and Woods (2014-16) spent time in Tennessee with New England CB-Jason McCourty (2009-2016).

• Gannon (2014-16), Johnson (2017) and Williams (2012-13) coached in Minnesota when Patriots WR-Cordarrelle Patterson (2013-16) and Defensive Line Coach Brendan Daly (2012-13) were there.

• Gannon worked for the Rams when New England Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels and Daly coached there in 2011.

Hometown Connections:

• Colts TE-Jack Doyle and Patriots OL-Ted Karras are both from Indianapolis, Ind. Doyle and Karras were teammates at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis and were part of the 2009 4A state championship team.

• Indianapolis QB-Andrew Luck, New England WR-Josh Gordon and Wide Receivers Coach Chad O'Shea are from Houston, Texas.

Colts WR-Chester Rogers and Patriots DL-Trey Flowers are both from Huntsville, Ala.

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