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Connections: Patriots - Giants

A look at the connections between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants.


  • Giants RB Shane Vereen was drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He was with the team from 2011-14, winning Super Bowl XLIX in his final season at New England, in which he set a then Super Bowl record for receptions by a running back with 11 in the Patriots' victory over Seattle.
  • Giants LB Jonathan Casillas appeared in eight games for New England during the 2014 season.
  • Giants G Jon Halapiowas originally drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He spent training camp at New England in both 2014 and 2016.
  • Giants LB Deontae Skinner signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and was on the team's practice squad when they won Super Bowl XLIX.
  • Giants DT Robert Thomas spent a few weeks on the Patriots practice squad in 2015.
  • Giants defensive line coach Patrick Graham spent the 2009-15 seasons on the New England coaching staff, including three as the team's linebackers coach and two as defensive line coach.
  • Giants assistant strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul held the same position with the Patriots from 2000-04, helping the team to three Super Bowl titles during his tenure.
  • Giants director of pro personnel Ken Sternfeld worked for the Patriots for 21 years (1981-2001) in a variety of roles, primarily scouting.


  • Patriots head coach Bill Belichick served in various roles on the Giants' coaching staff from 1979-90: special teams (1979-80), special teams/linebackers (1981-82), linebackers (1983-84), defensive coordinator (1985-88) and defensive coordinator/secondary (1989-90). He helped the Giants capture Super Bowl titles in 1986 and 1990.


  • Patriots offensive coordinator/quarterbacks Josh McDaniels was the head coach of the Broncos when Giants WR Brandon Marshall played at Denver.
  • Giants CB Janoris Jenkins played with Patriots WR Danny Amendola at the St. Louis Rams in 2012.
  • Patriots LB Jonathan Freeny and RB Mike Gillislee were Dolphins teammates with Giants G John Jerry and DE Olivier Vernon. Vernon also played with Patriots OL Jamil Douglas at Miami.
  • Patriots LB Jonathan Freeny played with Giants WR Brandon Marshallat Miami in 2011.
  • Patriots DL Lawrence Guy was teammates with Giants T Ereck Flowers at San Diego in 2013 and 2014.
  • Patriots LB David Harris played with Giants K Mike Nugent (2007- 08), QB Geno Smith (2013-16), DT Damon Harrison (2012-15) and WR Brandon Marshall(2015-16) at the New York Jets.
  • Giants K Mike Nugent also played with Patriots DL Alan Branch at Arizona (2009) and RB Rex Burkhead (2013-16) and FB James Develin (2010-11) at Cincinnati.
  • Patriots RB Rex Burkhead and Giants QB Josh Johnson played together at Cincinnati in 2012.
  • Patriots LB Shea McClellin played with Giants WR Brandon Marshall(2012-14) and LB J.T. Thomas III (2012) at Chicago. Giants assistant special teams coach Dwayne Stukeswas also on the coaching staff when McClellin played for the Bears.
  • Giants QB Josh Johnson also played with Patriots WR Chris Hogan, RB Mike Gillislee and CB Stephon Gilmore at Buffalo in 2015.
  • Giants DT Corbin Bryant was teammates with WR Chris Hogan, RB Mike Gillislee, CB Stephon Gilmore, DL Alan Branch and FB Glenn Gronkowski at Buffalo.
  • Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie played with Patriots DL Alan Branch at the Arizona Cardinals and also with Patriots RB Dion Lewis at the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy and OL LaAdrian Waddle were teammates with Giants DE Devin Taylorat Detroit.
  • Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo worked with Patriots offensive coordinator/quarterbacks Josh McDaniels and defensive line coach Brendan Daly at St. Louis, all serving in the same capacity for the Rams. Patriots WR Danny Amendola also played for the Rams when Spagnuolo worked there.
  • Giants running backs coach Craig Johnson and Patriots defensive line coach Brendan Daly worked together at Minnesota. Daly was also coaching for the Vikings when Giants TE Rhett Ellison played there.
  • Patriots wide receivers coach Chad O'Sheaand Giants offensive line coach Mike Solariworked together on the coaching staff at Kansas City from 2003-05.
  • Patriots DL Lawrence Guy played for the Ravens when Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was the assistant head coach/secondary coach at Baltimore.
  • Patriots DB Eric Rowe played at Philadelphia when Giants linebackers coach Bill McGovern was the outside linebackers coach for the Eagles.


  • Patriots CB Cyrus Jones played with Giants S Landon Collins, DT Dalvin Tomlinsonand G D.J. Fluker at Alabama, where together they won a national championship in 2012. Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower was also teammates with Fluker, and the two played together on Alabama's 2011 national championship team.
  • Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell and C David Andrews were teammates with Giants WR Tavarres King at Georgia from 2011-12.
  • Patriots WR Brandin Cooks and Giants S Ryan Murphy played together at Oregon State from 2011-13.
  • Patriots DL Woodrow Hamilton played with Giants TE Evan Engram at Mississippi from 2013-15.
  • Patriots RB Brandon Bolden and Giants G John Jerry played together at Mississippi from 2008-09.
  • Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore played with Giants DE Devin Taylorat South Carolina from 2009-11.
  • Patriots OL Marcus Cannon and Giants DE Stansly Mapongawere teammates at TCU and helped lead the Horned Frogs to a 13-0 record and Rose Bowl victory in 2010.
  • Patriots OL James Ferentz and Giants T Adam Gettis played together on the offensive line at Iowa from 2009-11.
  • Patriots RB Mike Gillislee played together with Giants CBJanoris Jenkins and LB B.J. Goodson at Florida.
  • Giants DT Robert Thomas played for Arkansas when Patriots LB Brooks Ellis, DL Trey Flowers and DL Deatrich Wise, Jr., were on the team.
  • Patriots G Ted Karras was college teammates with Giants TE Matt LaCosse at Illinois from 2012-14.
  • Patriots DE Derek Rivers and Giants DE Avery Moss, both selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, played together at Youngstown State from 2015-16.
  • Giants DE Avery Moss also spent two seasons at Nebraska, where he played with Patriots TE Sam Cotton and DT Vincent Valentine.
  • Patriots OL Conor McDermott was teammates with Giants DE Owa Odighizuwa and RB Paul Perkinsat UCLA.
  • Patriots DL Geneo Grissom and Giants WR Sterling Shepard played together at Oklahoma from 2012-14.
  • Patriots DB Justin Coleman and Giants DEJordan Williams were teammates at Tennessee from 2011-14.
  • Patriots DB David Jones played with Giants DE Kerry Wynn at Richmond from 2012-13.
  • Patriots DL Keionta Davis and Giants FB Jacob Huesman played together at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.
  • Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was on the coaching staff at Syracuse with Giants secondary/cornerbacks coach Tim Walton in 2002 and Giants tight ends coach Kevin M. Gilbridein 2003.
  • Patriots head strength and condition coach Moses Cabreraand Giants quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti, Jr., worked together at Fresno State University in the early 2000s.
  • Giants quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti, Jr., was on the coaching staff at Rutgers when Patriots DB Duron Harmon played for the Scarlet Knights.

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