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Connections: Patriots - Jets

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

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


  • Jets LB Julian Stanford is from Bloomfield, Conn., where he played linebacker, defensive end and running back at Bloomfield High School.
  • New York offensive line coach Steve Marshall is originally from Vernon, Conn., and coached the offensive line at Plymouth State in New Hampshire in 1979.


  • Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft graduated from Columbia University in 1963 with a degree in history and economics and was inducted into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.
  • Patriots defensive coordinatorMatt Patricia was a standout offensive lineman at R.P.I. in Troy, N.Y., where he helped the Engineers capture three ECAC National Championships. After graduating in 1996, Patricia began his coaching career at his alma mater as a graduate assistant.
  • Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores attended Poly Prep HS in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he played running back and linebacker.
  • Patriots safeties coachSteve Belichick attended Rutgers, where he walked on to the football team as a long snapper in order to prepare for his coaching career.
  • Patriots coaching assistant Mike Pellegrino hails from Long Island and is currently in his third season with the Patriots as a coaching assistant, after originally joining the organization as a football operations intern in 2015. Pellegrino attended Johns Hopkins and played lacrosse for the Blue Jays. He was a two-time All-American and team captain as a long stick midfielder. The Long Island native's father is a retired NYPD police officer and his older brother currently serves with the NYPD
  • Patriots DB* *Devin McCourty attended Saint Joseph's HS in Montvale, N.J., where he was an all-league first-team defensive back his final two seasons. McCourty went on to play college football at Rutgers, where he started 39 of 52 games at cornerback and was an Academic All-Big East selection in 2006 and 2007.
  • Patriots WR Kenny Britt is a native of Bayonne, N.J., and also went on to play at Rutgers from 2006-08. During that time, he totaled 178 catches for 3,043 yards and 17 touchdowns, earning offensive team MVP honors and First Team All-Big East recognition.
  • Patriots DB Duron Harmon earned Big-East First Team honors as a junior and senior at Rutgers, where he started 27-of-50 games.
  • Patriots WR Chris Hogan calls Wykoff, N.J., his hometown. He attended Ramapo High School, where he left as the school's all-time leader in receptions, and later played one year of college football at Monmouth University located in West Long Branch, N.J.
  • Patriots RB Dion Lewis is from Blairstown, N.J., and was the New Jersey Prep Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 after rushing 88 times for 1,243 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior at Blair Academy.


  • Jets DE Kony Ealy spent the 2017 offseason and preseason with the Patriots.
  • Jets offensive assistant/assistant quarterbacks coach Mick Lombardi was a scouting assistant and coaching assistant with the Patriots from 2011-12.


  • Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was the assistant head coach/secondary for the Jets from 1997-99. During his tenure at New York, Belichick was responsible for calling the team's defensive plays and helped propel the Jets to their first division title in 1998 and advance to the AFC Championship Game that year.
  • Patriots LB David Harris played for the Jets from 2007-16 and tallied 1,087 tackles, 35 sacks, 31 passes defensed and six interceptions in his 10 years at New York.


  • Patriots DL Lawrence Guy and Jets DB Terrence Brooks played together with the Baltimore Ravens from 2014-15.
  • Patriots DL Alan Branch was teammates with Jets G James Carpenterand WRJermaine Kearse at Seattle.
  • Patriots WR Brandin Cooks played with Jets LB Obum Gwacham at New Orleans.
  • Patriots TE Dwayne Allen and WR Phillip Dorsett played with Jets OL Jonotthan Harrison at Indianapolis. Jets special teams coordinator Brant Boyerwas the assistant special teams coach for the Colts at the same time and also coached Patriots DL Lawrence Guy during his tenure at Indianapolis.
  • Patriots CB Johnson Bademosi and RB Dion Lewis were teammates with Jets CB Buster Skrine and worked with Jets defensive quality control coach Tim Atkinsat the Browns.
  • Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy and OL LaAdrian Waddle were teammates with Jets LB Julian Stanford at Detroit in 2014.
  • Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was the head coach at Cleveland when Jets assistant head coach/inside linebackersMike Caldwellplayed for the Browns from 1993-95.
  • Jets offensive coordinatorJohn Morton was the wide receivers coach at New Orleans from 2015-16 when Patriots WR Brandin Cooks played for the Saints. Morton helped Cooks put up back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and the lead the team in receiving yards each year.
  • Patriots director of college scouting Monti Ossenfort and Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan were a part of Charley Casserley'sscouting staff for the expansion Houston Texans in the early 2000s.
  • Jets head coach Todd Bowles was the secondary coach and interim defensive coordinator for the Eagles in 2012 when Patriots RB Dion Lewis played at Philadelphia. Jets assistant head coach/inside linebackers Mike Caldwellalso coached for the Eagles when Lewis and Patriots WR Danny Amendola were on the team.
  • Patriots RB Mike Gillislee played for the Dolphins from 2013-14 when Jets defensive coordinatorKacy Rodgers was the defensive line coach at Miami.
  • Patriots WR Chris Hogan, RB Mike Gillislee, CB Stephon Gilmore and DL Alan Branch played for the Bills when Jets offensive assistantJason Vrable was an offensive coaching assistant at Buffalo. In 2016, Vrable was named the interim running backs coach in Week 3 and helped Gillislee lead all qualifying NFL runners with a 5.71 rushing average on the year.
  • Patriots WR Danny Amendola played for the Rams when Jets assistant defensive line coach La'Roi Gloverwas the director of player programs at St. Louis. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive line coachBrendan Dalyalso coached for the Rams when Glover was a member of the support staff.
  • Patriots defensive line coach Brendan Dalyand wide receivers coach Chad O'Sheawere on the coaching staff at Minnesota with Jets tight ends coach Jimmie Johnson from 2006-08. Daly returned to the Vikings in 2012-13, where he again worked with Johnson, as well as Jets assistant strength and conditioning coach Aaron McLaurin.


  • Patriots OL Joe Thuney played with Jets CB Juston Burrisat North Carolina State from 2012-15.
  • Patriots TE Dwayne Allen and Jets K Chandler Catanzaro played together at Clemson from 2010-11.
  • Patriots WR Brandin Cooks was teammates with Jets LB Obum Gwacham at Oregon State from 2011-13.
  • Patriots RB Mike Gillislee and Jets OL Jonotthan Harrison played together at Florida from 2010-12.
  • Patriots C David Andrews played with Jets LB Jordan Jenkins at Georgia from 2012-14.
  • Patriots DL Adam Butler and Jets C Wesley Johnsonwere teammates at Vanderbilt University from 2012-13. Butler also played for the Commodores when Jets wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Vanderbilt in 2014.
  • Patriots RB Rex Burkhead shared the field with Jets OL Brent Qvale at Nebraska from 2010-12.
  • In Patriots WR Chris Hogan's one year of college football at Monmouth, Jets TENeal Sterling was a freshman in his redshirt year for the Hawks.
  • Jets wide receivers coach Karl Dorrellwas the head coach at UCLA from 2004-07 when Patriots WR Matthew Slater played for the Bruins.
  • Patriots special teams coach Joe Judge was a member of Alabama's support staff when Jets G James Carpenterplayed for the Crimson Tide and they went on to win the 2009 National Championship.
  • Jets assistant special teams coach Jeff Hammerschmidt coached the special teams unit and defensive ends at Arizona when Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski and LB Marquis Flowers played for the Wildcats.
  • Patriots coaching assistant DeMarcus Covington was a defensive graduate assistant at Ole Miss from 2012-14 when Jets CB Derrick Jones played for the Rebels.
  • Patriots DB Devin McCourty and WR Kenny Britt were freshmen at Rutgers in 2006 when Jets assistant strength and conditioning coach Joe Giacobbewas a senior center and nose tackle on the team.
  • Patriots assistant strength and conditioning coach James Hardy was the director of sports performance at Colorado and worked with Jets offensive line coach Steve Marshall from 2011-12.
  • Patriots defensive line coachBrendan Daly was a graduate assistant at Maryland in 2000 when Jets defensive backs coach Dennard Wilsonplayed at safety for the Terrapins.

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