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Week VI: Patriots-Bengals Connections

A look at Patriots-Bengals connections as we head into this week's game at Gillette Stadium.



  • New England DB Nate Ebner went to Ohio State and grew up in Dublin, Ohio.
  • Patriots OL Joe Thuney is originally from Centerville, Ohio.
  • New England cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer is originally from Heath, Ohio. He was a four-year starter at Muskingum College and later served as a graduate assistant at University of Dayton.
  • Patriots offensive coordinator/quarterbacks Josh McDaniels, director of player personnel Nick Caserio, asistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski and director of pro personnel Dave Ziegler all played college football together at John Carroll University, located in University Heights, Ohio.


  • Bengals WR Brandon LaFell played for the Patriots from 2014-15. In the Super Bowl XLIX win vs. Seattle (2/1/15), LaFell recorded four receptions for 29 yards and one touchdown.


  • Patriots FB James Develin played in Cincinnati from 2010-11.


  • Bengals LB Karlos Dansby played with Patriots DL Alan Branch at the Arizona Cardinals. Dansby also played with New England LB Jonathan Freeny on the Dolphins and played for the team when Patriots tight ends coach Brian Dabollwas the offensive coordinator in Miami.
  • Cincinnati CB Adam Jones played with New England WR Danny Amendola and TE Martellus Bennett at the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Bengals K Mike Nugent played for the Jets when Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll was the quarterbacks coach in New York.
  • Cincinnati G Eric Winston played for the Chiefs when Daboll was the offensive coordinator in Kansas City.
  • Nugent also played with Patriots DL Alan Branch at the Arizona Cardinals.


  • Cincinnati G Christian Westerman and LB Vontaze Burfict were teammates with Patriots RB D.J. Foster at Arizona State.
  • Bengals HB Rex Burkhead and New England DT Vincent Valentine were teammates at Nebraska.
  • Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton and Patriots OL Marcus Cannon played together at Texas Christian.
  • Bengals G Kevin Zeitler and WRAlex Erickson were teammates with Patriots RB James White at Wisconsin.
  • Cincinnati LSClark Harris played at Rutgers when Patriots DB Devin McCourty was a member of the Scarlet Knights.
  • Bengals HB Ryan Hewitt played with Patriots OL Cameron Fleming and DB Jordan Richards at Stanford.
  • Cincinnati S George Iloka and New England LB Shea McClellin were defensive teammates at Boise State.
  • Bengals QB AJ McCarronand CB Dre Kirkpatrick played at Alabama with Patriots LB Don't'a Hightower and were with the team when New England special teams coach Joe Judge was the football analyst/special teams assistant for the Crimson Tide.
  • McCarron also played with Patriots DB Cyrus Jones at Alabama.
  • Cincinnati TE Tyler Kroft played with Patriots DB Duron Harmon and CB Logan Ryan at Rutgers.
  • Bengals TE C.J. Uzomahplayed with New England DB Jonathan Jones at Auburn.
  • Cincinnati S Shawn Williams played with Patriots C David Andrews and WR Malcolm Mitchell at Georgia.
  • Bengals HB Jeremy Hill and WR James Wrightplayed with Patriots LB Barkevious Mingo at Louisiana State.

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