Atlanta Falcons vs New Orleans Saints Week 1 Game Preview


New Orleans RB Alvin Kamara is an Atlanta native who trained at Norcross (Ga.) HS, where he rushed for 2,264 yards and 26 touchdowns while averaging 7.5 yards per carry and added 22 receptions for 286 yards and five touchdowns as a senior in 2012. earning Georgia Mr. Football honors from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

New Orleans QB Jameis Winston and Atlanta QB Marcus Mariota were the first and second overall picks respectively in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot is a native of Lake Charles and spent four years at Tulane. He worked out of the New Orleans front office from 2003 to 2020, most recently serving as Vice President/Assistant General Manager/Professional Staff during his final season in New Orleans. .

Saints coach Dennis Allen’s father Grady played for Atlanta from 1968 to 1972. Allen served on the Falcons’ defensive coaching staff from 2002 to 2005 before coming to New Orleans in 2006.

Saints wide receiver Marquez Callaway trained at Warner Robins (Ga.) HS, where he made the Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-State Class AAAA First Team as a defensive back in 2015.

Saints CB Paulson Adebo and Falcons OL Drew Dalman were teammates at Stanford.

Saints linebacker Pete Werner and Falcons center Liam McCullough were teammates at Ohio State.

New Orleans wide receiver Jarvis Landry and Falcons RB Damien Williams were teammates in Miami, where Saints assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi coached them both. in the second leg.

Rizzi and Atlanta linebackers coach Frank Bush were on the same Miami coaching staff from 2017-18.

Winston and Falcons punter Bradley Pinion were teammates on Tampa Bay in 2019.

Falcons offensive line coach Dwayne Ledford went to training camp with the Saints in 2006.

Ryan Neilsen and Ledford, co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach for New Orleans, served on the same North Carolina State staff in 2016.

Saints kicker Wil Lutz trained at Northgate (Newnan, Ga.) HS and played at Georgia State.

New Orleans gambler Blake Gillikin trained at Westminster School in Atlanta.

New Orleans cornerback Bradley Roby trained at Peachtree Ridge (Suwanee, Ga.) HS.

New Orleans wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith and Falcons safety Richie Grant were teammates at UCF in 2017.

Falcons senior personnel executive Ryan Pace worked in the New Orleans front office from 2001 to 2014, even serving as director of player personnel from 2013 to 2014.

Falcons scout Ben Martinez is a West Bank native who came to Atlanta after working in the Saints’ team and video departments.

New Orleans offensive lineman Lewis Kidd and Falcons linebacker Troy Anderson were teammates at Montana State.

Atlanta assistant director of college scouting Dwaune Jones was on the Saints’ player staff from 2005 to 2016.

New Orleans running back Dwayne Washington and Falcons tackle Kaleb McGary were teammates at the University of Washington.

Saints safety Justin Evans was tutored by Falcons secondary coach Jon Hoke at Tampa Bay between 2017 and 2018.

The father of Saints senior scouting adviser Scott Campbell, the late Marion Campbell, was a former Falcons head coach.

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