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Highlighting Pats-Ravens connections

Taking a look at some of the connections to the Patriots amongst current members of the Baltimore Ravens organization.

SAFETY JAMES IHEDIGBO

Ihedigbo signed with the Patriots as a free agent in 2011, and ending up assuming a role as both a regular contributor on defense and special teams. He was re-signed prior to training camp this season, but was eventually released before the finalization of the 53-man roster. He landed on his feet in Baltimore, and has chipped in four tackles through two games.

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR DEAN PEES

Pees was promoted to the coordinator position in his third year in Baltimore after Chuck Pagano left that post to become the Colts' head coach earlier in 2012. Pees served as the Patriots defensive coordinator for four seasons (2006-2009), prior to which he was the linebackers coach from 2004-2005.

DEFENSIVE END ARTHUR JONES

Amongst the unique story lines leading up to Sunday is the pitting of two of the three Jones brothers, as Arthur will square off against his kid brother Chandler, the Patriots' rookie defensive end. The two played together - and were even roommates - at Syracuse, before Arhtur was taken in the fifth round of the 2010 draft. Through two-plus seasons, Arthur has amassed 24 tackles for Baltimore. (For more on the Jones brothers, including eldest brother Jon, an MMA champion, check out this piece from James Walker, the AFC East blogger for ESPN.com).

GENERAL MANAGER OZZIE NEWSOME

Newsome, a decorated executive and Hall of Fame tight end, began his personnel career with the Cleveland Browns back in 1991 as a special assignment scout, when Bill Belichick was the team's head coach. In fact, Newsome served, amongst other roles, as an assistant to Bill Belichick, and the two have a well documented mutual reverence. Newsome has earned a reputation as one of the top talent evaluators in all of football.

DIRECTOR OF PRO PERSONNEL VINCE NEWSOME AND SENIOR PERSONNEL ASSISTANT GEORGE KOKINIS

Both of these men broke into the scouting world with the Cleveland Browns while Belichick held the position of head coach, and each has since risen within the organization. Kokinis was briefly tabbed as the new Browns general manager in 2009, before returning to Baltimore in 2010. Newsome played under Belichick with the Browns from 1991-1992.