Friday, December 21, 2012
By Field Yates
The Patriots don't often play the Jaguars (the NFL's rotating schedule is set up in such a way that a head-to-head meeting is guaranteed only once every three years), but that doesn't mean they are entirely unfamiliar with the franchise, as there's no shortage of connections between the Jaguars and the Patriots/New England area.
Jeremy Mincey never established himself in New England but is now thriving with the Jaguars.
Defensive end Jeremy Mincey. The former sixth-round pick of the Patriots never found his way in New England, as he was waived by the team before ever playing a game. He has landed on his feet in Jacksonville and developed into a nice defensive piece for the Jaguars, totaling eight sacks in 2011 and earning a lucrative new contract this past offseason.
Wide receiver Taylor Price. Another Patriots draft pick who has since found a new home, Price was a 2010 third-round pick who struggled to find the field. He played in just one game with the team, catching three passes for 41 yards. He's currently on injured reserve with Jacksonville.
Tight end Isaiah Stanback. The former Patriots practice squadder was promoted on Tuesday by Jacksonville from their own taxi squad, and he's also switched positions since leaving New England -- he's now a tight end.
Cornerback Antwaun Molden. A member of the Patriots in 2011, Molden latched on with the Giants this past offseason, but was later let go by the team. He has one tackle in three games played with Jacksonville.
Running back Jordan Todman. The former UConn star is a native of Massachusetts who was among the top players in the state during his career at Dartmouth High School. He was added to the Jaguars' active roster from the Vikings practice squad just less than a month ago.
Running back Montell Owens. A special teams standout who has become an offensive factor for Jacksonville, Owens played collegiately at the University of Maine.
Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton. The man they call "Pot Roast" hails from Hartford, Conn., and was a standout player at Windsor High School. He was taken in the third round of the 2009 draft out of Temple.
Director of player personnel Terry McDonough. The Hingham, Mass., native has risen through the NFL ranks to his current position. He actually worked for Bill Belichick with the Browns back in 1992, as he served as an area scout in the personnel department.
Equipment manager John Hillebrand. Hillebrand joined the Jaguars earlier in 2012 after 18 seasons serving as an assistant equipment manager with the Patriots. Talk to Patriots players and they will be quick to tell you how much they value the assistance provided by equipment managers like Hillebrand.
Linebackers coach Mark Duffner. Duffner enjoyed an incredibly successful run as the head coach of Holy Cross from 1986-1991, finishing 60-5-1 and winning the Patriot League on five occasions.
Defensive line coach Joe Cullen. Cullen, a standout player at UMass, graduated from the school in 1990 before serving as a graduate assistant and then an assistant coach with the program after that.
Chris Prescott, regional scout. A native of Bridgeport, Conn., Prescott attended Western New England College in Springfield, Mass., earning four letters on the football team as a safety.