New Orleans Saints vs Atlanta Falcons 2022 Game Preview


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

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

Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot is a Lake Charles native and served four years as a letterman at Tulane, serving in the New Orleans front office from 2003-2020 and most recently as vice president/assistant general manager during his senior season in New Orleans /Pro Staff worked .

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

Saints wide receiver Marquez Callaway prepared at Warner Robins (Ga.) HS, where he was a defensive end in the 2015 Atanta Journal-Constitution All-State Class AAAA first-team.

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

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

New Orleans guard/center Josh Andrews played for Atlanta in 2021.

Saints assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi and Atlanta linebackers coach Frank Bush served on the same coaching staff with the Miami Dolphins from 2017-2018. Winston and Falcons P Bradley Pinion were teammates at Tampa Bay in 2019.

Falcons offensive line coach Dwayne Ledford went to training camp with the Saints in 2006. New Orleans co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen and Ledford served on the same North Carolina State staff in 2016.

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

New Orleans punter Blake Gillikin prepared at Westminster (Atlanta) School.

New Orleans cornerback Bradley Roby prepared HS at Peachtree Ridge, Suwanee, Georgia. Roby and Falcons defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson were teammates in Houston in 2021, while Johnson spent a week on the Saints’ practice team in 2021 and went to training camp with the team in 2022.

Atlanta safety Erik Harris played for New Orleans in 2016.

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

Saints quarterback Andy Dalton and Falcons guard Germain Ifedi were teammates in Chicago in 2021.

Ryan Pace, the Falcons’ senior personnel executive, worked in the New Orleans front office from 2001-2014, including 2013-2014 as director of player staff.

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

Atlanta DT Jalen Dalton served on the Saints practice team and roster from 2019-21.

New Orleans OL Lewis Kidd and Falcons LB Troy Andersen were teammates at Montana State.

Atlanta Assistant Director of College Scouting Dwaune Jones served on the Saints staff from 2005-2016.

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

Saints safety Justin Evans was coached by Falcons secondary coach Jon Hoke in Tampa Bay from 2017-18.

Saints Senior Scouting Consultant Scott Campbell’s father, the late Marion Campbell, was a former Falcons head coach.