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Giants vs. Vikings: Making the Connection

Posted Oct 16, 2013

Giants.com explores connections with the team's Monday Night opponent, the Minnesota Vikings

VIKINGS CONNECTIONS


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Know Your Opponent: Vikings
  • DE Justin Trattou
    Prior to joining the Vikings, Trattou was a member of the Giants from 2011-13. He played in 11 games with the Giants and recorded one tackle and four special teams tackles.

  • Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer
    Served as assistant special teams coach for the Giants from 2003-05. In 2003, Priefer helped the Giants tie for second in the NFL with four blocked kicks (two punts, one field goal, one PAT) during that campaign.


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VIKINGS NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY-AREA CONNECTIONS

  • DE George Johnson
    Attended Rutgers University, where he started 35 career games and played in 51. As a senior, Johnson recorded 6.5 sacks.

  • DE Justin Trattou
    Born in Maywood, N.J., and attended Don Bosco Prep High School.

  • LB Gerald Hodges
    Attended Paulsboro (N.J.) High, where he was twice named All-South Jersey and All-Conference.

  • Quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson
    Served as the running backs coach for Rutgers from 1986-88.

  • Running backs coach James Saxon
    Before making the leap to the NFL, Saxon was the running backs coach for Rutgers (1997-98).

  • Assistant strength and conditioning coach Martin Streight
    Born in Trenton, N.J., where he attended McCorristin Catholic High.