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Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos: Player and coaching connections

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The Cincinnati Bengals had Denver Broncos safety Shiloh Keo on their offseason roster, while two other former Bengals are now Broncos, too.

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The Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos have a few interesting player connections including many former teammates, dating back to high school. Broncos linebacker Corey Nelson was teammates with Cincinnati linebacker P.J. Dawson at Skyline High School in Dallas, Texas. More recently, C.J. Anderson and Marvin Jones spent the 2011 season as teammates at California. Here's the full rundown of Bengals and Broncos connections.

College Connections:

  • Denver NT Sylvester Williams spent two seasons (2011-12) at North Carolina with Bengals RB Giovani Bernard and C Russell Bodine.
  • Denver QB Brock Osweiler and S Omar Bolden played at Arizona State with Cincinnati LB Vontaze Burfict from 2009-11.
  • Bolden was coached at Arizona State by Bengals Defensive Backs Coach Mark Carrier for three seasons (2007-09).
  • Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (2007-08) and DE Vance Walker (2005-08) were Georgia Tech teammates with Bengals DE Michael Johnson.
  • Broncos DE Malik Jackson and Cincinnati LB Rey Maualuga played the 2008 season together at Southern California.
  • Denver WR Andre Caldwell (2007) and OLB Lerentee McCray (2008) played at Florida with Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap. Caldwell also played the 2006 season at Florida with Bengals S Reggie Nelson.
  • Broncos RB C.J. Anderson and Cincinnati WR Marvin Jones spent the 2011 season as teammates at California.
  • Denver S Darian Stewart played at South Carolina for one season (2009) with Cincinnati C T.J. Johnson.
  • Broncos G Evan Mathis and Bengals DE Wallace Gilberry played for the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2004.
  • Denver DE Derek Wolfe spent one season (2008) at Cincinnati with Bengals P Kevin Huber.
  • Broncos C Matt Paradis and Cincinnati S George Iloka were Boise State teammates from 2010-11.

Former NFL coaching and teammate connections

  • Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak coached Bengals LS Clark Harris (2008) and T Eric Winston (2006-11) as the head coach in Houston. Winston was also coached by Denver Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison in Houston from 2010-11.
  • Broncos S Shiloh Keo (2011), DE Antonio Smith (2009-11) and TE Owen Daniels (2006-11) were Texans teammates with Winston. Daniels was also a Houston teammate with Harris in 2008.
  • Denver OLB DeMarcus Ware played in Dallas with Bengals CB Adam Jones. Denver Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips also coached Jones in Dallas in 2008 when he was the Cowboys head coach.
  • Broncos DE Vance Walker spent the 2013 season in Oakland with Cincinnati DT Pat Sims. Sims and Smith were Raiders teammates in 2014.
  • Broncos CB Aqib Talib spent the 2009 season in Tampa Bay with Bengals K Mike Nugent.
  • Denver Assistant Defensive Backs Coach Samson Brown coached with the New York Jets from 2010-11 with Cincinnati Defensive Backs Coach Mark Carrier.
  • Broncos Special Teams Coordinator Joe DeCamillis coached Bengals S Reggie Nelson in Jacksonville for two seasons (2007-08).

Former Bengals on the Broncos

  • Denver WR Andre Caldwell spent four seasons with the Bengals from 2008-11. Caldwell was the Bengals' third round draft pick in 2008 and was part of the Bengals' 2009 and 2011 playoff teams.
  • Broncos G Evan Mathis played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2008–2010. He did not allow a sack during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
  • Broncos S Shiloh Keo spent the 2015 offseason with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Hometown connections

  • Denver DE Derek Wolfe attended the University of Cincinnati from 2008-11 and is from Lisbon, Ohio.
  • Broncos WR Cody Latimer is from Dayton, Ohio.
  • Broncos S David Bruton Jr. is from Miamisburg, Ohio.
  • Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman went to Ohio State.
  • Broncos DE Kenny Anunike is from Galena, Ohio.
  • Broncos LB Danny Trevathian played at Kentucky.
  • Broncos Defensive Line coach Bill Kollar is from Warren, Ohio.
  • Broncos Wide Receivers coach Tyke Tolbert coached at Ohio University in 1995.
  • Cincinnati Defensive Backs Coach Vance Joseph played quarterback at Colorado from 1990-94 and was a graduate assistant for the Buffaloes from 1999-2001.
  • Bengals H-Back Ryan Hewitt is from Denver and played under Broncos radio play-by-play announcer Dave Logan at Mullen High School, helping the Mustangs win the 2008 5A State Championship.
  • Broncos CB Bradley Roby shares Suwanee, Ga., as his hometown with Bengals S Derron Smith and TE C.J. Uzomah. Roby played at Ohio State for three seasons (2011-13).
  • Denver Outside Linebackers Coach Fred Pagac coached in multiple positions at Ohio State from 1978-2000.
  • Broncos ILB Corey Nelson was teammates with Cincinnati LB P.J. Dawson at Skyline High School in Dallas from 2007-09.