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Week 8: Patriots - Bills Connections

NEW ENGLAND TIES

  • Bills S Corey Graham played his college career at New Hampshire.
  • Buffalo senior offensive assistant Chris Palmerplayed quarterback at Southern Connecticut State and later coached at Connecticut, New Haven, and Boston University.

BUFFALO TIES

  • Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll grew up in Buffalo and attended St. Francis High School.
  • Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski grew up in Williamsville, N.Y., and attended Williamsville North HS for three years before moving to Pittsburgh for his senior year.

FORMER PATRIOTS

  • Bills LB Brandon Spikesplayed for the Patriots from 2010-2013 and compiled 328 tackles on the New England defense during that time.
  • Buffalo WR **Brandon Tate *played for the Patriots from 2009-10 and caught 24 passes for 432 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Buffalo senior offensive assistant Chris Palmer was the wide receivers coach for the Patriots from 1993-95 and coached the quarterbacks during the 1996 season.
  • Bills assistant head coach/defense Rob Ryan was the linebackers coach in New England from 2000-03 and won two Super Bowls with the Patriots.

FORMER BILLS

  • Patriots WR Chris Hogan played for the Bills from 2012-15 and totaled 87 receptions for 959 yards and six touchdowns.
  • New England DL Alan Branch played in Buffalo during the 2013 season and finished the year with 39 tackles.

FORMER NFL TEAMMATES

  • Buffalo FB Jerome Felton and S Robert Blanton played for the Vikings when Patriots defensive line coach Brendan Daly worked in Minnesota.
  • Bills G Richie Incognito, TE Charles Clay and K Dan Carpenter played for the Dolphins when Patriots tight ends coach Brian Dabollwas the offensive coordinator for the Dolphins. Carpenter was also teammates with Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich at the Dolphins during the 2008 season
  • Buffalo DE Leger Douzable, WR Greg Salas and G Richie Incognito played with Patriots DE Chris Long and WR Danny Amendola at the St. Louis Rams.
  • Bills G Ryan Groy and T Jordan Mills played with Patriots TE Martellus Bennett and LB Shea McClellin at the Chicago Bears. Buffalo offensive line coach* aron Kromer* and offensive assistant Pat Meyer were also with the Bears when Bennett and McCellin played in Chicago.
  • Bills WR Brandon Tate played with Patriots FB James Develin at the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • Bills assistant head coach/defense *Rob Ryan *was the defensive coordinator for the Browns when Patriots tight ends coach *Brian Daboll **as the offensive coordinator in Cleveland.
  • Ryan was also the defensive coordinator at the Dallas Cowboys when Patriots TE Martellus Bennett played for the team.

FORMER COLLEGE TEAMMATES

  • Bills T Cordy Glenn played with Patritos C David Andrews and WR Malcolm Mitchell at Georgia.
  • Buffalo WR Marquise Goodwinand Patriots DL Malcom Brown were teammates at Texas in 2012.
  • Bills LB Jerry Hughes played with New England OL Marcus Cannon at Texas Christian.
  • Buffalo T Cyrus Kouandijo played at Alabama with Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower.
  • Bills RB LeSean McCoy played at Pittsburgh with Patriots DL Jabaal Sheard.
  • Buffalo T Jordan Mills and New England P Ryan Allen were teammates at Louisiana Tech.
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