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Week IV: Patriots - Bills Connections

A look at Patriots-Bills connections as we head into Sunday's game at Gillette Stadium.

NEW ENGLAND TIES

  • Bills S Corey Graham played his college career at New Hampshire.
  • Buffalo senior offensive assistant Chris Palmer played 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.

FORMER PATRIOTS

  • Bills LB Brandon Spikes played 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.
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FORMER NFL TEAMMATES

  • Buffalo LB Lorenzo Alexanderand TE Jim Dray were teammates with Patriots G Jonathan Cooper at the Arizona Cardinals from 2013-14.
  • Bills S Colt Anderson played with Patriots TE Clay Harbor**at the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Buffalo FBJerome Feltonand SRobert Blantonplayed for the Vikings when Patriots defensive line coach Brendan Daly worked in Minnesota.
  • Bills GRichie Incognito, TECharles Clay *and KDan Carpenter played for the Dolphins when Patriots LB Jonathan Freeny was in Miami and when Patriots tight ends coachBrian Daboll*was the offensive coordinator for the Dolphins. 
  • Buffalo DELeger Douzable, WRGreg Salasand G*Richie Incognito *played with Patriots DE Chris Long and WR Danny Amendola at the St. Louis Rams.
  • Bills GRyan Groyand TJordan Millsplayed with Patriots TE Martellus Bennett and LB Shea McClellin at the Chicago Bears. Buffalo offensive line coachAaron Kromer *and offensive assistantPat Meyer*were also with the Bears when Bennett and McCellin played in Chicago.
  • Buffalo RB*LeSean McCoy *played with New England TE Clay Harbor at the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Bills WRBrandon Tateplayed with Patriots FB James Develin at the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • Buffalo linebackers coachBobby April IIIwas the defensive quality control/ secondary coach at the Eagles when Patriots TE Clay Harbor played in Philadelphia.
  • Bills assistant head coach/defenseRob Ryan *was the defensive coordinator for the Browns when Patriots tight ends coachBrian Daboll *was the offensive coordinator in Cleveland.
  • Ryan was also the defensive coordinator at the Dallas Cowboys when Patriots TE Martellus Bennett played for the team.
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FORMER COLLEGE TEAMMATES

  • Bills T Cordy Glenn played with Patriots C David Andrews and WR Malcolm Mitchell at Georgia.
  • Buffalo WR Marquise Goodwin and 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.
  • Bills defensive line coach John Blake worked at North Carolina when Patriots G Jonathan Cooper played for the Tarheels.
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