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Dolphins vs Bills: Connections between Miami and Buffalo

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The Miami Dolphins head north to face the Buffalo Bills later today. What connections exist between the two AFC East franchises?

Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller was college teammates at the University of Miami with several other players in today's Dolphins at Buffalo Bills game.
Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller was college teammates at the University of Miami with several other players in today's Dolphins at Buffalo Bills game.
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Our look at the connections between the Miami Dolphins and their upcoming opponents returns today with a look at the Buffalo Bills. For the second straight week, the Dolphins are facing an AFC East opponent, and, as we all know, the AFC East loves to poach players and coaches from each other.

Former Teams

  • Dolphins defensive assistant coach Jeff Burris played for the Bills from 1994-1997 after being the team's first round draft choice in 1994.
  • Bills kicker Dan Carpenter played for Miami from 2008-2012.
  • Bills head coach Doug Marrone played offensive line for Miami in 1987.
  • Bills fullback Evan Rodriguez was in training camp for Miami in 2013.
  • Bills running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley was in training camp for Miami in 1999.

Former NFL Teammates

  • Dolphins tight ends coach Dan Campbell and Buffalo defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson were both with the Detroit Lions in 2006, when Campbell played tight end and Henders was the defensive coordinator.
  • Bills defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson and Miami linebackers coach Mark Duffner were both coaches with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2008, Henderson as the defensive backs coach and Duffner as the linebackers coach.
  • Bills linebacker Manny Lawson played for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011, where Miami defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle was the defensive backs coach.
  • Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore played for the Carolina Panthers from 2007-2009, where Buffalo special teams coordinator Danny Crossman was the special teams coordinator.
  • Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace, Buffalo offensive lineman Doug Legursky (2009-2012), Buffalo defensive lineman Corbin Bryant (2011), Buffalo offensive lineman Kraig Urbik (2009), and Buffalo fullback Frank Summers (2009) were teammates with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Dolphins linebacker Philip Wheeler and Buffalo defensive tackle Jerry Hughes were teammates with the Indianapolis Colts from 2010-2011.
  • Dolphins quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor and Buffalo offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett were both with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2007, when Taylor played quarterback and Hackett was an offensive quality control coach.

College Teammates

  • Bills defensive back Ron Brooks, Miami wide receiver Jarvis Landry, and Miami defensive tackle Anthony Johnson were all teammates at LSU in 2011
  • Bills kicker Dan Carpenter and Miami safety Jimmy Wilson were teammates at the University of Montana from 2004-2006.
  • Bills tight end Scott Chandler played at the University of Iowa from 2003-2006, where Miami wide receiver coach Ken O'Keefe was the offensive coordinator.
  • Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno (2007-2008), Buffalo offensive lineman Cordy Glenn (2008-2011), and Buffalo defensive lineman Jarius Wynn (2007-2008) were all teammates at the University of Georgia.
  • Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon, Dolphins running back Lamar Miller, Buffalo practice squad linebacker Jimmy Gaines, and Buffalo offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson were all teammates at the University of Miami from 2010-2011.
  • Bills safety Duke WIlliams and Miami wide receiver Rishard Matthews were teammates at the University of Nevada from 2010-2011

Hometown/State Connections

  • Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham played at Florida State University from 2008-2011.
  • Dolphins defensive end Terrence Fede played at Marist College from 2009-2013.
  • Bills practice squad linebacker Jimmy Gaines played at the University of Miami from 2010-2013.
  • Bills offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson played at the University of Miami from 2010-2013.
  • Bills linebacker Randell Johnson played at Florida Atlantic University from 2009-2013.
  • Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Buffalo from 2001-2002
  • Bills quarterback EJ Manuel played at Florida State University from 2008-2012.
  • Bills practice squad running back Lonnie Pryor played at Florida State University from 2009-2012.
  • Bills long snapper Garrison Sanborn played at Florida State University from 2004-2008.
  • Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes played at the University of Florida from 2006-2009.