Former Bills players fighting for spot in the Super Bowl this weekend

By: Nick Wojton

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The Buffalo Bills have a 53-man roster of players and a coaching staff who will not participate in this weekend’s conference championship games.

In the AFC, the Jacksonville Jaguars, who defeated the Bills on Wild Card weekend 10-3, will travel to New England to face the Patriots at 3:05 p.m. on Sunday.

The winner of that game will play the winner of Sunday’s NFC Championship game in Philadelphia as the Eagles will host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at 6:40 p.m

All four teams have connections to the Bills. Need help picking a team to root for? Here are all the players and coaches for all four who, at one point, spent time working for the Bills:

Jacksonville Jaguars (10-6)

Head coach Doug Marrone (Bills head coach 2013-2014)

Offensive coordinator Nate Hackett (Bills offensive coordinator 2013-2014)

DT Marcell Dareus

  • Bills first-round pick (No. 3) 2011 draft , 2011-2017 with Bills
  • 2017 stats (with Jags): 9 GP, 18 tackles, one sack

LB Paul Posluszny

  • Bills second-round pick (No. 34) 2007 draft; 2007-2010 with Bills
  • 2017 stats: 16 GP, 42 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one pass defended

LB Lerentee McCray

  • Acquired for a 2018 seventh-round pick from Green Bay in Aug. 2016; only 2016 with Bills
  • 13 GP, one tackle, 1.5 sacks,

Practice squad: WR Walt Powell, DB Sammy Seamster.

New England Patriots (13-3)

CB Stephon Gilmore

  • Bills first-round pick (No. 10)  2012 draft; 2012-2016 with Bills
  • 2017 stats: 13 GP, 47 tackles, two INTs, nine passes defended

DL Alan Branch

  • Signed one-year contract with Bills in April, 2013; only 2013 with Bills (signed multi-year extension in Dec. 2013, cut in Aug. 2014 after DUI)
  • 2017 stats: 12 GP, 12 tackles

DL Eric Lee

  • Signed to Bills practice squad in Sept. 2017, promoted to roster, released in Oct. 2017.
  • 2017 stats: 6 GP, 10 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one INT, two passes defended

RB Mike Gillislee

  • Signed to Bills practice squad & promoted in 2015; 2015-2016 with Bills
  • 2017 stats: 9 GP, 383 rushing yards, 3.7 avg, five rushing TDs, one reception, 15 receiving yards

WR Chris Hogan

  • Signed to Bills practice squad in Nov. 2012 & promoted; 2012-2015 spent with Bills
  • 2017 stats: 9 GP, 34 receptions, 439 receiving yards, five TDs


Philadelphia Eagles (13-3)

Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz

Offensive coordinator Frank Reich

S Corey Graham

CB Ronald Darby

  • Bills second-round pick (No. 5) in 2015; spent 2015-2016 with Bills
  • 2017 stats: 8 GP, 30 tackles, three INTs, nine passes defended

LB Nigel Bradham

  • Bills fourth-round pick (No. 105) in 2012; spent 2012-2015 with Bills
  • 2017 stats: 15 GP, 61 tackles, one sack, 1 forced fumble, eight passes defended

Injured reserve: OT Jason Peters

Minnesota Vikings (13-3)

Defensive coordinator George Edwards (Bills defensive coordinator 2010-2011)


Eagles CB Ron Darby — USA Today photo



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