It was a strange sight.
There was former Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler last week on national TV, celebrating a touchdown with Tom Brady.
Chandler's debut with the New England Patriots in Week One was a successful one, as his only catch went for a 1-yard touchdown in a 28-21 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Sunday, Chandler will return to Ralph Wilson Stadium as a visitor after spending the last five seasons with the Bills. In speaking with Patriots beat writers Thursday, he made it clear he's got no time for sentimentality.
"I’m just trying to approach it like every other week," Chandler said. "I’m real excited to be here in New England and just going about my business and doing my job."
Chandler gave the Bills steady play over those five years, catching 182 passes for 2,120 yards and 17 touchdowns. His snow shoveling touchdown celebration during the Bills' victory over the New York Jets last November – in a game moved to Detroit because of the massive snowstorm that pulverized the Southtowns – was a touching gesture to fans impacted by the storm. He was also a regular visitor to sick children at Women's and Children's Hospital, among other charitable endeavors.
Chandler was released at the end of the 2014 season with one year remaining on his contract as the Bills opted to sign Charles Clay away from the Miami Dolphins to be their starting tight end.
"I think that’s something that maybe when I’m done playing, I’ll think about it more," Chandler said when asked what his time in Buffalo meant to him. "Right now, I’m just focused on doing what I can do to help the Patriots win."
Of course, after five years in Western New York, Chandler has a good idea of what the atmosphere will be like Sunday, and what the Bills' defense might throw at the Patriots.
“I think it all starts with those guys up front – good players, guys who have been around for a while – and really do a good job," he said. The other guys fly around. They've got a great core group there and those guys are playing well. ... Those fans want something to cheer for. They get loud when they get going. That's going to be something that we're prepared for and we're going to have to handle it well on Sunday.”