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Josh McDaniels: Patriots' TE usage influenced by new Bills coordinator Greg Roman

PHOENIX -- A smile crossed Josh McDaniels face when I asked him what he thought of new Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

McDaniels, the successful New England Patriots' offensive coordinator, went to John Carroll University, the same small Cleveland-area college Roman attended. But they weren't there at the same time.

So McDaniels knows Roman more for his play-calling acumen and admitted he might have lifted some ideas from him.

"We all steal things," McDaniels said Tuesday at the Super Bowl's annual media day. "There's nobody that comes up with all these things on their own."

McDaniels found Roman's concepts with the San Francisco 49ers appealing and swiped some philosophies that highlighted tight ends and the ground game. The Patriots' offense has thrived the past few years with the help of dynamic tight ends, especially Amherst native Rob Gronkowski.

Roman participated in an introductory news conference back in Orchard Park and said, "Maybe our tight end position gets really beefed up."

"Greg's done a lot of neat things during his time in San Francisco that we've really tried to take from them," McDaniels said. "I was always impressed with the way they incorporate the multiple tight ends and the shifting.

"They created a lot of big runs. A lot of people talk about the back or the line, but sometimes there's a schematic element that really allows that to happen. I thought that Greg really did a tremendous job of giving the back an opportunity to get started on a lot of plays even though everybody knew they were going to run it."

Buffalo's running backs will get gobs of touches in Roman's offense.

"He'll fit in well there," McDaniels said. "It's a blue-collar place. They're going to want to run the ball, tough, hard-nosed division."

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