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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Catching up with former Bills at the Super Bowl

Chris Hogan knows what it's like to find a football oasis after enduring Buffalo's playoff drought, and he's happy to be sharing the experience with former teammate Robert Woods.

"It’s crazy how things unfold,” Hogan told The News' Vic Carucci in Atlanta this week as he prepares to play in a third straight Super Bowl for the New England Patriots against Woods and the Los Angeles Rams. “Now we're playing against each other in a Super Bowl. I texted Robert a couple times. I’m excited for him. I’m really proud of him.”

Woods had a standout season for the Rams, catching 86 passes for 1,219 yards and six touchdowns.

"I think the biggest thing," Woods said, "just coming from Buffalo was just having an opportunity to showcase this with the ball in my hands, whether it’s on the ground or in the air. But it's really nothing against Buffalo, but just showcasing my ability as a receiver.”

While Hogan said he's "truly blessed" to be part of the Patriots' dynasty, he's appreciative of his time with the Bills.

"I was on the streets looking for a job," he said. "Buffalo gave me an opportunity, and I was able to work my way up the ranks. ... It helped me create my name in this league."

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More Buffalo connections at Super Bowl LIII: Wade Phillips is pursuing his second championship ring but still can't let go of the "Music City Mistake." ... Ramon Humber has gone from unemployed to the cusp of a championship with the Patriots. ... Nickell Robey-Coleman has assumed the role of lightning rod for the Rams.

ICYMI: Quarterbacks coach David Culley has left the Bills for the Ravens. ... Former special teams coach Danny Crossman is reportedly joining the Dolphins staff.

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