The Pittsburgh Steelers play Buffalo tomorrow afternoon in their third preseason game. There are a few players who have connections to the Bills or the city of Buffalo. Here is a sampling of Steelers who will be seeing familiar faces tomorrow.
WR Martavis Bryant: College teammate of prominent Bills WR
Bills WR Sammie Watkins and Bryant were teammates at Clemson and will see each other again Saturday afternoon. Watkins had overshadowed Bryant in the draft, picked up by the Bills as their fourth overall pick. He finished his rookie year with 982 yards. Bryant, on the other hand, was drafted in the fourth round, 118 overall. Though Bryant sat out for the first part of the season, he still totaled 546 yards his rookie year.
ILB Vince Williams: Brother of a Bills RB
It could have been a battle of the brothers Saturday with Vince Williams facing off against his brother Buffalo Bills RB Karlos Williams. Unfortunately, Karlos Williams is injured, so that match up will not happen tomorrow.
To recap, Vince Williams was picked up in the sixth round of the 2013 draft out of Florida State. In addition to boasting the best picture I've seen on any NFL.com player profile, he also has an awesome Twitter handle, @VinnyVidiVici98, a nod to his name, Julius Caesar, and his number. He also tallied 53 tackles in 2013 and 43 in 2014. Though injured for a good bit of the preseason, Williams returned to the practice field this week.
Vince's little brother Karlos Williams was picked up in the fifth round of this year's draft, also out of Florida State, and is currently an unsigned drafted rookie recovering from an injury that required hospitalization (it was rumored to be a hernia). The Bills could certainly use some help at running back, so if he recovers well, he could be a contender for a spot on the team.
DE Niko Davis: Buffalo native
Buffalo-native Niko Davis was the subject of a BTSC profile in early July. He hasn't gotten a lot of coverage this preseason, but he did have a few really good plays against the Green Bay Packers. Davis didn't start playing football until high school, and instead amused himself with his eleven brothers and sisters on the sidewalks and in the parks of his hometown.
Look out for #67 on the field and read up on him here. He will certainly have a lot of friends and family in the stands. His mother told me back in July that she is a "queen bee" in her Steelers gear which she wears proudly, even in Buffalo Bills territory.
OLB Arthur Moats: Former Buffalo player
A Virginia native, Moats played his first four seasons in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills who drafted him in the sixth round of the 2010 draft. There one of his most memorable moments was ending former Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre's consecutive starts streak at 297 games with a devastating blow that reinjured the future Hall of Famer's shoulder.
Moats was much loved in Buffalo, receiving the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2013 for his volunteer work through the United Way of Buffalo.
OL Doug Legursky: Former Buffalo player
Legursky recently came back home to the Pittsburgh Steelers where he played from 2008-2012. Where did he go after his time with the Steelers? He spent 2013 with the Buffalo Bills. Although he spent 2014 with the San Diego Chargers, he still has a recent Buffalo Bills connection.