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Ex-Patriot Brandon Spikes ‘confused about the justice system’ after Aaron Hernandez verdict 04.15.15 at 11:23 am ET
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Former Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes apparently does not agree with the verdict in the Aaron Hernandez trial.

Spikes played with Hernandez at the University of Florida, and both were drafted by the Patriots in 2010 — Spikes in the second round and Hernandez in the fourth. Spikes now is preparing for his second season with the Bills after the Patriots elected not to re-sign him following the 2013 season.

Minutes after Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, Spikes tweeted: IM CONFUSED ABOUT THE JUSTICE SYSTEM THESE DAYS !!!

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LB Brandon Spikes: Bill Belichick ‘a genius’ 03.18.15 at 1:06 pm ET
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Brandon Spikes played for the Patriots for four seasons before moving on to Buffalo. (Getty Images)

Brandon Spikes played for the Patriots for four seasons before moving on to Buffalo. (Getty Images)

Brandon Spikes, who played for the Patriots from 2010 through 2013 before he departed last offseason as a free agent, had some nice things to say about New England and Bill Belichick on Wednesday.

The occasionally combustible linebacker, who took a few shots at the Patriots on his way out the door last year, is currently a free agent, as it appears he won’t return to Buffalo. Talking with the NFL Network on Wednesday, he sounded like a man ready to make amends.

“I’ll play anywhere,” said Spikes when asked about a return to New England. “Given the opportunity, I’ll play anywhere. I just want to go and play the game. I love it.”

Spikes was asked how the Patriots have been able to sustain a high level of success.

“It’s the Hoodie. It’s Bill Belichick. He’s a genius,” Spikes said. “He just plugs guys in and his system works. My time there, I just learned how to be a true professional. It’s a first-class organization. They drafted me and a lot of teams passed on me. They gave me the opportunity and I’ll always be forever grateful for that.”

For what it’s worth, Spikes has done his due diligence when it comes to selling himself as a free agent, saying he’d also “like to go back” to Buffalo, and adding “I love Rex (Ryan) and I love what he brings to the table.”

He added: “I think for the most part my agency has been doing a great job with that and I just let them know I’m ready to go. Whoever wants me, they’re going to get a great player, complete player, a leader, a guy that plays the game the right way with a lot of fire. Like I said, I’m ready to go. I’m all good.”

He also weighed in on the professional chances of his old college teammate Tim Tebow, who recently had a tryout with the Eagles

“This guy is a born winner,” Spikes said. “I know his measurements might not be there but the intangibles … at the end of the day, you want a winner and he’ll do whatever he has to — scratch, claw and I’ve seen him. He’s the hardest worker I’ve ever been around. Great teammate, a great guy. I feel like if you just keep telling him he can’t, he’s just going to try to prove you wrong and he will prove people wrong.”

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Brandon Spikes on return to Gillette Stadium: ‘A lot of love’ 12.28.14 at 5:16 pm ET
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Brandon Spikes returned to Foxboro for on Sunday in the Bills' 17-9 win over the Patriots. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Brandon Spikes returned to Foxboro for on Sunday in the Bills’ 17-9 win over the Patriots. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Brandon Spikes‘ biggest impact on the game Sunday wasn’t anything he did during the game, as he was virtually a no-show, finishing with zero tackles, but it was his emotion before the game that fired the Bills up in their 17-9 win over the Patriots, snapping a 13-game road losing streak against the Patriots.

It was Spikes’ first game back in New England since signing with the Bills this past offseason.

“It was an awkward experience, but a lot of love,” Spikes said. “All the fans showed the love and to get this victory it feels great.”

The middle linebacker said he spoke to a number of his former teammates both before and during the game, as he was seen constantly joking around with Patriots players after plays. Spikes did catch up with coach Bill Belichick after the first meeting in Buffalo, but did not get a chance to catch up with him this time around.

“Every play, guys talking to me, laughing and I miss those guys,” said Spikes. “I am still in contact with a lot of those guys.”

Spikes’ time with the Patriots didn’t end peacefully, as he was put on injured reserve late in the season last year, thus missing the playoffs. Spikes felt like it was a suspension from Belichick.

He said he has moved on from that and is at “peace.” He also added he will be cheering on his former team in the postseason.

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Bills coach Doug Marrone on Brandon Spikes: ‘He’s been everything that we expected him to be’ 12.26.14 at 11:07 am ET
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Brandon Spikes will return to Gillette Stadium for the first time since signing with the Bills on Sunday. (Getty Images)

Brandon Spikes will return to Gillette Stadium for the first time since signing with the Bills on Sunday. (Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — In what hasn’t been talked much about this week, Sunday will be a homecoming for Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes — his first game back at Gillette Stadium since signing with the Bills this past offseason.

The fiery, emotional 27-year-old played four seasons in New England before not being re-signed last offseason and signing with the Bills in March. Spikes has played in all 15 games so far this season, totaling 54 tackles and a sack. In the team’s first meeting this season in Buffalo, Spikes had eight tackles, a season-high, and was a game he clearly was pumped up for — he was jumping up-and-down from the second he stepped on the field for pregame warmups.

Bills coach Doug Marrone had nothing but praise for his linebacker when asked about the former Patriot on a conference call earlier this week.

“He’€™s really done a great job for us — in the locker room, on the field, helping some of our longer guys like Preston Brown and Nigel Bradham,” he said. “With Kiko Alonso being out, he’€™s helped them learn how to be pros, watching film and doing those things. He had an outstanding offseason. He was here throughout the entire offseason. I think that was important. He’€™s been everything that we expected him to be.”

Spikes’ departure in New England didn’t go smoothly. The linebacker was placed on season-ending injured reserve late in the regular-season last year with a knee injury and thus missed the postseason. Earlier this season, Spikes told the Boston Herald he believed the injured reserve designation was a suspension by coach Bill Belichick.

“Absolutely, absolutely, but you know what I’€™€™m saying, I ain’€™€™t going to go — what’€™€™s done is done,”€ Spikes told the Herald. “€œWe can’€™€™t change it. It is what it is. Everything happens for a reason. Whatever, man, I’€™€™m here with the Bills now. I’€™€™m happy. I’€™€™m loving the game. I’€™€™m loving my teammates, the entire organization, the city, your fans. It’€™€™s all great, man. It just reminds me of when I was in Gainesville with the Bills Mafia and the Gator Nation. It’€™€™s kind of the same, honestly.”

Belichick and Spikes did hug on the field following the Oct. 12 game and appeared to put what happened in the past behind them.

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10 Things You Have To Know About Patriots-Bills 10.10.14 at 8:40 pm ET
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Tom Brady has a career mark of 22-2 against the Bills. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Tom Brady has a career mark of 22-2 against the Bills. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Here’s everything you need to know about Sunday’s contest between the Patriots and Bills:

Our three favorite matchups on the afternoon:

1. Quarterback Tom Brady against the Buffalo defense: Buffalo is terrific against the run (second-best in the league, yielding an average of 71 rushing yards per game), but its overaggressive nature certainly be exploited. Given the level of offensive success they had last week against the Bengals, it wouldn’t be a shock to see the Patriots try and execute it again this week against the Bills. Colleague Ryan Hannable broke down the numbers here, but it’s interesting to note that when using play-action this season, opponents are 21-for-26 passing for 221 yards against the Bills, highlighted in Week 1 as Chicago’s Jay Cutler was 6-for-7 for 66 yards, and then in Week 4, when Houston’s Ryan Fitzpatrick was 7-for-9 for 75 yards. Like Bills opponents, Brady and the Patriots have also been successful when using play-action. Our numbers have Brady 26-for-37 for 353 yards and a touchdown with zero interceptions in the first five games this season. Brady’s best week using play-action was this past week when he went 6-for-9 for 103 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals. If the quarterback can get the time, then it’ll mean good things for New England on Sunday.

2. Fullback James Develin against linebacker Brandon Spikes: Last week against the Bengals, Develin played 34 percent of the offensive snaps in New England’s thunderous win over Cincinnati, a game marked by the Patriots ease in running the ball. (Excluding end-of-game kneeldowns, New England had 43 carries for 224 yards against Cincinnati, an average of 5.2 yards per carry. Last time Develin was on the field that much? The regular-season finale last year against … you guessed it, the Bills. (It’s no coincidence that was the last time the Patriots running game topped 200 yards in the regular season.) Expect Develin and Spikes — who has played roughly half the snaps over the first five games of the season, but is still a primary reason why the Bills’ run defense has been as stout as it has — to collide in the hole on at least a couple of occasions as the Patriots try and keep the chains moving on the ground.

3. Cornerback Darrelle Revis against wide receiver Sammy Watkins: We covered most of it here, but it’s worth reiterating that the expected showdown between the rookie and Revis will mark the second straight week that Revis will face a new receiver for the first time. Last week against the Bengals, Revis appeared to play mostly man coverage — by our count, on half his snaps, he was up against the opposing receiver (usually Green) so close that he was able to get his hands on him within five yards from the line of scrimmage. Expect the same thing with Watkins, who has distinguished himself as a smart, dependable, speedy receiver with an excellent set of hands. It would seem to make sense that New England’s first priority as it relates to team defense is slowing down Buffalo’s twin backs, and assign Revis to try and shut down Watkins, with single-high safety help over the top. Regardless of how things shake out, it’ll be another compelling matchup for Revis.

4. Under the radar opponent who Patriots’ fans need to know: We go through this before every Patriots-Bills game, and every time, it’s pretty much the same guy: tight end Scott Chandler. The 6-foot-7, 260-pounder out of Iowa, a poor man’s Rob Gronkowski, has set several career highs against the Patriots, including games (7), catches (21), yards (259) and touchdowns (4). He developed into a nice security blanket over the last year-plus for E.J. Manuel, and while no one is sure what sort of chemistry he’s capable of with Kyle Orton, you have to figure that he’s still capable of doing some damage against New England. (One area where Buffalo would like to see more from Chandler in 2014 is in the red zone — after catching nine touchdown passes inside the 20-yard line in 2011 and 2012, Chandler had just one red-zone catch in 2013.)

5. By the numbers: 150. Stevan Ridley’s fumble-free string in the regular season and postseason has hit 150 touches, dating back to last year’s regular-season win over the Broncos in November. In fact, Ridley (84 carries) is one of three backs who have at least 75 carries this year without a single fumble — Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell (87 carries) and San Francisco’s Frank Gore (77 carries) are the other two.

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Report: Brandon Spikes ‘absolutely’ believes IR was a suspension from Bill Belichick 10.09.14 at 4:17 pm ET
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Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes and the rest of the defense have had trouble defending play-action this season. (Getty Images)

Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes and the rest of the defense have had trouble defending play-action this season. (Getty Images)

To the surprise of few, things didn’t end well between Patriots coach Bill Belichick and linebacker Brandon Spikes.

On Thursday, Spikes gave the Boston Herald his interpretation as to why.

Spikes was placed on injured reserve in January and didn’t play in either playoff game. Spikes had a knee injury for the second half of 2013 but it did not require surgery and he believes he could have played in the playoffs with it. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that his suspension came from Belichick growing tired and annoyed with him showing up late to a team meeting. All of this led to the conclusion in Spikes’ mind that the IR designation was clearly a suspension.

“Absolutely, absolutely, but you know what I’€™m saying, I ain’€™t going to go — what’€™s done is done,” Spikes told the Herald. “We can’€™t change it. It is what it is. Everything happens for a reason. Whatever, man, I’€™m here with the Bills now. I’€™m happy. I’€™m loving the game. I’€™m loving my teammates, the entire organization, the city, your fans. It’€™s all great, man. It just reminds me of when I was in Gainesville with the Bills Mafia and the Gator Nation. It’€™s kind of the same, honestly.”

Spikes was placed on injured reserve Jan. 6, three days after he didn’t report for meetings at Gillette Stadium due to a snowstorm. Spikes admitted to not showing up, but he said that wasn’t the sole reason for being placed on injured reserve during the playoffs.

“I did miss that one day, but that wasn’€™t it,” Spikes said. “It was a handful of things that went on that was behind closed doors. But whatever, man. Like I said, it’€™s over with. I’€™m over it. Hopefully, they’€™re over it. Life goes on.”

Spikes told the Herald that he has “forgiven” Bill Belichick and would shake his hand if he gets the chance Sunday after the Bills and Patriots clash in Buffalo.

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Stevan Ridley: ‘It’s going to be fun’ seeing Brandon Spikes on Sunday at 4:13 pm ET
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Stevan Ridley and the running game will get their shot at Buffalo Sunday. (Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Stevan Ridley and the running game will get their shot at Buffalo Sunday. (Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — When Stevan Ridley looks across the line of scrimmage on Sunday, he’ll see a familiar face.

Linebacker Brandon Spikes, who was a teammate of Ridley’s for the last three seasons before he departed for Buffalo as a free agent this past offseason, will be facing his old mates for the first time as a member of the Bills. And Spikes, considered one of the best run-stoppers in the league, will likely have his singular focus on his old pal Ridley.

“I talked to him on the phone last week, he’€™s going to be excited,” Ridley said of Spikes. “It’€™s going to be a little bit different. I’€™ve seen him before and I know how he plays and what he does, but that’€™s not going to take anything away from him. For me, I just have to go in there and play my game.

“It’€™s going to be fun, just to go against somebody that you know, somebody that you’€™ve been with for the last three of four years and have a relationship with. It’€™s kind of cool.”

Sunday will mark a supreme test for Ridley and the rest of the New England running game, as the Blls enter the contest as the second-best run defense in the league, having yielded an average of just 71 rushing yards per game. Coming off a Sunday night performance against the Bengals where they finished with 224 rushing yards (minus the end-of-game kneeldowns), Ridley and the rest of the backs know that Buffalo presents a supreme challenge on the ground.

“They’€™re not lacking at any position,” he said. “From the line to the linebackers, they’€™re versatile, they’€™ve got some guys that will come downhill, they play aggressive, their secondary is solid. They have a solid defense, I think the numbers show that, and that’€™s what the stats prove. They’€™re playing some good football.”

Ridley, who has 84 carries for 317 yards and two touchdowns through the first five games, said that despite some early-season struggles up front, he never lost faith in the work of the offensive line.

“It’€™s funny — a lot of outsiders are saying that we’€™re starting to develop an identity and all this, but we’€™ve always built the offense around the o-line,” he said. “I believe in my teammates 100 percent, how we’€™ve gotten it done over the years. That’€™s not to say that we can’€™t go through a few growing pains or we might have to make some adjustments. No, not at all. As a whole, we’€™re moving in the right direction. There’€™s a lot of work to be done, a lot of challenges. I think last week was a step in the right direction. We just have to stay positive and keep working hard.”

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