BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - From the front office, the coaching staff and even to the players it seems there is a personal connection that reaches every level of the franchise in Orchard Park.
New Bills General Manager Brandon Beane started to assemble his staff by adding Joe Schoen to the front office as his Assistant GM on Sunday.
Both know each other after starting their respective careers with the Carolina Panthers, and that friendship should play well at One Bills Drive.
And, speaking of connections, they extend to the coaching staff as well. Not just with Beane and head coach Sean McDermott, but with wide receiver coach Phil McGeoghan, who coached Buffalo's second round pick Zay Jones at ECU.
"It's crazy. He's already on me, making it hard for me. So, I'm just taking all the information he's giving me and just rolling with it,” Jones joked with reporters.
The familiarity doesn't just end there.
Jones and quarterback Nate Peterman also have some chemistry from their work together at the Senior Bowl in January.
“Well, when (Peterman) was drafted, I was so excited I texted him and told him I was so excited that I couldn't wait to start working with him,” Jones said. “He has a high football IQ, great guy, strong leader and I'm excited to learn from him and develop with him."
“Zay is a really smart guy, too,” Peterman added. “I’ve been studying with him and he picks it up extremely fast and it’s good to have a receiver is that talented and that smart, too.”