Relationships between the coaching teams range from Bill Belichick to Bubba Ventrone to Reggie Wayne. But there’s even more familiarity between active rosters, practice squads and reserve rosters heading into Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
There are nine names.
Here’s a look at the former New England Patriots and former Indianapolis Colts in the fold for the 1 p.m. ET kickoff.
Jalen Wydermyer, tight end — Wydermyer landed with the Patriots in August and was retained on the practice squad when training in September. By then, the 21-year-old Texas A&M product had played 33 snaps between offense and special teams in the preseason finale before waiving waivers. Originally signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent, Wydermyer was a three-time All-SEC Second Team selection and a two-time John Mackey Award finalist during his Aggies career. He agreed to join Indianapolis’ practice squad in mid-October after being released from New England.
Arlington Hambright, guard — The Colts signed Hambright to the practice squad two days after he was waived by the Patriots at the NFL’s 53-man roster deadline. The 26-year-old offensive lineman, who arrived at Foxborough on a term contract last January, has seen work at left tackle, left guard and right guard during the summer slate at Foxborough. Hambright entered the league in the seventh round of the 2020 draft. The Colorado product spent his first set of regular seasons between the Chicago Bears’ active roster and practice squad, appearing in nine games while making a departure.
Byron Cowart, defensive tackle — Indianapolis received waivers from Cowart of New England before training camp opened in July. The 2019 fifth-round draft pick via Auburn and Maryland played 19 games during his tenure with the Patriots, starting 14. He recorded 29 tackles, one sack and one pass deflection during that span . Cowart resided on the physically unable to perform list for the duration of the 2021 campaign. The 26-year-old has since played eight games as a Colt to register five tackles with one stoppage for loss. He completed a rotation of 86 tries on defense and 41 tries on special teams.
Stephon Gilmore, cornerback — Gilmore intercepted 13 passes while in a Patriots uniform, including Super Bowl LIII, after landing the Bills on a five-year, $65 million deal in 2017. His resume includes a handful of Pro Bowls, a pair of All-Pros and the honor of 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Gilmore signed a two-year, $14 million guaranteed pact with Indianapolis in March after being traded to his hometown Carolina Panthers last fall in exchange for a sixth-round selection in the 2023 draft. The 32-year-old cornerback started all eight games for the Colts to total one pick and 29 tackles. Gilmore became No. 10 overall at South Carolina ten years ago.
Kenny Moore II, cornerback — The Valdosta State star broke into the NFL as part of New England’s undrafted class in 2017. But Moore would be waived after his rookie preseason and claimed by Indianapolis. A Colt, the 27-year-old defensive back, goes back in time, signing a four-year, $36 million extension during the 2019 offseason. Moore’s stay spans 83 games and 69 starts. He also covers 398 tackles, eight sacks, 14 interceptions, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one touchdown. Nominated by the Walter Payton Organization Man of the Year in 2021, Moore has been in the field for 99.6% of defensive snaps in 2022. That rate ranks behind lone linebacker Zaire Franklin.
Brian Hoyer, quarterback – The Patriots placed Hoyer on injured reserve in October after the veteran backup suffered a concussion in his 40th NFL start. He threw for 53 touchdowns since not being drafted from Michigan State in 2009. And while he was with the Colts in 2019, Hoyer threw scores to wide receivers Chester Rogers and Zach Pascal as well than tight end Jack Doyle. Indianapolis signed Hoyer to a three-year, $12 million pact after he was released by New England. He passed for 372 yards with four touchdowns, four interceptions in four appearances and one start. Hoyer then returned for his third Foxborough tour of 2020 following his release from the club from general manager Chris Ballard.
Lawrence Guy Sr., defensive tackle — The Green Bay Packers rounded out the 2011 draft class by taking Guy. Arizona State’s No. 233 overall spent his rookie season on injured reserve and left the practice squad for a spot on Indianapolis’ 53-man roster the following season. Guy’s first nine NFL games were accumulated as a Colt as he had 21 tackles and his first sack. He was claimed by the San Diego Chargers in 2013 and joined the Patriots in 2017 after carving out a role in the Baltimore Ravens rotation. Guy went on to earn a Super Bowl LIII ring and a spot on the franchise’s All-Decade depth chart. The 32-year-old has started 82 of his 84 games for New England en route to 311 tackles, 9.5 sacks, one forced fumble, four fumble recoveries and one interception.
Carl Davis Jr., defensive tackle — The Colts marked Davis’ third route since entering the NFL in the third round of the 2015 draft. The Iowa defensive tackle signed with Indianapolis in October 2019 only to be released three weeks later after seeing the pitch for a game. The Jacksonville Jaguars were next for Davis before he was dropped from New England’s active roster practice squad in 2020. The 30-year-old has since played 28 games with seven starts for the Patriots. He recorded 27 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery from 17 yards along the way.
Michael Palardy, punter — New England announced the addition of Palardy to the practice squad after Tuesday’s trade deadline. Former Colts outside linebacker Ron’Dell Carter was released along with kicker Tristan Vizcaino in 16-man matching moves. Palardy, 30, was not drafted from Tennessee in 2014 and has now made saves with nine NFL clubs. And for nine days of training camp in August 2016, he was a Colt. Palardy has played in 72 career games averaging 45.2 yards per punt on 321 chances. A career-long 65-yard rush came last season with the Miami Dolphins.