Highlighting Patriots-Dolphins connections

Each week, we use this space to highlight connections between the Patriots' upcoming opponent and the organization.

In the case of the Dolphins, while there are few players and coaches who previously worked for the Patriots organization, there are some prominent Dolphins figures who have direct ties to Massachusetts, highlighted below.

Offensive tackle Will Yeatman. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent tight end out of Maryland by the Patriots, Yeatman, who was a two-sport star in college (he was also a standout lacrosse player), was claimed by Miami off of waivers in 2011 at the end of training camp and has since transitioned to an offensive tackle role. Though he has yet to see regular playing time, he remains an intriguing developmental prospect.

Head coach Joe Philbin. A native of Springfield, Mass., Philbin attended Longmeadow High School. His coaching career has included stops at local institutions such as Harvard, Northeastern and WPI. It was during Philbin’s post-graduate year at Worcester Academy that he would develop an important relationship that has sustained to this day ...

Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman. A Norwood, Mass., native, Sherman cut his teeth as a young coach at Worcester Academy, where he would coach Philbin. When Sherman was the Packers head coach from 2000 to 2005, he hired Philbin as an assistant offensive line coach in 2003. Philbin would rise through the ranks and land a head coaching job last offseason, at which point he hired Sherman to be his offensive coordinator after he was let go by Texas A&M.