Shane Vereen is preparing to face his former time for the first since leaving them in free agency this spring.
Fear not - there are no hard feelings.
Vereen hasn't paid much attention to the success New England is having this season, but he's well aware the Patriots are 8-0.
He isn't bitter, just excited for his team's opportunity to gauge itself against the NFL's best.
"I mean I'm not saying it's just another game," Vereen said. "Obviously, for those guys who were on the team last year, I'm sure it's a little more special. I know for me, it is. But we're going to go out, we're going to play Sunday just like we would any other Sunday. We've got to prepare, we've got to get ready to go this week more than ever."
As far advantages go, Vereen acknowledged it's hard to say he has insight into Bill Belichick's always changing game plans.
Still, there are a lot of key cogs that remain in place. Among them: Tom Brady, LeGarrette Blount, Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman.
However, the offense has morphed since last year, which makes figuring out this season's Patriots all the more difficult, even for Vereen.
"(There's) not much (of an advantage) because of the game plan and because of the way their offense has progressed," Vereen said. "I'm sure, from the time I left until now. I'm sure it's completely different - different words, different everything. So my information is probably only good up to a certain point. At some point, their new stuff takes over."
Many of the Patriots defenders Vereen played with last season are no longer there. Darrelle Revis is with the Jets; Brandon Browner is with the Saints and Vince Wilfork is with the Texans.
That front seven remains very much intact, though, and it's playing at an extremely high level.
That core of defenders is what makes the Patriots defense so tough.
"Physical," Vereen said of the Patriots defense. " They play physical, they play strong, they play tough and they try to come at you from all different angles."