Texans and Patriots share several key connections

The Texans host the Patriots at NRG Stadium in Week 5.

Since the start of the 2009 season, the two franchises have played each other at least once per season, every year except for 2010, 2011 and 2014. They've met in the playoffs twice, and this will be the third meeting in a row at NRG Stadium.

Houston's been victorious in each of those previous two contests, and the franchises share numerous connections between the players, coaches and front office.

A few of those connections are listed below.

  • Texans General Manager Nick Caserio served in various roles with the Patriots front office and coaching staff during his time there from 2001 through 2020.
  • Texans OL Marcus Cannon spent nine years with the Patriots, from 2011 through 2019. He won three Super Bowl rings in that span.
  • Texans Special Teams Coordinator Frank Ross was in New England's front office from 2011 through 2017. He served as a Scouting Assistant in 2011 and 2012 and a Pro Scout from 2015 through 2017.
  • Texans WR Danny Amendola won a pair of Super Bowl rings during his time with the Patriots from 2013 through 2017.
  • Texans RB Rex Burkhead was a part of the 2018 Super Bowl champs in New England. He played for the Patriots from 2017 through 2020.
  • Texans WR Brandin Cooks spent the 2017 season in New England, where he caught 65 passes for 1,082 yards, with seven touchdown catches.
  • Texans DB Terrence Brooks played for the Patriots in 2019 and 2020.
  • Texans Senior Advisor for Football Performance Romeo Crennel won three Super Bowl rings with the Patriots as their Defensive Coordinator from 2001 through 2004.
  • Texans Assistant WR Coach Ben McDaniels is brothers with Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels.
  • Patriots QB Brian Hoyer was a Texan in 2015.
  • Patriots WR Gunner Olszewski, an All-Pro return man in 2020, was born and raised in Alvin, TX.

The Texans will face the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium in Week 5. Kickoff is set for Sunday at noon CT. Click here for tickets.

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