New England Patriots: former players they will face in 2015

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On paper, the Texans look a lot like the Patriots did a few years ago. Their head coach, Bill O’Brien, is a Bill Belichick disciple, and their top two quarterbacks are former Patriots. Oh, and so is their nose tackle.

Unlike Cassel, neither Hoyer nor Mallet logged significant time as the Patriots’ starting quarterback. But Hoyer does have more starting experience than Mallet, as he posted a 7-6 record as the Cleveland Browns’ starter last season.

However, Mallet has more experience in the Texans’ offensive system. He started two games for them last season, posting a pretty poor quarterback rating of 48.19.

Unless Tom Savage emerges as the Texans’ starter, the Patriots will see a familiar face at quarterback when they visit the Texans in Week 14.

As for Wilfork, it looks like he hasn’t lost a step since earning his second Super Bowl ring in February.

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