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Keep an eye on Cassel to the Texans

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 13: Matt Cassel #16 of the New England Patriots leads the offense against of the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on November 13, 2008 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Jets won 34-31 in overtime. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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Often, an effort to connect obvious dots makes no sense. Sometimes, it makes perfect sense.

As the Texans deal with the season-ending injury to quarterback Tom Savage and as former Bills quarterback Matt Cassel deals with the fact that he needs a job, the Texans make plenty of sense from a dot-connecting standpoint.

Cassel and Texans coach Bill O’Brien overlapped for two years in New England, with Cassel serving as the backup to Tom Brady and O’Brien working as an offensive assistant in 2007 and receivers coach in 2008.

Cassel would join a depth chart already consisting of a pair of former Tom Brady backups in Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett.

So Cassel would be able to pick up the system, and he’d provide a viable option as the No. 2 in the event either Hoyer or Mallett end up joining Savage on IR.

With hardly enough good quarterbacks to go around, Cassel could have other options, and he could be more attracted to a team that would give him a chance to be No. 2 instead of No. 3.