Cardinals, Texans have several well-known player connections

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The Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans have only ever played each other four times. However, because of a couple of transactions, the two teams will be connected for a while.

After all, two of the Texans’ greatest players ever are now Cardinals.

They aren’t the only player connections between the two teams.

In all, there are four players who used to play for the other team.

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Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins

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Hopkins is in his second season with the Cardinals. He was traded by the Texans to Arizona along with a fourth-round pick for running back David Johnson, a second-round pick and a fourth-round pick.

He set a franchise record last season with 115 receptions for 1,406 yards. He has already scored as many touchdowns this season as he did all last season.

In his seven seasons with the Texans, he was a Pro Bowler four times and a first-team All-Pro three times.

Cardinals DE J.J. Watt

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Watt was released by the Texans this past offseason and then signed as a free agent with the Cardinals.

He spent 10 years with the Texans and was a five-time Pro Bowler, five-time first-team All-Pro and three-time Defensive Player of the Year.

Texans RB David Johnson

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Johnson has barely been used this season. He has only 79 yards on 20 carries this season. In 12 games last season, he rushed for 691 yards and six touchdowns.

He spent his first five NFL seasons with the Cardinals after they drafted him in the third round.

Texans CB Tavierre Thomas

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Thomas never played for the Cardinals in a game but signed with them as an undrafted rookie in 2018. He gets some playing time on defense now but mostly is a special teams player for the Texans.

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