Ex-Patriot Brandin Cooks gushes about Nick Caserio, Texans' reported new GM

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Ex-Pat Brandin Cooks raves about Caserio, Texans' reported new GM originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Houston Texans' reported new general manager has at least one strong supporter on his roster.

The Texans are hiring New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio as their next GM, according to multiple reports Tuesday night.

Caserio leaves a huge void in New England, where he spent 20 years and was head coach Bill Belichick's right-hand man in the personnel department.

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Wide receiver Brandin Cooks was with the Patriots in 2017 and first met Caserio when the New England exec observed his workout at Oregon State prior to the 2014 NFL Draft. Needless to say, Cooks is a fan.

"He's unbelievable," Cooks said Monday, via the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson. "He's a special dude. I remember our time back when he actually worked me out coming out of college. It was just me, him in Corvallis in our indoor facility because we couldn't find the lights, but we still found a way to make it work."

The 45-year-old Caserio -- who played quarterback at John Carroll University -- left a lasting impression on Cooks during his one season with the Patriots.

"Playing for him in New England for that year, just the guy that he is, there's no ego," Cooks said. "It's all about helping the team. He thinks that he still plays quarterback. He threw us a lot of balls in practice, but he's a great dude, a great smart man that's been behind another great man."

Cooks also was very close with then-Patriots character coach Jack Easterby, who now is the Texans' executive vice president of football operations and has a strong relationship with Caserio. So, it's fair to say Cooks will be on board with Houston's choice.

Either way, it sure sounds like Easterby spearheaded this hire as he continues to wield power in the Texans' organization.