Combine his strength with Hernandez’s elusiveness — and their excellent hands and route-running to boot — and the Patriots should be better equipped against a Texans team determined to make up for their recent flop on the same field.
‘‘They have good players, too,’’ Slater said. ‘‘We’re very fortunate to have two young men as talented as they are on our team. We’re going to need it come Sunday. All hands on deck.’’
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