Danny Amendola had not gone this long without a team since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2008.
It was not until last week when Amendola, who is from The Woodlands just north of Houston, signed with the Texans to provide depth at slot receiver.
Amendola makes his home now in Austin, where he says he's trained with other quarterbacks and is neighbors with Colt McCoy and Baker Mayfield.
He was productive last season with the Detroit Lions, posting 602 receiving yards on 46 catches.
But he did not sign with a team before training camp, or the preseason.
The Texans seemed like a natural fit, given the New England Patriots ties with general manager Nick Caserio and executive vice president of football operations Jack Easterby.
Amendola is already familiar with the Texans' offensive concepts, since they largely stem from the Patriots.
So the Texans did not hesitate to rely on Amendola in the season opener, where he caught all five of his targets, including an eight-yard catch-and-run touchdown in the second quarter.
"You talk about a guy that's a playmaker," Te