New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - AUGUST 29: Keion Crossen of the New England Patriots looks on during the preseason game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

The Patriots pulled somewhat of a surprise trade just as the deadline to name their 53-man roster. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network first reported that the Pats are trading cornerback Keion Crossen to the Texans.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle later reported that the Patriots are getting a sixth-round pick back from the Texans for Crossen. New England originally drafted Crossen in the seventh round (243rd overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Crossen, 23, should provide value to the Texans as a special teamer and depth slot corner. He made a strong case to stick on the Patriots’ roster, if not make another team, in Thursday’s preseason finale when he recorded an interception, five pass breakups, and 11 tackles.

In an apparently connected move, the Patriots reversed course on WR Gunner Olszewski and told him he’s making the team. They initially told Olszewski he was being released.

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