It was announced this week that the Houston Texans and Washington Redskins will meet in Virginia for a joint practice during training camp. The Texans had to find a new partner after the New Orleans Saints backed out of their planned practice with Houston upon learning the team was appearing on the HBO series, ‘Hard Knocks.’
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Tania Ganguli of ESPN said that Texans head coach Bill O’Brien is a fan of these types of practices, and this is the second year in a row he will have the team face off against a different team during the preseason practices.
A joint practice with an opponent is a good thing for the Texans as it allows the team to face someone other than their familiar teammates who they have been going toe-to-toe with all camp. The Texans will get to see a team with different offensive and defensive philosophies and coaches, which will let them see how the players react to the different attacks from a new opponent.
Two interesting pieces of information that go along with this story is that the two teams do not play against one another in the preseason, which is usually the case when two teams scrimmage. Also interesting is that the Redskins could wind up being shown on ‘Hard Knocks’ after being a finalist for the show before HBO decided on the Texans.