The Texans and Saints are scheduled to play a preseason game at the Superdome on August 30, but the two teams will have plenty of time to get familiar with one another before it kicks off.
According to multiple reports, there will be two days of joint practices between the teams before they face off in their third exhibition contest of the year. It’s the first time the Saints have practiced with another team since 2012, but it looks like it is going to be a tradition for the Texans under Bill O’Brien.
They practiced with both the Broncos and Falcons before preseason games last summer in O’Brien’s first year as the team’s head coach. O’Brien worked for Bill Belichick with the Patriots and Belichick has also been fond of the summer work with other teams over the course of his tenure.
The two teams have held joint practices several times in the past and had a memorable session in 2009 that featured a fight between former Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey and former Texans linebacker DeMeco Ryans.