The Patriots and Texans appear slated to meet up this preseason, and it sounds like they're hoping to work in some joint practices beforehand.
According to ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss, Bill Belichick and Bill O'Brien have been working on scheduling joint sessions at the Greenbrier in West Virginia during Week 2 of the preseason. That's familiar territory for the Patriots, who practiced jointly with the Saints at the resort in 2015.
The Patriots have long believed in the importance of holding competitive joint practices with preseason opponents for years. Last summer they worked alongside the Saints and Bears at Gillette Stadium before their preaseason contests. Given O'Brien's history in New England, there's a foundation for a good working relationship between the Patriots and Texans that would help facilitate a week of joint work.
Joint practices also hold some scouting value. Belichick and his staff have a long history of eventually scooping up players that they've practiced against, and they'll take on the Texans at Gillette Stadium during the regular season.
The NFL will release the full preseason schedule on Monday at 5 p.m. on NFL Network.