Texans to hold joint practices against Dolphins, Saints


The Texans will hold joint practices with the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints this preseason as they get ready for the first year under head coach DeMeco Ryans and with rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud.

Houston hosts Miami in the second preseason game Aug. 19 before traveling to New Orleans to face the Saints Aug. 27.

"I think we can get a lot out of joint practices, especially a team as good as Miami, a playoff team, a team that has a ton of playmakers offensively and a really good defense, as well," Ryans said Wednesday. "It's a good opportunity for our offense to go against a different defensive structure. They're more of a three-down front where we're primarily a four-down front. So it's a chance for our offense to get different looks, and it's also a chance for us defensively to get different looks from different players and compete at a high level.

"The Saints, as well, it's our neighbor close by, so it'll be fun to go down and compete against the Saints. Again, it's just different offense, different defensive structures, different philosophies there, so it's just good. As much as we can go against other people and not beat up on each other too much, it's a good opportunity for us to go against them. Dennis [Allen] and Mike [McDaniel], two guys I respect really well in this league, have done a great job leading their teams, and so I'm excited to go to work with those guys."

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