FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is a big believer in joint practices in training camp, which he has said can be as valuable as the preseason games themselves. But sometimes finding a practice partner can be a challenge, as it always helps when there is a head coach with whom Belichick has a strong background and relationship.
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien certainly qualifies, and thus it is noteworthy to pass along that the two coaches have been working on getting their teams together for joint practices at The Greenbrier in West Virginia. O'Brien served as a Patriots assistant from 2007-2011.
The Texans will be holding the start of their training camp at The Greenbrier, where the New Orleans Saints previously had their training camp. The Patriots are familiar with the facility from the time they visited for 2015 joint practices with the Saints.
If Belichick and O'Brien can finalize details on the joint practices, it would seemingly be an indication the teams will meet Week 2 of the preseason, likely in Houston. The NFL is announcing preseason opponents at 5 p.m. ET Monday.
The Patriots are also expected to visit the Detroit Lions in Week 3 of the preseason, which means the Patriots would have home games for the first and final weeks of the preseason.