Familiarity helps Ryan Mallett's transition

The past few days have been a bit of a whirlwind for new Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett, but he hasn't felt overwhelmed through it.

"I’m glad I’m not a rookie doing this, because that would be tough," Mallett said. "Being my fourth year I kind of understand the ins and outs of the league, how it works, so it’s definitely helped me in that aspect."

The Texans traded for Mallett on Sunday, releasing Case Keenum, who had been the team's backup. Prior, Mallett spent the first three years of his career with the New England Patriots, first as the third-string quarterback, then as Tom Brady's backup. Texans coach Bill O'Brien was the Patriots' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach during Mallett's rookie season.

He opened his first news conference in Houston by thanking the Patriots for the opportunity they gave him, drafting him in the third round in 2011. And though there's a lot going on for Mallett, the fact that he knows O'Brien and Texans quarterbacks coach George Godsey helps.

"I knew what he expected out of his team," Mallett said of O'Brien. "He wants to be good, he wants to be great, so that’s what we’re trying to do. That’s why we go to work every day and pay attention to details and try to get better as a team."

Practice started a few minutes ago and afterward we'll hear from both O'Brien and Godsey for the first time since Mallett's acquisition.