A Ryan Mallett update from Bill O'Brien

HOUSTON -- Texans coach Bill O'Brien provided an update Friday on how backup quarterback Ryan Mallett has progressed.

The Texans traded for Mallett just before the season began with the idea that his understanding of O'Brien's offense from their time together in New England would benefit his transition to Houston.

"He’s really worked hard," O'Brien said. "He’s had a good week of practice this week. He’s got good command out there, both in the huddle and at the line of scrimmage. He’s working to be more consistent on a day to day basis with throwing the ball and accuracy. He’s got a fantastic arm. He’s worked very hard to get better and better at all the different throws that we ask him to make, and he’s definitely where we want him to be. We just need him to keep working to get better. He’s worked very hard. He’s been here early, stayed late. Been a big help on game day on the sideline.

"There’s two things that I saw with Ryan. The transition was smoother because he knew the offense, at least the basis of it, and he had worked with myself and George Godsey before. I think the other thing you see is he obviously took some great things from backing up Tom Brady for three years. His command in the huddle, his command at the line of scrimmage, his knowledge of little things within the offense, you can see that. So it’s been good to see that."