Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas heard from several of his new Texans teammates after news broke of his trade to Houston.
"The first one was Deshaun (Watson)," Thomas said. "Me and him were talking, for sure. Kareem Jackson, I heard from him. I texted D-Hop (DeAndre Hopkins), a couple of guys."
The five-time Pro Bowler cleared his physical on Wednesday morning and practiced with the Texans, wearing No. 87. Thomas is a welcome addition for a receiving group that lost Will Fuller V to a season-ending ACL injury just last week. The former Bronco, now in his ninth NFL season, appreciated getting to know his new quarterback.
"It means a lot for an older guy," Thomas said. "Especially with the younger guys, the weapons that he had around him, to praise a guy like me and to want a guy on the squad to help this team out."
Thomas also heard from veteran Kareem Jackson. Both were first-round selections in the 2010 NFL Draft class. Houston drafted Jackson at No. 20 and two picks later, Denver selected Thomas at No. 22. However, their friendship began long before their preparation for the NFL.
"Yeah, we grew up in the same area, so I've known him ever since like middle school, high school," Jackson said. "Just kind of playing against each other in the summertime, basketball and stuff. Also, once he got to Georgia Tech, one of my best friends was his roommate, so I've known him for a long time. We've spent a lot of time together."
Jackson grew up in Macon just 40 miles away from Montrose, Georgia, where Thomas lived until the two parted ways for college. On Sunday, for the first time in their careers, the two will play on the same team.
Jackson can't wait.
"To have known him for a while and always competing against him, now getting a chance to go compete with him, wearing the same colors I'm wearing and going out there on Sundays, that will definitely be a lot of fun," Jackson said.
Thomas is expected to make his Texans debut on Sunday against his former Denver Broncos. Kickoff is set for 3:05 p.m. CT on CBS and SportsRadio 610.
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