“Perfect hamburger is the Patty Melt from Whataburger. Double meat. Double cheese. You got the Patty Melt sauce with sautéed onions. If you’re feeling a little risky, you throw some grilled jalapeños on there.” Cullen Gillaspia
The Houston Texans hosted the Detroit Lions in their first of two joint practices this week. Both teams were suited up in full pads for a day of work. Bill O’Brien was pleased with the outcome, working alongside Lions head coach Matt Patricia.
"Awesome, clockwork,” O’Brien said. “He and I, we go back a long way, coached together in New England, didn't really even have to meet about this, we just knew how it would work. It was smooth operation. Matt does a really good job, very smart guy, really good coach and it was good to work with those guys today. It was really good."
Patricia said it felt “just like old times,” when he was defensive coordinator and O’Brien was offensive coordinator coordinating practices for the New England Patriots.
Patricia, recovering from offseason surgery, drove around the practice fields on an all-terrain ATV with a Lions logo on the side.
DeAndre Hopkins enjoyed his matchup against Lions cornerback Darius Slay. Hopkins made a sliding catch for a touchdown during one series.
“That was great work,” Hopkins said. “Darius is one of the best doing it right now, and he matched up against me well. So, I feel like going out against him today, I learned some things and I feel like we kind of bounced knowledge off each other.”
During team drills, Deshaun Watson connected with Will Fuller V for a beautiful sideline catch for a first down in front of cheering fans.
Seven-year veteran Senio Kelemete has filled in at various spots on the offensive line and done a good job, according to O’Brien.
A.J. Moore was chatting with Lions safety C.J. Moore, his identical twin brother, after practice.
Whitney Mercilus is excited about defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel’s plans to move him around more and give the outside linebacker more opportunities to rush the passer.
“No doubt,” Mercilus said. “I love to hear that for sure. As practice has gone on, I’ve been getting more of the reps as a JACK linebacker to go rush the passer and things of that nature, and a few drops here and there.”
The Texans and Lions will hold their second and final joint practice on Thursday at the Houston Methodist Training Center ahead of Saturday's preseason game at NRG Stadium.
Check out the best shots from Day 14 and the first joint practice against the Detroit Lions in Houston.