HOUSTON — The Texans hosted their first practice against the New Orleans Saints Thursday as the two teams prepare for their pre-season game Saturday night.
"Going up against other competition is always good for us because we can't game plan, you just have to go out there and run your offense," Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins said. "You don't have time to study the other opponent. You just have to go out there and make what you have work."
Quarterback Brock Osweiler added, "We had a general idea of what the Saints would do because of their tape from last season, but we saw two or three different fronts that we had no idea were going to come at us today. I think the best part about it was no one blinked an eye, we pointed our hots, we signaled out some routes, we checked to a run, we got some positive yards and we moved on to the next play."
For Saints rookie running back Daniel Lasco, it's a homecoming visit since he's from The Woodlands.
"It's great," Lasco said. "It's an honor, it's a blessing just being able to have your family up in the stands supporting you, seeing all your hard work pay off."
Saturday's game kicks off 7 p.m. at NRG Stadium.