Texans, Patriots use time at joint practices to catch up with old, new friends

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – As the New England Patriots and Houston Texans wrapped up their final workout on Wednesday in West Virginia at The Greenbrier Sports Performance Center, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had a chance to catch up with old Patriots teammates and coaches like Mike Vrabel and Texans head coach Bill O’Brien.

“I mean I haven't seen Billy (O’Brien) for an extended period of time in a long time. He and I were so close since he came in '07 and worked as a quality control coach,” Brady said. “He worked as a receiver coach in '08 and an OC (offensive coordinator) in ’09, ’10 and '11. I love hanging with Billy. He and I get along great. We've had a great relationship."

The two had a chance to catch up after practice right around the same time Brady was able to meet and talk with Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Brady said he was impressed with what he’s seen from Watson.

“He got picked by a great team. Watching him play, he's got a great future. He's got all the ability,” Brady said about Watson. “I've watched him have so many great games. Pro football players watch a lot of college players because on Saturday nights we're at the hotel and Clemson was on a lot. Obviously, they won a lot of big games so it was great to meet him.”

The same is true for the Patriots with their popularity, so no doubt Watson’s seen Brady a lot and now has shared the same field with him.

“It’s always good to be able to learn and watch a guy like Tom Brady, one of the best to ever do it and see him in live practice to see how he works,” Watson said. “What we talked about, we were just kind of congratulating each other on all the success that we’ve had, and he was just giving me a little tip here and there about this league and this system and coach OB (O’Brien). It was a good talk.”

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