WATSON'S BOLD MOVE
Here's how Deshaun Watson is taking another step as the leader of the Texans
In the midst of preparing for their Week 7 match against the 4-1 Green Bay Packers, the Houston Texans are dealing with trade speculations with the NFL trade deadline less than two weeks away.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Texans could be heading towards a rebuild sooner than anyone could have expected, despite sitting at a 1-5 record on the season. Canfora reported that Houston could depart from several of their key players. In particular, Whitney Mercilus, Brandin Cooks, Will Fuller, and Randall Cobb — to name a few. During his media availability Wednesday afternoon, the one guy who is safe from all trade rumors, Deshaun Watson, tried his best to silence all the hoopla via Zoom.
"Them boys ain't getting traded," Watson said. "Nobody's going anywhere. We're going to stick with this team and keep pushing forward. We just basically squashed it and letting everyone know to focus on ball, and focus on this team."
Watson said everybody on the team participated in a post-practice meeting to squash any rumors of a trade that might have a player's mind running rampant. Randall Cobb — who has been in a few trade speculations — says he does not know what to believe but plans to stay in Houston for the "long haul."
J.J. Watt has been at the forefront of all trade rumors. The future Hall of Famer is in the twilight of his career, and the idea of playing his final years through a Texans rebuild is mind-boggling to many. And with his favorite team from his childhood making their way to NRG Stadium this Sunday, many believe that the Packers could make an attempt to acquire the All-Pro defensive end.
"My goal since I got here was to bring a championship to the city of Houston," Watt said. "That remains my goal until the day I'm not a Houston Texan anymore. That will always be my goal. That's what I'm working towards. That's what I'm working towards today and that's what I'll work towards tomorrow."
As of now, it is uncertain what moves the Texans will make ahead of the November 3 trade deadline. But if the Texans enter the bye week with a 1-6 record, it may be best for interim general manager Jack Easterby to get a jumpstart on rebuilding the Texans' roster.
Coty M. Davis is a reporter for ESPN 97.5 Houston/SportsMap covering the Houston Texans. He is also the co-host of Locked On Texans, a part of the Locked On Podcast Network. Follow Coty on Twitter @CotyDavis_24.