WATSON'S BOLD MOVE

Here's how Deshaun Watson is taking another step as the leader of the Texans

Here's how Deshaun Watson is taking another step as the leader of the Texans
Watson addressed trade rumors on Wednesday. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.

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.

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Astros defeat the Orioles, 5-1. Composite Getty Image.

Ronel Blanco pitched seven strong innings and Chas McCormick homered twice to lead the Houston Astros to a 5-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

Yordan Alvarez added a two-run shot to help Houston extend its winning streak to four games.

Blanco (8-2), who threw seven hitless innings in his last start, allowed four hits and a run with three strikeouts for his third straight win.

Alvarez put the Astros on top with his 16th homer, which came off Corbin Burnes (8-3) in the third, and McCormick made it 4-1 in the fifth. McCormick got his fifth career multihomer game when he connected again in the eighth.

Burnes allowed five hits, including a season-high two homers and a season-most four runs in seven innings to snap his career-best streak of 10 consecutive quality starts. He was 5-0 in seven starts since a loss at Washington on May 7.

Jordan Westburg homered in the second for the Orioles, who set a franchise record with 21 straight games with a home run to surpass the 1998 squad's 20-game streak.

Baltimore had troubled stringing hits together Saturday after scoring 28 runs combined in the last two games. The top four batters in their order combined to go 1 for 13 against Blanco and Houston's bullpen.

Ryan Pressly threw a scoreless eighth before Josh Hader struck out two in a perfect ninth to end it.

Westburg connected off Blanco with one out in the second to put the Orioles up 1-0.

Yainer Diaz opened Houston’s second with a triple on a line drive to right field. The Astros tied it when he scored on a sacrifice fly by Mauricio Dubón with one out.

McCormick singled with no outs in the third and the shot to center field by Alvarez came with two outs to put Houston on top 3-1.

McCormick’s home run to the seats in left field extended the lead to 4-1 with one out in the fifth.

Cedric Mullins tripled off the wall in center with one out in the seventh. Colton Cowser hit a sharp line drive, but was robbed of a hit when shortstop Jeremy Peña made a leaping catch for the second out. Blanco then retired Ramón Urías to end the inning and leave Mullins stranded.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: RHP Jake Bloss, who made his major league debut Friday night, was placed on the injured list with right shoulder discomfort.

ROSTER MOVES

Astros: RHP Nick Hernandez was optioned to Triple-A Sugar Land on Friday night. ... LHP Bryan King was selected to the MLB roster and RHP Luis Contreras was recalled from Sugar Land on Saturday. … RHP Alex Speas was designated for assignment.

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Houston LHP Framber Valdez (5-5, 3.91 ERA) opposes RHP Albert Suárez (3-1, 2.05) in the series finale Sunday.

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