Watson to Atlanta? Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Atlanta Falcons have emerged as a team interested in trading for Houston Texans QB, Deshaun Watson.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank is fond of Deshaun Watson from the days when the former Gainesville (Ga) High quarterback worked multiple years as a Falcons’ ball boy and developed a relationship with Blank's family. https://t.co/EypxrnF9ma— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2022
Clearly, Tom Brady is having an impact on the Deshaun Watson trade market, with every team in the NFC South, outside of Tampa, interested in trading for Watson. According to Schefter's tweet, some of the interest in Watson stems from the fondness Falcons owner Arthur Blank has for Watson.
Either way, this is good news for Texans fans. The more teams interested in Watson, the better. The Falcons have the No.8 overall pick in this year's draft and two second round picks. The extra second round pick came from the Titans as part of the Julio Jones trade.
Atlanta Falcons are set to meet with Deshaun Watson on Wednesday, according to a league source. Falcons granted permission to talk with Pro Bowl quarterback and make their sales pitch. Browns are in Houston today to meet with Watson after previous Panthers and Saints meetings
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 15, 2022
Aaron Wilson is now reporting that the Falcons will meet with Deshaun Watson on Wednesday to make their pitch.
Feb 23, 2024, 12:39 pm
It's a new year for the Houston Astros as they return to action for their first game of the spring against the Washington Nationals on Saturday.
Every season we see some adjustments to the roster which means we also see some changes in leadership. As Astros fans, we're all aware of Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker's contract situations. Breggy could be gone after the season, and Tucker could follow one year later.
Which means it's pretty clear who the leaders of the team will be for the foreseeable future. Not only are these guys two of the best players on the club, but they're also under contract for several more years. In Altuve's case, through the 2029 season. For Yordan, he won't sniff free agency until 2029.
While these guys aren't your typical vocal leaders, they are both highly respected and lead by example. Leadership is something that's front of mind for Yordan this season, according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome.
On Yordan Alvarez the leader, one of two constants in a clubhouse bracing for change and the responsibility he wants to shoulder as a result - https://t.co/sZGlI5taBQ
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) February 21, 2024
Another way to be a leader is to do everything you can to be available for your team. Alvarez changed his diet in the offseason hoping it will help him stay healthy this year.
Manager Joe Espada said Alvarez is fully healthy and he plans on playing him earlier than normal this spring.
Currently, Yordan is trending down in games played for three straight seasons. But he's such a great player that he needs fewer games to put up massive numbers.
He finished 3rd in MVP voting in 2022, and he only played in 135 games out of a possible 162.
So with that in mind, how many games does Yordan need to play this year to win an MVP?
Plus, who's going to protect him in the lineup? With new manager Joe Espada in place, it's hard to know what the lineup will look like.
One thing we do know, Espada immediately named Josh Hader his closer when spring training began. He also told the media that he wants Jeremy Pena to know where he's going to hit every day when he comes to the ballpark.
Espada values players knowing their roles, and getting comfortable in their routines. Something very different from last season when manager Dusty Baker moved Pena all over the lineup throughout the season.
So what does all this mean for Yordan?
Be sure to watch the video above as we break it all down!
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