The Houston Texans will be back in action this week against the Carolina Panthers and if all goes well, the team will be sitting at 4-3 with the trade deadline looming on Tuesday, Oct. 31.
It's been a long time since the Texans could be considered buyers at the deadline, but they have a real shot at catching the Jaguars in the division if they can continue on this path.
CBS Sports recently published an article projecting trade scenarios for several teams, and they proposed the Texans trade a 3rd-round pick for Broncos receiver Courtland Sutton.
With Nico Collins, Tank Dell, and Robert Woods already in the fold for this year and next, that doesn't make a ton of sense to us. But there are numerous others players on expiring deals that could be a good fit.
Especially when it comes to pass rushers, as the Texans are currently dead last in sacks this season.
So if the Texans could work out a long-term deal for one of these edge rushers, should they pull the trigger?
Commanders Chase Young & Montez Sweat, Panthers Brian Burns, and Vikings Danielle Hunter are all listed as players that could be on the move.
So who should the Texans target out of this exciting group of players?
Don't miss the video above as we examine all the possibilities for the Texans before the deadline.
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Nov 30, 2023, 4:56 pm
When Bryce Young and CJ Stroud were drafted with the first two picks of the NFL Draft, we knew they would be compared to one another for years to come.
And here we are just 11 games into the season and one quarterback has already seen his head coach fired. Panthers owner David Tepper spoke to the media on Wednesday and discussed his decision to fire Frank Reich, and also set the record straight on how they arrived at the decision to draft Young.
In so many words, Tepper basically blamed the Texans for how the top of the draft played out. He mentioned Stroud by name and said the Panthers were ready to draft him at No. 2 overall until the Texans backed out of the three-team trade with the Bears.
Tepper made a point of saying everyone in their building had Bryce Young as the top player on their draft board, despite rumors about Frank Reich preferring Stroud.
CJ Stroud and the Texans have been so much better than Bryce Young and the Panthers that Tepper clearly felt it was necessary to defend himself, and the decisions he's made for the organization.
In the end, the person that gets the worst end of the deal is Bryce Young. Coaching changes can be very difficult on young quarterbacks. And it looks like he'll have to learn a new offense in his second year when the Panthers hire a new coaching staff.
How fortunate we are as Texans fans to have DeMeco Ryans and CJ Stroud leading the team moving forward.
With all of this in mind, is there a reason Texans fans haven't fully bought in to the new-look Texans? JJ Watt was a guest on The Pat McAfee Show this week and was asked about the team's inability to fill the stadium on Sundays.
As a former player for the Colts, McAfee always thought Houston had the loudest and best fans in the NFL. And while the Texans are 9th in attendance this year according to ESPN, even CJ Stroud has asked for the fans to fill the stadium.
So there is something to it. You can see the empty seats in photos. So why aren't the Texans packing NRG with a shiny new franchise QB?
We believe the recent history of the team is why fans are slowly coming back. McAfee wasn't here for:
Bill O'Brien cussing at fans during games
Trading DeAndre Hopkins away for next to nothing
The Jack Easterby disaster
Deshaun Watson allegedly blaming ownership for why he wanted out
The Deshaun Watson scandal
Firing back-to-back coaches after one season, and the list goes on.
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