Why the Houston Texans have the best chance of landing Lamar Jackson

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Lamar Jackson has publicly requested a trade from Baltimore, making it much more realistic that he gets dealt.

The Texans have something other teams in the sweepstakes don't have, which could be the reason they get him over anyone else.

The Texans have the 2nd overall pick in the draft, which means the Ravens could take a QB with that pick if a trade is agreed upon. At No.2, the Ravens could draft either CJ Stroud or Bryce Young, the two best QB prospects in the draft.

As opposed to making a deal with the Colts, who have the 4th overall selection. At No. 4, the Ravens would be choosing between Anthony Richardson and Will Levis. A big dropoff from Young and Stroud according to most draft evaluators.

Plus, Laremy Tunsil is publicly recruiting Jackson to Houston on Twitter, so that is something to monitor.

Another alternative?

Finally, could the Texans still land Jackson without including No. 2 overall in this draft? If the Texans wait to offer Jackson a contract until after the draft, the Texans could offer their first round picks in 2024 and 2025.

That would allow them to use this draft to upgrade the roster, then trade for Jackson, and still have a first round pick in 2024 from the Deshaun Watson trade.

A lot to unpack here. Be sure to check out the video as the guys break it all down!

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The Houston Astros are coming off a big series win over the Tigers, as they head to Chicago to take on the White Sox Tuesday night. Unfortunately for Houston, even with the series win, they still lost ground to the division leading Mariners.

With the Astros nine games behind Seattle, and seven games behind the Twins in the Wild Card standings, time is running out for the club if they want to make a push before the All Star break and trade deadline.

Basically, the entire season is riding on this next stretch of games. But it won't come easy, even against weaker opponents. Justin Verlander is dealing with neck discomfort, missing his last start over the weekend, and Spencer Arrighetti was rocked by the Tigers on Saturday.

With no starting pitching ready to make the jump from Sugar Land to the big league club, Houston's five starting pitchers have no room for error.

And while the offense has been inconsistent this season, especially with runners on base, they do sport the sixth-best OPS in baseball.

If they're going to get back into this thing, a healthy Kyle Tucker and Verlander will have to be part of the equation. Tucker is still recovering from a bruised shin, and will have to make some rehab starts in the minors before returning.

Verlander, however, may return as soon as this week against the White Sox or Orioles. If JV returns and Blanco and Brown continue dealing, hopefully the club can fight their way back to .500.

But keep in mind, some key players are showing regression. Jake Meyers, Jeremy Pena, and Jon Singleton are not swinging the bats well right now. And Chas McCormick hasn't gotten going all season.

At some point, the club needs to give Joey Loperfido a chance to prove himself in the big leagues.

What do they have to lose?

Be sure to check out the video above as we discuss this critical stretch of games on the horizon for Houston, and much more!

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