Here's what to make of all the latest trades that impact Houston sports

Randall Cobb appears to be heading back to Green Bay. Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images.

Last week, I took a look at the different trade scenarios all three Houston teams should look into. Turns out, some of them actually listened! While there weren't any blockbuster deals worked out, there were a couple deals either completed or rumored to be in the works:


The Astros made a move on Tuesday to acquire relievers Kendall Graveman (0.82 ERA this season in 30 games over 33 innings) and Rafael Montero from the Mariners for third baseman Abraham Toro and reliever Joe Smith. The idea of divisional incest trades is peculiar enough. When you add to the fact that you got one of the better relievers away from a division rival who's also making a push for a playoff spot and did very little to nothing to weaken your position, this should be applauded. However, James Click has more to do. This was a mere Band-Aid to cover a gapping wound. There's more work to be done, and Click's legacy as a general manager is in the balance because this team is built to contend.

Editor's note: Chandler Rome is reporting the Astros are trading for Marlins reliever Yimi Garcia. Garcia is a 30-year-old right-handed pitcher with a 3.47 ERA who has appeared in 39 games this season.


Last week, I thought the Texans should offload a running back to the Rams considering they lost their starter. This week, news came down that disgruntled Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wants Randall Cobb back in Green Bay as a part of his conditional return. Who would've thought that the Texans would find an out for one of the worst contracts on their roster through another team's struggle?

This deal seems to be done according to all reports. If there are other guys on this roster that teams may be interested in, whether because of injury or necessity, Nick Caserio should be open to making trades. The one big trade they're able to make is on hold until either: A) a team is desperate enough, B) they get offered something they can't refuse, or C) the coast is clear and a deal is on the table. The Watson Watch is officially on.

Editor's note: The Texans will receive a 6th round pick in exchange for Randall Cobb.


With the Pistons trying to send a smokescreen about the number one pick, the Rockets are in a great position. No matter who the Pistons select, the Rockets will have a player available that can be a game changer. IF they decide to trade the pick, they're in position to get a good haul. More than likely if a trade comes, it won't be with their number two overall pick. Rumors continue to swirl about Eric Gordon and one of their later picks (23 or 24) going to the Pacers for the number thirteen pick. Whatever they decide to do, they need to make the correct pick at number two, and make the subsequent proper picks. If they decide to trade, they need to get rid of some long term contracts for shorter contracts and/or picks. I'm not as confident in Rafael Stone to do the right thing, but I'm glad Matt Bullard is there to help out.

It's an exciting time for Houston sports fans. That is if you're into roster building. Each team has the ability to help build their roster over the next few days/weeks/months that could help propel each into further success in the future. For now, we wait and see what Click, Caserio, and Stone will do. Here's to hoping moves are made that will have long term positive effects on each roster.

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Here's why the Texans will make the playoffs under Lovie Smith

1. The Houston Texans had a mentally tough practice Saturday. The team has worked a lot in pads and Lovie Smith noted the days starting to build up on them during this practice. The head coach said this is a good practice because it is like the fourth quarter of the games the team will end up playing.

2. Davis Mills threw one of the best passes he has thrown all camp on Saturday. In a red zone drill, he dropped back and whipped a pass between two defenders into the tightest window he has had all camp. Nico Collins hauled in the threaded pass for a score.

3. A few reps later Davis Mills struck again. With traffic from linebackers and defensive backs, he found Chris Conley for a score. It wasn’t as tight of a window as the first one, but Mills snapped it off nonetheless.

4. Pharaoh Brown made something hard look very easy on Saturday. With Mills rolling out and tossing the ball to Brown in the back corner Brown hauled in a one-handed catch and had both feet down. Touchdown. Brown then acted like it was no big deal.

5. Pharaoh Brown has had a wonderful camp. Lovie Smith named him the starting tight end. The thing that really jumped out to me today is he makes his work look easy. He isn’t straining to excel in his opportunities. The good ones always make it look easy and it has looked easy for Brown so far.

6. Rookie linebacker Christian Harris is on the shelf for a few days. He joins fellow rookie Kenyon Green as players who are injured. Max Scharping played left guard with Green down. Wide receiver Phillip Dorset practiced while veteran wideout Chester Rodgers did not.

7. Roy Lopez flashed again today. While Friday was about the rushing attack and Lopez made his presence felt at defensive tackle, he got into the pass rush Saturday. Lopez would have had a bone-crushing sack in a live rep.

8. Ross Blacklock hasn’t been consistent. A statement like that is good and evil. There are some plays where Blacklock looks like he isn’t a factor. I watched one today. A play later he had what would have been a sack on the play. He’s a player to watch in the preseason games closely.

9. Don’t expect to see Derek Stingley in the preseason opener next Saturday. Lovie Smith wouldn’t commit to the rookie cornerback playing in the preseason. Smith did say Stingley is on track to play week one in the regular season.

10. Brevin Jordan has had a nice camp and should be an important piece for the team. Jordan had a bad drop in 7-on-7 drills that he was beating himself up over for a few minutes. That was out of the norm. He’s been used a lot and will be on the field a bit it seems for the Texans.

11. Brevin Jordan also rattled off a few contenders for the quote of the day. He exclaimed he had taken care of himself this offseason and he finally had abs. He also revealed he’s quite the fisherman and once caught a 125-pound tuna. When asked what he did with the tuna Jordan laughed and said “RIP tuna!”

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