We’ve watched five weeks of of football already. Bye weeks are here to give us some respite from having sixteen games to watch every week. The NFL trade deadline is rapidly approaching; November 2nd marks the day when teams can no longer complete trades until the offseason. So far, we’ve seen C.J. Henderson and Stephon Gilmore move to Carolina.
As we’ve seen in recent years, the trade deadline can be fairly active, and moves will be made. This season, unlike last season, when Romeo Crennel famously declared Houston needed a deluxe nut package, Houston should be more active at the trade deadline. The Texans are probably going to be 1-7 by the time Tyrod Taylor gets back from his hamstring injury. A playoff berth will be the longest of long shots. This is what ESPN had to say about the Texans as we inch closer to the trade deadline.
The Texans could be unloading players again. Houston garnered interest on safety Lonnie Johnson Jr. before Week 1 but ultimately stood pat. Though Houston considers his services valuable, it has three talented safeties for two spots, with big money attached to Eric Murray ($18 million over three years) and Justin Reid set to hit free agency in March.
Texans defensive coordinator Lovie Smith has found a way to play all three. Reid has led the trio with an average of 57 snaps played per game, while Johnson and Murray have averages of 52 and 37, respectively. But Johnson, who is on a rookie deal for two more years, could play a more prominent role elsewhere.
The Texans really don’t have a player who is untouchable. The most valuable resource is draft capital for a rebuild. They have a wide variety of young players who haven’t became quality starters and motley veterans who may want to make a run somewhere else.
Who knows? The only thing we are sure of is that Houston should be more active than they were last year.