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2021 Houston Texans Game Day Live: Texans vs. Jets

Draftniks the world over are tuning in for this one.

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Do you remember?

Do you remember when Nick Caserio traded Benardrick McKinney to the Dolphins for Shaq Lawson? Lawson immediately became the best pass rusher on Houston’s roster.

Do you remember, about two weeks after Caserio acquired Lawson from Miami, the Texans restructured Lawson’s contract to free up cap dollars for 2021 despite everyone and their mother knowing the franchise had zero chance of competing in the first year of what was clearly a tear-down?

Do you remember the Texans shipping Lawson to the Jets for a sixth-round draft pick less than six months after they traded for him and before he ever played a single meaningful game for Houston?

Don’t take this to mean Lawson has been good in New Jersey. He hasn’t. I’m not even going to whine about the Texans trading him when they did; if he wasn’t who Caserio thought he was when he traded for him, cut your losses and move on. But I will never understand the rationale behind restructuring Lawson’s contract before a doomed season at all, and I’ll understand even less the idea of trading him after doing so.

There will be a hale and hearty portion of both the Texans and Jets’ fan bases openly rooting for a loss at NRG Stadium this afternoon. The 2022 NFL Draft casts a sizable shadow over today’s proceedings. Regardless of how you’re hoping this Week 12 tilt shakes out, BRB’s open thread for Texans-Jets is ready to memorialize your feelings.

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