One Day Later: No Time to Dwell on Loss to Panthers, Trade Deadline and Tampa Await
The Texans could make one key move to improve the team
I grade C.J. Stroud, breakdown the trade deadline possibilities, have an idea for a trade the Texans should make, and talk more about the letdown on Sunday.
C.J. Stroud’s Grade
I will go with a C- for C.J. Stroud’s grade. It wasn’t as sharp as it has been and he was just a little off on a couple of plays. He still made some awesome plays in this game, but there was plenty to clean up. He took a bad sack at one point in the first half. He himself admitted he played a part in the delay of game on their final offensive drive. I’m not blaming him for the batted passes, but he doesn’t escape blame for them either. I certainly believe he will bounce back and this was just a hiccup, not a constant. The NFL is starting to adjust to the way the Texans do things on offense.
Don’t Expect a Splash
I don’t see the Texans making a splash at this trade deadline. This trade market is saturated with potential defensive linemen on the move. From the unlikely like Carolina’s Brian Burns to the likely-to-be-moved group that the Washington Commanders have.
The Texans, while struggling before the game against the Panthers to get sacks, have pressured opponents well. Their typical defensive line of Will Anderson, Maliek Collins, Sheldon Rankins, and Jonathan Greenard all have solid Pass Rush Win Rate numbers. Greenard is the team’s best player in rushing the passer statistically so you aren’t benching him. Will Anderson, though the stats don’t show it, has been very good so he’s not getting benched.