Today is deadline day in the NFL, and the Houston Texans made an early splash by acquiring WR Demaryius Thomas and a 7th-round draft pick from the Denver Broncos in exchange for a 4th-round draft pick and a 7th-round draft pick. Thomas is a former all-star and All-Pro and has spent his entire career with Denver, but his play has declined in recent years due to a few poor quarterbacks and an increased age. He currently has 36 catches for 402 yards and 3 touchdowns this year with Case Keenum at the helm, and will now join a bolstered Texans receiving core.
This trade comes after countless rumors of Thomas being shopped, with the Texans and Patriots having interest in him. The Broncos are unlikely to make the playoffs with teams like Kansas City and Los Angeles (Chargers) having a better record so far, and with more talented rosters than Denver. Their top wide receivers are now Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton, not spectacular weapons for a quarterback like Keenum whose previous targets were Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. For Houston, this trade comes at the perfect time, as Will Fuller V recently came down with a torn ACL, but Thomas will step in and fill his role and join DeAndre Hopkins and Keke Coutee in a dangerous Texans offense. Houston is at the top of the AFC South, taking advantage of Jacksonville and Tennessee's struggles en route to a 5-3 record. Deshaun Watson now has another target to throw to, and this move should definitely help the Texans get back to the playoffs once again.