Houston’s formidable defense should be even better if J.J. Watt returns successfully from his back problems. But the Texans’ quarterback will be either Tom Savage or rookie Deshaun Watson, so that’s a question mark. In Jacksonville, Blake Bortles regressed last season and is on the hot seat. Coach Mike Mularkey’s Titans need to improve on last season’s 2-4 divisional record that included being swept by the Colts for the fifth straight year.
To do that, the Titans need a big year from Mariota, who returns from a fractured fibula that knocked him out of a playoff-costing loss to the Jags in Week 16. He now needs to stay healthy, as he’s missed five games (plus the second half of that Jacksonville loss) over two seasons. He also must cut down on his fumbles.
But for Mariota, whose quarterback rating last year jumped to an impressive 95.6 based in part on his excellent TD to interception ratio (26:9), the prospects for success look even better after the offseason. The Titans drafted wide receiver Corey Davis fifth overall and signed Eric Decker to bolster a passing game that already had a Pro Bowl tight end in Delanie Walker and a solid receiver in Rishard Matthews.
With that in mind, let’s take a walk back through recent trade deadline history. While I understand what’s happened in the past isn’t an absolute predictor of what will happen in the future, it’s still interesting to look back at all the World Series champions since 2000 and see who they acquired, what prospects they traded away, and how those guys fared the rest of their careers.
First, here are the best careers for the prospects (guys who still had their rookie status) who were traded in June, July or August by a team that won the World Series since 2000:
That’s the 17-year list. Of all the prospects who were traded by teams Packers Cheap Jerseys that NFL Jerseys Free Shipping eventually won the World Series, only those six players produced a career rWAR above 3.0.