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Hard to ignore the timing of Deshaun Watson's latest tweet amid crazy NFL offseason

Hard to ignore the timing of Deshaun Watson's latest tweet amid crazy NFL offseason

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson had NFL Twitter buzzing Monday with a tweet quoting lyrics from a Drake song.

First, some context: It's been a crazy last week or so for the Texans.

They traded elite wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals last Monday in a stunning deal that, among other parts, sent running back David Johnson and a 2020 second-round draft pick to Houston. The trade immediately was met with loads of criticism, and rightly so. It was a bad deal for the Texans, especially after seeing what the Minnesota Vikings were able to get from the Buffalo Bills in a trade that included Stefon Diggs (a less talented wideout than Hopkins) a few hours later.

Watson hasn't said much about the trade, but he did post this tweet one day after the Hopkins move went down:

Watson has two more years on his rookie contract, assuming the Texans exercise the fifth-year option in his deal (why wouldn't they?). It doesn't seem likely that Watson would leave Houston any time in the near future, but that didn't stop betting odds from surfacing over the last few days that had the young star as the favorite to be the New England Patriots' starting quarterback in 2021. The Patriots, of course, need a new franchise quarterback after Tom Brady left in free agency to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.

So, finally, here's what Watson tweeted Monday:

*Cue the Bill Belichick walking out of the tunnel in Detroit GIF*

We have no idea what Watson is trying to say with this tweet. Maybe it's just as simple as he's a huge fan of Drake. The lyrics, by the way, are from the song "Emotionless".

Many of the replies to the tweet were messages telling Watson to leave Houston in some fashion. This reply from a Texans fan was pretty interesting.

Watson is one of the best young quarterbacks in the league and led the Texans to the playoffs in each of the last two years. Trading away his best wide receiver without a suitable replacement already on the roster was a pretty puzzling move, to say the least, and Houston has to make some sort of upgrade at that position for Watson to have a competent group of pass targets in 2020.

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Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin describes introductory FaceTimes with Tom Brady

Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin describes introductory FaceTimes with Tom Brady

Tom Brady is already making a point to get to know his new teammates in Tampa Bay.

The former New England Patriots quarterback had one request after signing with the Buccaneers last week, and that was all of his teammates' phone numbers. One particular player he's already reached out to is one of his new favorite targets, Chris Godwin.

In a recent interview with Ros Gold-Onwude of The Boardroom, Godwin detailed the dynamic of his first FaceTime conversations with Brady.

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“Really it’s literally just getting to know each other,” Godwin told Gold-Onwude. “Just early introductory things. Just trying to get a feel for who we are as people more than anything else. Like we didn’t talk ball or anything, really just about how excited we both are to play with each other.”

“For me, I’m just going to learn," he added. “You know, learn as much as I can from somebody who’s arguably the G.O.A.T., and I’m just ready to roll.”

The learning curve probably won't be all that steep for Godwin, who broke out in a big way last season for the Bucs. The 24-year-old was one of the top wide receivers in all of football, tallying 121 catches for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns.

Godwin went on to describe his initial reaction to Brady -- who's been in the league since Godwin was four years old -- becoming his new QB.

“At first it was a little weird, cause it’s like I feel like it’s someone I’ve watched my entire life, Godwin said. "Like you said, he’s my colleague now so past the initial interaction it’s like alright, cool. This is starting to feel a little more normal now.”

You can watch the full interview below:

Godwin happens to wear No. 12 for the Bucs, but recently said he'll give it up to TB12 if the six-time Super Bowl champion asks for it.

Patriots WR N'Keal Harry already seems to be embracing the underdog role

Patriots WR N'Keal Harry already seems to be embracing the underdog role

Over the course of the New England Patriots' dynasty, NFL fans learned a valuable lesson: never count the Patriots out.

But with Tom Brady leaving after 20 years to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, that has quickly changed. Suddenly, the Pats are perceived as underdogs.

It isn't difficult to see why. The quarterback position now is a real area of concern, and several key contributors from 2019 have departed in free agency.

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Pats wide receiver N'Keal Harry, however, doesn't seem worried. The 2019 first-round pick took to Twitter on Saturday with a message for the doubters.

The 22-year-old certainly isn't lacking in confidence.

If the Patriots are to exceed expectations without Brady, Harry will be counted on to be a focal point in the offense. New England's wide receiver depth chart currently consists of Harry, Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu, and Jakobi Meyers. There's also a strong chance the position is addressed again via the draft, which takes place next month.

The real question is who will be throwing the ball to Harry when the 2020 NFL season kicks off. Right now, 2019 fourth-rounder Jarrett Stidham is the odds-on favorite to be Brady's successor.

Harry tallied 12 receptions for 105 yards and two touchdowns in seven games during his rookie campaign.