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This Week’s Poll: Who Do You Want To Be The Texans’ Primary Running Back?

What’s in your heart?

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Last year, your Houston Texans trotted out the Johnson Brothers as their starting backfield. David Johnson and Duke Johnson Jr. (no relation) were the last incarnation of former head coach Bill O’Brien’s A-gap attack run game. Unfortunately, neither Johnson was built to hammer the center of the o-line.

Now, with Nick Caserio’s reimagining of the Texans’ roster, Duke Johnson is gone, David Johnson is still here, and the running back room looks totally different. As new head coach David Culley hammers the ‘Competition Competition Competition’ theme down everyone’s throat, it’s anyone’s guess which running back will get the most carries. Speaking of, which of these scenarios would you welcome the most?

Phillip Lindsay Named Week One RB1 for Texans

The 5’8”, 190 lb., 26 year old Lindsay enters his fifth year in the league. Lindsay has 534 career rushes for 2,550 yards, a 4.8 yard per carry average, and 17 touchdowns. Coming over from the Denver Broncos, where he showed flashes of greatness, Lindsay is on the front end of his career, unlike some of the others on the roster.

Mark Ingram Named Week One RB1 for Texans

When Ingram was Lindsay’s age, he was a force to be reckoned with, striking fear in opposing defenses. The 5’9”, 215 lb. bruiser is entering his eleventh season. A decade of productivity is eternally long for an NFL running back. Last season, under David Culley’s watch in Baltimore, Ingram had his worst statistical outing with only 72 carries in 9 starts for 299 yards, which averages out to 27.2 yards per game.

David Johnson Named Week One RB1 for Texans

Johnson is another tailback whose best days occurred long ago. In 2016, Johnson racked up 1,239 yards on 293 carries for a 77.4 yards per game average. Last season saw Johnson gain 691 yards and 57.6 yards per game. The former Arizona Cardinal is entering his seventh season and will forever carry the stigma of the other shoe in the disastrous DeAndre Hopkins trade.

A Player Not Currently on the Roster Named Week One RB1 for Texans

Just as with the quarterbacks, if another team should cut a running back Caserio likes, it would shock no one to have a new face on the team. Running backs aren’t as valuable as they once were, which often means quality ball carriers are plentiful in free agent surges. There figures to be such a surge of available RBs after roster cuts at the end of preseason.

Who do you think will get the nod as your initial 2021 Houston Texans starting tailback?


Who do you want to see as the Texans’ starting running back when the 2021 regular season begins?

This poll is closed

  • 66%
    Phillip Lindsay
    (94 votes)
  • 7%
    Mark Ingram
    (11 votes)
  • 17%
    David Johnson
    (25 votes)
  • 8%
    A player not currently on Houston’s roster
    (12 votes)
142 votes total Vote Now