The bright spots in the 2022 Houston Texans season have been very few and very far between. However, many of those spots have come when rookie running back Dameon Pierce has the ball.
Your weekly at least we have Dameon Pierce play: pic.twitter.com/wYTdEnL8Vy— Drew (@IndepthTexans) November 14, 2022
While quarterback Davis Mills has shown he’s a career backup, at least in OC Pep Hamilton’s offense, Pierce has torn through opposing defenses week after week.
And, along the way, he’s given notice he might quickly land in the shadow of all-time Texans great Arian Foster, if not ultimately surpass him.
Dameon Pierce through 8 games:— NFL Rookie Watch (@NFLRookieWatxh) November 10, 2022
• 776 scrimmage yards (leads all rookies)
• 678 rushing yards (leads all rookies)
The Texans rookie RB has been UNSTOPPABLE pic.twitter.com/ZNSGoXuWJ4
Dameon Pierce today: 19 touches for 122 yards.— Drew Dougherty (@DoughertyDrew) November 14, 2022
6th career 100+ scrimmage-yard game.
Only rookie in Texans history w/6 of those in 1st 9.
Just how bad has the Houston running attack been over the team’s 20 years? Well, bad enough that Dameon Pierce is already a top 15 tailback in team history. That’s right, in just nine games Pierce has climbed all the way to 13th most productive back in Texans history.
Ironically, Pierce is one, maybe two games shy of surpassing David Johnson, the player most famously remember as the replacement for DeAndre Hopkins.
And, he still has eight games to go.
Pierce is currently fifth in the NFL in rushing yards, with 772. That averages to just under 86 yards per game.
Play that math forward and Pierce projects to end the season with 1,462 yards. That’s 38 more yards than Arian Foster’s Texans season record.
While it’s obvious this season is a lost cause, Pierce is definitely a ray of hope for the Houston Texans future.
#Giants DC Wink Martindale on Texans RB Dameon Pierce: “I don’t know who said something to him or did something to him to make him so angry… but that might be the angriest runner in the league" pic.twitter.com/XgLotD4e7Q— NFL Total Access (@NFLTotalAccess) November 11, 2022