Let’s face it, in a running back group that might actually improve if Alfred Blue came back, it’s not a stretch for a talented athlete to take the top spot. With no Arian Foster, Lamar Miller or Steve Slaton, this unit needs a talent infusion.
Houston Texans general manager Nick Caserio brought in veteran tailback Marlon Mack in the off-season, but the NFL is often unkind to runners who are past their prime with injury histories. Particularly the dreaded Achilles tendon rupture suffered by Mack a few years ago while suited up for the division rival Indianapolis Colts.
An NFL running back’s career is measured in yards, the more yards they’ve gained the closer they are to the end. And, the number of injuries incurred greatly reduces that career finish line total. As much as we hope otherwise, with 2,484 yards under his belt and the Achilles issue, Mack’s closer to the end than the beginning.
Cue rookie rock totter Dameon Pierce.
If ever there was a rookie with an opportunity to take the role of top dog, this is it.
If you’ve been paying attention at all, you know the Texans running game has been a soul wrenching descent to the sub-basement over the last several seasons, ever since Carlos Hyde left the building. Having a fiery, hard-hitting, explosive running back is just what the doctor ordered.
Dameon Pierce might just be all that and more.
Aaron Wilson via Pro Football Network
...Dameon Pierce, an aggressive fourth-round draft pick from Florida who plays the game with a hard-nosed approach. Pierce once scored a touchdown for the Gators after having his helmet knocked off. He didn’t stop going forward.
Texans running backs coach Danny Barrett on rookie Dameon Pierce and veteran Marlon Mack @PFN365 pic.twitter.com/j7fr0M676U— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) August 9, 2022
Rex Burkhead says Dameon Pierce is asking the right questions— John Crumpler (@JohnHCrumpler) August 1, 2022
“He's come up to me on little details... When you're asking some small details on routes and just run techniques or whatever, that's when you know someone is really locking in and picking it up quickly”#WeAreTexans
Can Pierce break into the Houston Texans Mount Rushmore of running backs? It’s anyone’s guess at this stage, but when the New Orleans Saints come to town for Saturday nights preseason opener, we’ll all be one step closer to answering that question.
When describing RB Dameon Pierce, who should be a starter when the season begins because the run game was pathetic last season, OC Pep Hamilton used "explosive playmaker." Texans haven't had an RB like that since Arian Foster retired. Pierce has a great opportunity to excel.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) August 4, 2022