Houston Texans: Watch Mark Ingram score first TD of season

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The Houston Texans struck first by having veteran Mark Ingram score the first touchdown of the 2021 season.

The second offensive drive of the Houston Texans saw a huge 40-yard reception by Brandin Cooks off a pass by quarterback Tyrod Taylor. A few plays later the Houston Texans were celebrating their first touchdown of the 2021 season against the Jacksonville Jaguars at NRG Stadium.

The rushing touchdown was a 1-yard run by running back Mark Ingram II. This was also his first touchdown with the Texans as he joined the team this offseason as a free agent from the Baltimore Ravens for a one-year contract for $2.5 million. From the looks so far that was money well spent by general manager Nick Caserio and the Texans front office.

Watch below as Ingram rushes to the end zone for the score vs. Jacksonville:

This was not only the first touchdown for the Houston Texans this season, but it was Ingram’s first score since Week 4 of the ’20 season against the Washington Football Team. This touchdown was also Ingram’s 63rd career rushing touchdown as he’s in his 11th NFL season.

How Ingram will be used by the Houston Texans for the rest of the game will be interesting as he seems to be the main option for the team, with all the carries in the first drive going his way. Ingram will most likely share time with David Johnson in Week 1 against the Jaguars, and those will be the go-to running backs at least early on in this game.

In his first seven carries of the game Ingram totaled 24 yards, so it seems that head coach David Culley and offensive coordinator aren’t afraid of using the veteran running back early in the season, or against the Jacksonville defense.

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