4 Texans whose stock improved entering game vs. Browns

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3. Mark Ingram, Running Back

How many people guessed Mark Ingram was going to be the leading rusher in yards gained by the Houston Texans in Week 1? How many believed he would carry the load with 26 rushes in the season opener with others like David Johnson and Phillip Lindsay on the roster?

However it is looked at, even though Ingram had 3.3 yards per carry against the Jaguars. he was still the leading rusher in the game, finishing with 85 yards. Ingram’s longest run was 11 yards, and he also scored one rushing touchdown on a 1-yard run, the first Houston Texans touchdown of the season.

Going into the season opener, one would have figured Johnson would be the workhorse back for the Texans, but it was the long-time veteran Ingram who showed the football world he’s still able to carry the load for a team.

Ingram’s stock improved big-time in this game, and it was impressive how he was able to handle so many carries, and for at least one week, his stock improved with his toughness and tenacity in the running game for Week 1.

Next is a tougher defensive line when facing the Browns, so with Ingram facing a former division foe (he played with the Ravens for a couple seasons), Ingram will have a little tougher battle in front of him this Sunday.