The Houston Texans have signed a new running back in 2022.
The Houston Texans could have a redemption story on their hands with new running back Marlon Mack leading the way at the running back position for the 2022 season.
Houston tried the same thing last season by signing Mark Ingram, Phillip Lindsay and even trading for David Johnson a couple seasons ago. None of those projects worked out well for the franchise, and none of them are currently on the roster of the Texans.
This year’s running back project could be different as the Texans signed veteran running back Marlon Mack to a contract two seasons after he suffered an Achilles injury at the start of the ’20 season.
The ’22 season seems to be the Houston Texans taking the next step as they have five picks at their disposal for the 2022 NFL Draft and 11 total picks as of this weekend. Maybe the most under-the-radar move is the signing of Mack because he’s had some solid success in his career before his Achilles injury.
Mack has one season of 1,000-plus yards rushing while a member of the Indianapolis Colts, and during his career the number of times he’s rushed for 100 or more yards in a game is seven times, and on two occasions he’s been near the 100-yard mark with games of 95 and 91 yards rushing.
The best rushing game in terms of yardage for Mack in his career came against the Los Angeles Chargers in September 2019, where on 25 carries he rushed for 174 yards with one touchdown, averaging 6.96 yards per attempt.
Mack’s other 100-yard games include:
- 139 yards vs. Cowboys (2018)
- 132 yards vs. Raiders (2018)
- 132 yards vs. Chiefs (2019)
- 126 yards vs. Bills (2018)
- 119 yards vs. Titans (2019)
- 109 yards vs. Jaguars (2019).
Mack also has three games in his career where he’s rushed for two touchdowns those coming against the Cowboys and Raiders in ’18, and the Jaguars in ’19, a game where he rushed for 77 yards.
Texans: Rushing game will be better in 2022
Even with it being a couple seasons since Mack has gained one of his seven 100-plus yard rushing games, last season was basically to continue rehabbing and getting used to playing football again, and this upcoming season with the Houston Texans can be his real comeback story.
Mack’s comeback story can take off with the comeback story the Houston Texans are trying to write for themselves as well in the rebuild of the franchise. The ’22 Texans won’t be the same team all of us watched last season.
Things will be different as the Texans have players who want to be with the franchise, who are choosing to come to play for Lovie Smith and the coaching staff, and with the ’22 Draft arriving later this month, a whole new group of rookies who can work to make the Texans their team in the coming years.
Mack is an important part of this rebuild. He’s a veteran who has had success, and he’s proven in the past he can get the job done at running back, and he’s still just 26 years old. There is still good football ahead for Mack, and hopefully he’s able to add to the above list of 100-plus yard rushing games this season.
If Mack does add some of those kind of games, that could mean more wins and success for the Texans in ’22.