Texans: 3 Things To Watch For at Training Camp
2. Will the Texans Prioritize the Running Game?
Last season, the Texans were dead last in rushing. The run game was pathetic and resulted in only 83.6 rushing yards per game. The team quickly addressed this issue by letting go of David Johnson and Philip Lindsay and bringing in Marlon Mack, the starting RB for the Colts. Before an injury, Mack was excellent in Indy, averaging over 4.4 yards per carry, and looked fantastic during OTAs this year for the Texans. They also drafted Dameon Pierce, who could become the number one RB on the Texans if provided the chance.
Lovie Smith has repeatedly spoken regarding the run game and clarified that it is a primary focus for this coming season.
"“A good offense means you need to be able to run the football,” Smith said Tuesday. “There’s a time where you need to be able to pass the football, but you need to do it in a certain way. Tough, hardnose football, that’s what you’ll be seeing from us.”"
So how early and often do we see running backs used? It will be a fascinating chance to see when training camp begins.