Texans Release Veteran Running Back After Dameon Pierce's Impressive Preseason

Larry Rupp
The Houston Texans have released Marlon Mack after Dameon Pierce's impressive preseason.
The Houston Texans have released Marlon Mack after Dameon Pierce's impressive preseason. / AP Photos/David J. Phillip

The Houston Texans' backfield by committee approach may be out the window for the 2022 NFL season. Veteran running back Marlon Mack is among the team's roster cuts prior to the 53-man deadline, which opens the door for preseason standout Dameon Pierce to take over as the No. 1 RB.

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Mack was signed to a one-year deal worth $2 million back in April, but only $250,00 of that salary was guaranteed. He simply wanted an opportunity to bounce back after tearing his Achilles in August of 2021 and missing the entire season. The 26-year-old showed some pop in the preseason, too.

Over the course of three preseason contests, Mack carried the ball 21 times for 90 yards. His efforts were highlighted by a 25-yard dash against the San Francisco 49ers last weekend. It was likely a lack of receiving ability that sealed Mack's fate when compared to Pierce and Rex Burkhead, though.

Pierce has been gaining traction in the NFL landscape for his bruising style of running the football. The 2022 fourth-round pick posted 86 rushing yards on 11 carries and scored one touchdown in the preseason. He also logged 2,228 yards from scrimmage and 28 touchdowns in college (48 games).

Mack's release gives Dare Ogunbaowale and Royce Freeman a shot to make the roster after fighting for their jobs all summer. It may have been a few years since he ran for over 1,000 yards with the Indianapolis Colts, but don't be shocked is Mack lands with another NFL squad before Week 1 arrives.

The Texans have odds set at +1500 to make the NFL Playoffs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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