Texans releasing RB Marlon Mack, clearing manner for rookie Dameon Pierce as starter

The Dameon Pierce period in Houston acquired one other vote of confidence.

The Texans minimize veteran operating again Marlon Mack on Tuesday, NFL Community Insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported, per sources knowledgeable of the choice.

It is notable however not too shocking that the Texans jettisoned Mack after he performed deep into the group’s third preseason recreation.

The transfer additional underscored Pierce’s standing as Houston’s prime operating again. Through the preseason, the rookie displayed nice imaginative and prescient, stability and burst by means of the opening, dashing for chunk features. He tasks because the workhorse in Houston to open the season.

Rex Burkhead labored because the backup throughout preseason motion and may retain that function, together with the possible third-down snaps in passing conditions.

For Mack, it is one other brutal twist to his profession. A participant Jim Irsay as soon as boasted might threaten to go for 1,500 yards in a season tore his Achilles one recreation into the 2020 marketing campaign, earlier than he earned his second-contract payday. He appeared in simply six video games with the Colts final season, netting 28 carries for 101 yards.

Mack joined Houston this offseason with a direct line to beginning reps, however Pierce’s explosion this summer season made him expendable. The 26-year-old will now set off for his subsequent alternative.