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Houston added more youth to an offense led by 2nd-year QB Davis Mills. Tyrod Taylor joined new HC Brian Daboll and the Giants after a brief stint under center for the Texans last season.
Florida RB Dameon Pierce arrived as a 4th-round pick. Across 4 years, Pierce curiously never saw more than 106 carries in a single season. Yet with the help of a stout, 218-pound frame, the Georgia native showed impressive tackle-breaking ability. He’s just not a burner; Pierce ran a 4.59-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. As a mid-round pick, he’ll need to earn a role alongside new addition Marlon Mack and returning vet Rex Burkhead.
Mack joined the club over the spring following a quiet 2021. In fact, Mack was active for only 6 games with the Colts last season. It remains to be seen if he can round back into form following a 2020 Achilles tear. The 26-year-old showed promise in 2019, rushing 247 times for 1,091 yards and 8 scores in 14 games. With 57 career catches, he just doesn't add much as a pass-catcher. A committee approach here looks likely, unless a true backfield difference-maker emerges. At a minimum, Mack provides another veteran presence following the departures of Mark Ingram and David Johnson. That duo combined for 522 yards on 159 attempts last season.
Houston supplied Mills with a new target in Round 2 WR John Metchie. The Alabama product projects as a slot in the pros, a spot that he excelled at under HC Nick Saban. Over the past 2 seasons, Metchie (5’11, 187 pounds) tallied 151 catches, 2,058 yards and 14 TDs. However, the 22-year-old is recovering from a December ACL tear. While his long-term outlook is positive, Metchie is a candidate to miss early-season games.
Houston spent the 15th overall pick on interior OL Kenyon Green, who projects as a day 1 starter.
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