The failures don’t all fall on the offensive line. The Texans’ two qualified rushers, Mark Ingram and Phillip Lindsay, have both gained fewer yards than expected by Next Gen Stats tracking data. Lindsay has run 9.6 actual yards for every yard gained, which is league’s highest average by a wide margin. The second-least efficient running back, Las Vegas’ Kenyan Drake, has run 6.6 actual yards for every yard gained — three full yards fewer than Lindsay. This matches up with the eye test, as six of Lindsay’s 20 carries have not advanced past the line of scrimmage, with him often seeking to bounce runs outside only to find no hole.
The Texans RBs aren't really a highly-desired play by most fantasy managers anyway, but this confirms the struggles. The story pointed out the team does face a lot of "eight-in-the-box" formations by defenses looking to stop the run, and those defenses have proven to be good against the run the rest of the season too. For a while this offseason, it looked like Lindsay would be the team's primary ball carrier but that hasn't happened and doesn't seem to be in the cards based on his early struggles.
Marlon Mack and the Colts have mutually agreed to try to find a trade partner for the veteran running back, a league source confirmed to IndyStar on Tuesday, after Mack was a healthy scratch on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
This updates a story we had earlier from Adam Schefter. It looks like Mack has agreed to be traded. This story said the source indicated that there is some interest in Mack, although it is still early in the process. Mack, who rushed for 1,999 yards over two seasons as the Colts’ lead back in 2018 and 2019, has played just 13 snaps during the 2021 season. Mack’s picked up 16 yards on five carries, but the veteran has clearly fallen behind Taylor and Hines in the backfield’s pecking order, according to the story.
One reason Colts’ RB Marlon Mack didn't play Sunday is because, per league sources, the team is considering trading him.
Mack's on a one-year deal, he's healthy and still can be productive, Schefter pointed out. There were no interested teams listed but Baltimore and New England potentially come to mind as teams who could be looking to add at the position. Those now in the know about Mack should potentially make a play for him while he's still on the Colts. He could at least potentially find himself in a shared workload sooner than later, and we can all use running back help.