RB Marlon Mack signed with Houston in the offseason and projects to be near the top of the running back depth chart alongside Rex Burkhead. He was brought in because of his success in five seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. "Marlon has been a productive player in the league and we look at his best years he's had," Smith said after Wednesday's OTA. "Sometimes you need a change, change of scenery, a new team."
"I know he's fit in well with our group," Smith said. "We feel like we have a plan for him and we like the running back position, not just him."
Mack has more production than any back not named Burkhead on the Texans roster and has been positively boasted by Lovie Smith. That is Smith's M.O. and is not a coach that pulls punches when lifting his players. Mack can be an interesting late-round pick with 15-carry upside on a team looking for consistency at the running back position.
HOU RB Rex Burkhead - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 vs 49ers
We knew the Chargers had a pretty bad defense. But my goodness, did anyone see that coming from Rex Burkhead? 149 yards and two touchdowns. Incredible. He'll likely come back to Earth a bit this week, as the 49ers have a much better run defense than the Chargers. That said, Burkhead has clearly taken the lead role in the Houston backfield, and with Davis Mills playing better, defenses can't fully focus on the run game. Burkhead actually has flex appeal this week for the championship round.