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 Royce Freeman - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 15 vs Jaguars
Royce Freeman had himself a day in the passing game last week against the Seahawks, catching six passes for 51 yards on eight targets. It will be interesting to see if that trend continues. It's possible, as the backfield will basically be just Freeman and David Johnson with Rex Burkhead unavailable because of a hip injury. That said, it's a huge gamble as we reach the playoffs. Some of Freeman's work came in garbage time as Seattle pulled away in the fourth quarter.