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Maybe we should give it more to him’

The Houston Texans relied heavily on their excellent rookie Dameon Pierce back in Week 9 to move the ball on offense and found moderate success before succumbing to the overwhelming defense of the Philadelphia Eagles. Pierce has been one of the most reliable runners in the NFL this year, and head coach Lovie Smith told reporters on Friday that he continues to be impressed by what he’s seen.

“It’s kind of the same song on a lot of what Dameon [Pierce] has done,” explains Smith. ‘Did he run hard last night? Second try, the defensive player come up with him, just a lot of the same stuff. How I’ve talked about him since his first pre-season game, that’s how we see it every time he gets the ball. What has changed a little, he carried the ball how many times last night? 27 or something? Maybe we should give him more because it looks like something positive will happen for the Houston Texans when he has the ball.”

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While a loss to Texans was a foregone conclusion for most analysts heading into this game, the competency Houston displayed in the ground game was a marked improvement over their game against the Tennessee Titans. With more effort like the one they’ve put together against the Eagles, Houston could put itself in a position to play legitimate competitive football before the end of the season.

Pierce will be a key part of any win the team manages to achieve throughout the rest of their 2022 schedule as the most viable offensive option currently on their roster. Given the Texans’ plight with their top two receivers, Brandin Cooks and Nico Collins, Smith and his team of coaches will likely be enthralled with the running game in the coming weeks as they figure out how to get quarterback Davis Mills back his best goals. .

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