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Pierce was one of the biggest busts in Fantasy Football at the RB position in 2023. He fell out of favor and lost the lead back job to Devin Singletary by Week 9. There is some hope for Pierce heading into 2024 as the Texans have hinted multiple times that they will create a 1-2 punch for him and Joe Mixon, but there are also question marks about how his rushing style fits in Bobby Slowik's blocking scheme. Still, Pierce is part of what should be one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL and worth a dart throw as a late-round pick, especially for teams who didn't invest early-round assets at RB.

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2023 416 2.87 2 13 101 543.9
2022 939 4.27 4 2 30 165 1 1239.5
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  • Texans' Dameon Pierce: Expected to contribute this year

    GM Nick Caserio said Tuesday that he expects Pierce to be "a big part" of the Houston offense this upcoming season, Tyler Milner of Sports Radio 610 reports. The 2022 fourth-round pick ran for 939 yards in 13 games his rookie season but then managed just 416 yards in 14 games last year. Pierce nosedived from 4.3 YPC to 2.9, losing his starting job to Devin Singletary in the process. Singletary is with the Giants now, but Pierce nonetheless appear destined for a backup role after the Texans traded for Joe Mixon and gave him an extension. The team then waited until the sixth round of the 2024 NFL draft to select a running back, taking a player (Louisville's Jawhar Jordan) who six months older than Pierce and might only be used as a kick return specialist. In other words, Pierce has a nice opportunity to keep the second spot on the depth chart despite his subpar performance last season, though Dare Ogunbowale remains a threat to get playing time in obvious pass situations.
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  • Texans' Dameon Pierce: Joined in backfield by Mixon

    Pierce looks slated to work as the backup to Joe Mixon, DJ Bien-Amie of ESPN reports. Pierce will no longer have to compete with Devin Singletary, who won the starting job down the stretch in 2023 before leaving in free agency, but he now faces a stronger obstacle to touches in the form of Mixon, who had 257 carries for 1,034 yards and nine TDs last year and boasts a true three-down skillset. As a rookie in 2022, Pierce burst onto the scene with 939 rushing yards, but he disappointed in Year 2 with just 416 yards on the ground. The 2022 fourth-round pick could bounce back if he can better adjust to the running scheme introduced last offseason by offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik, but the team could also add more competition to this backfield ahead of Week 1.
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  • Texans' Dameon Pierce: Lone back under contract

    Pierce finished the 2023 campaign with 145 carries for 416 yards and two touchdowns along with 13 receptions (17 targets) for 101 receiving yards over 14 regular-season games. A promising rookie in 2022, Pierce lost the starting job to Devin Singletary and fell to third on the depth chart by the season's end. Including the two postseason games, Pierce had 19 carries for 34 yards over the Texans' final seven contests. He suffered a midseason ankle injury, but the main reason for his downfall was an inability to adjust to a running scheme installed under the new coaching regime. Pierce enters the offseason as the only running back under contract, but the Texans are expected to add competition. That could be re-signing Singletary or adding another high-profile back in free agency or the draft.
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  • Texans' Dameon Pierce: Little involvement in win

    Pierce had three carries for zero yards and played six snaps on offense in Saturday's 45-14 wild-card playoff victory over Cleveland. Two of Pierce's three carries came in the fourth quarter when the game was long settled and Davis Mills had replaced C.J. Stroud. The backup running back did not have a kickoff return, which has been his primary contribution the last few weeks. The one kick return Houston had was by Dare Ogunbowale.
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  • Texans' Dameon Pierce: No snaps on offense

    Pierce returned one kickoff for 30 yards and did not play on offense in Saturday's 23-19 win over the Colts in Week 18. A week after he inched back to relevance with nine touches, a healthy Pierce failed to play on offense for the first time this season. He's operated as the backup to Devin Singletary the last several weeks, but Week 18 was a new low for Houston's former lead back. If Pierce is going to make an impact in the playoffs, it may have to be on special teams. He leads Houston with 225 kickoff return yards (32.1 yards per return) and one touchdown.
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  • Texans' Dameon Pierce: Still in backup role

    Pierce rushed eight times for 16 yards, caught his lone target for five yards and returned one kickoff for 21 yards in Sunday's 26-3 win over the Titans. Pierce's 12 offensive snaps remained firmly behind Devin Singletary's 38, and the latter had 16 carries and three targets. Since he returned from an ankle injury in Week 12, Pierce has had fewer snaps on offense in all six games, and it wasn't close in five of them -- Week 13 against Denver stands out as the last time Pierce's workload was on par with Singletary's. Noah Brown and Robert Woods sustained hip injuries Sunday, which could boost the importance of the Texans' running game in Week 18 against the Colts. The winner of that game qualifies for the postseason.
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  • Texans' Dameon Pierce: Scores on special teams

    Pierce returned five kickoffs for 174 yards, including a 98-yard touchdown, in Sunday's 36-22 loss to the Browns in Week 16. He added three carries for six yards and caught one of two targets for 10 yards. Pierce provided an early lift by taking a kickoff to the house after Cleveland had jumped out to a 14-0 lead, but Houston's offense was unable to take advantage of the momentum swing. He had just 15 snaps on offense, continuing a downward trend after getting just four in Week 15. Since returning from an ankle injury five weeks ago, Pierce has a combined 85 yards on offense and slipped behind Devin Singletary on the depth chart. While the ankle could have played a role in his diminished production, Sunday's TD return is a strong sign it's no longer a factor, if it ever was -- he hadn't been doing much as the team's lead back prior to the injury.
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  • Texans' Dameon Pierce: Disappears from game plan

    Pierce rushed the ball once for three yards in Sunday's 19-16 win over the Titans. Pierce appeared to be the Texans' lead back in Week 13 when he tallied 15 carries, four of which came in the red zone. His role has declined substantially in two games since, bottoming out in Sunday's win. The once-lead back was on the field for four snaps Sunday and eight snaps the previous week. Devin Singletary is set to lead the Houston backfield for the rest of the season.
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  • Texans' Dameon Pierce: Outplayed by Singletary in loss

    Pierce rushed four times for nine yards and caught his only target for minus-2 yards in Sunday's 30-6 loss to the Jets. Pierce was handily outplayed by Devin Singletary, who rushed 13 times for 65 yards and a touchdown. C.J. Stroud has entered concussion protocol after exiting in the fourth quarter, and if the rookie quarterback is unavailable in Week 15 against the Titans, both Pierce and Singletary could see additional volume with Houston likely to lean more on the running game if backup Davis Mills gets the start under center.
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  • Texans' Dameon Pierce: Retakes lead-back role

    Pierce rushed the ball 15 times for 41 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 22-17 win over the Broncos. Pierce returned from an ankle injury in Week 12 to a reduced workload, but he regained the primary share of opportunities out of the backfield one game later. He saw 15 touches to Devin Singletary's nine and was also given work at the goal line. While Pierce still wasn't impressive in a positive matchup, it appears that volume will be on his side heading into a tough Week 14 contest against the Jets.
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  • Texans' Dameon Pierce: Struggles continue in return

    Pierce (ankle) rushed five times for 14 yards and caught his only target for four yards in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Jaguars. In his return from a three-week absence, Pierce finished with one fewer carry and four fewer rushing yards than Devin Singletary. While Singletary was hardly better on the ground, he contributed 54 receiving yards, which is almost double Pierce's season-high receiving total of 28 yards from back in Week 3. Pierce has just 341 rushing yards on 114 carries (3.0 YPC) and only one scrimmage touchdown in eight appearances heading into a Week 13 visit from the Broncos.
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  • Texans' Dameon Pierce: Appears set to return Sunday

    Pierce (ankle) is expected to play in Sunday's game versus Jacksonville, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Pierce has missed three straight games due to an ankle injury and came into this weekend deemed questionable to play, but he appears to have shown enough improvement to suit up against the Jaguars. That doesn't necessarily mean that he'll return to a lead-back role, however. In addition to Pierce potentially needing some time to settle back in following the injury and multi-week absence, Devin Singletary may have put himself in position to hold onto the starting job by racking up 262 rushing yards and two touchdowns over the past two weeks. Pierce had been struggling prior to going down with the injury, averaging just 3.0 yards on 109 rushes and scoring just once through seven games.
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  • Texans' Dameon Pierce: Returns to full practice

    Pierce (ankle) was a full practice participant Wednesday. Pierce missed a third straight game this past Sunday against the Cardinals, but he appeared to take a step forward leading up to that contest, as he was able to return to practice Friday as a limited participant. He's now opened Week 12 prep as a full participant, signaling that he's moved past the ankle issue and is on track to suit up Sunday against the Jaguars. Though Pierce has served as Houston's starting running back in each of his seven appearances this season and could take the first snap against Jacksonville, Pierce may be the starter in name only. According to Jonathan M. Alexander of the Houston Chronicle, Texans offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik said Wednesday that he believes in "sharing the load" out of the backfield between Pierce and Devin Singletary, who served as the team's lead back over the past three weeks. Considering that Singletary averaged 5.0 yards per carry and scored two touchdowns on 52 totes over the past two games, any timeshare arrangement is seemingly more likely to tilt in his favor, given the extent to which Pierce struggled prior to missing time. Pierce has averaged just 3.0 yards per carry over seven appearances this season, ranking last in the NFL among all players with more than 60 carries.
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  • Texans' Dameon Pierce: Practicing again

    Pierce (ankle) is taking part in practice Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports. Pierce returned to practice last Friday as a limited participant before missing a third straight game in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. He's on track to be ready for an AFC South battle with Jacksonville on Sunday, though he probably won't be returning to a lead role after Devin Singletary put forth Houston's two best rushing performances of the season the past two weeks.
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  • Texans' Dameon Pierce: Won't play Sunday

    Pierce (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Pierce returned to a limited practice Friday, which offers hope he could return to action Week 12 against the Jaguars. However, now that he's been ruled out for Sunday's contest, Devin Singletary -- who's coming off a 150-yard rushing effort Week 10 -- once again is in line to lead the Texans backfield.
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  • Texans' Dameon Pierce: Back at practice

    Pierce (ankle) was present for Friday's practice, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports. Pierce didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday, but the running back's presence on the field Friday offers hope that he could potentially return to the mix Sunday against the Cardinals. The Texans' upcoming injury report will add further context to Pierce's Week 11 status, but if he's available versus Arizona, he could reenter the mix in a timeshare with Devin Singletary, who's coming off a 150-yard rushing effort Week 10.
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  • Texans' Dameon Pierce: Not at practice

    Pierce (ankle) isn't practicing Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports. Another absence from practice suggests Pierce is in danger of missing a third straight game when the Texans face the Cardinals this Sunday. Even if Pierce demonstrates enough progress as the week goes along to play against Arizona, he may be returning to a smaller role than what he enjoyed previously. Devin Singletary erupted for 150 rushing yards in a 30-27 win over the Bengals this past Sunday, while Pierce has failed to exceed 81 rushing yards in any of his seven appearances this season and is averaging just 3.0 yards per carry.
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  • Texans' Dameon Pierce: Remains sidelined Friday

    Pierce (ankle) wasn't present for Friday's practice, Jonathan M. Alexander of the Houston Chronicle reports. Pierce also missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and thus is trending toward missing Sunday's game against the Bengals. If Pierce is ruled out for the contest, Devin Singletary would once again serve as Houston's lead option out of the backfield in Week 10.
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  • Texans' Dameon Pierce: Remains sidelined Thursday

    Pierce (ankle) didn't practice Thursday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports. Pierce also missed Wednesday's session, so what the running back is able to do Friday will be telling in terms of his chances of playing Sunday against the Bengals. If Pierce misses a second straight game this weekend, Devin Singletary would continue to serve as Houston's lead option out of the backfield.
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  • Texans' Dameon Pierce: Dealing with ankle issue

    Pierce sat out practice Wednesday due to an ankle injury. Per Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston, Pierce's status for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers has yet to be determined, with head coach DeMeco Ryans telling Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official site that the team plans to "see where [Pierce] is as the week goes on." If Pierce ends up sitting out this weekend, Devin Singletary would be next in line for snaps and touches out of the Houston backfield.
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