Marlon Mack

San Francisco 49ers
Running Back #25
San Francisco 49ers
Running Back #25

Marlon Mack News

No touches in first game with SF

Mack was only on the field for three special teams snaps in Sunday's 11-10 loss to Denver.

Analysis: Mack was signed from the practice squad to replace the injured Tyrion Davis-Price (ankle) and serve as the team's third back. The former Indianapolis Colt did not get involved in the offensive gameplan, but the veteran's track record of success (1,999 combined rushing yards and 17 touchdowns in 2018 and 2019) could see him jump ahead of undrafted rookie Jordan Mason (five offensive snaps) as Jeff Wilson's backup while Davis-Price recovers from an ankle injury. Neither backup is worth rostering in fantasy so long as Wilson and Deebo Samuel dominate the backfield touches in San Francisco.

Sep 26, 2022 12:00 PM EST

Signed to San Fran's active roster

The 49ers signed Mack from the practice squad to the active roster Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Mack will get the promotion after news that rookie third-round pick Tyrion Davis-Price (ankle) will be sidelined for a few weeks. The team already lost Elijah Mitchell (knee) to IR, so Mack will compete with undrafted rookie Jordan Mason for backup snaps behind Jeff Wilson. Mack has amassed at least 1,000 yards from scrimmage twice in his career, but he's struggled to stick in the NFL since he suffered a torn Achilles tendon in September 2020.

Sep 20, 2022 2:51 PM EST

Finds work in San Francisco

The 49ers signed Mack to their practice squad Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: With two seasons in which he amassed at least 1,000 yards from scrimmage on his resume, Mack is a big name as far as practice-squad players go, but he's struggled to stick in the NFL since he suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in September 2020. Though Mack gained full clearance from the injury ahead of training camp last summer, he showed little explosiveness (3.6 yards per carry on 28 totes) during his time with the Colts in 2021 and often found himself as a healthy inactive by the end of the summer. Mack was still expected to get the chance to compete for a starting role after signing with Houston earlier this offseason, but rookie Dameon Pierce and versatile veteran Rex Burkhead ultimately made him a roster casualty. After a brief stint on Houston's practice squad earlier this month, Mack will now catch as organization depth for the 49ers, who placed lead back Elijah Mitchell (knee) on injured reserve and are expected to be without his services for the next two months. Jeff Wilson, Jordan Mason and Tyrion Davis-Price are still on hand as the 49ers' candidates to help replace Mitchell, but Mack could eventually earn a promotion to the roster if head coach Kyle Shanahan wants to add a more experienced option to the running back room.

Sep 13, 2022 2:24 PM EST

Cut from practice squad

The Texans released Mack from the practice squad Monday, DJ Bien-Aime of reports.

Analysis: Mack was cut from the practice squad to make room for Chris Conley. The veteran once appeared to be a candidate to win the starting role in Houston's backfield, but he may now have to search for a depth opportunity elsewhere in the league. Rookie fourth-round pick Dameon Pierce looks primed to start Week 1 against the Colts for the Texans.

Sep 5, 2022 6:08 AM EST

Joins Texans' practice squad

The Texans officially signed Mack to their practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: Mack was among the roster cuts that Houston made Tuesday, but now that he's back with the team in some capacity he'll be eligible for elevation to the active roster Week 1 and beyond. With rookie fourth-round pick Dameon Pierce poised to lead the backfield, Mack would be vying for snaps with Rex Burkhead and Dare Ogunbowale for any games in which he's deemed active.

Aug 31, 2022 4:18 PM EST

Plans to join Texans' practice squad

Mack plans to sign with the Texans' practice squad, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Mack was a surprising roster cut Tuesday, but it looks like he'll remain a backfield option for the Texans, after all. For now, Dameon Pierce and Rex Burkhead are the top available options on the team's active roster, but if Mack indeed lands on the team's practice squad, he'll add valuable experience and depth to Houston's running back corps.

Aug 31, 2022 8:30 AM EST

Released by Houston

The Texans are releasing Mack, Pete Sweeney of reports.

Analysis: Mack seemingly entered camp with a shot at the starting job but fell behind rookie fourth-round pick Dameon Pierce, who is headed for the lead role Week 1 against Indianapolis. The 26-year-old Mack has only 32 carries and five catches since running for over 1,000 yards in 2019.

Aug 30, 2022 11:32 AM EST

Works in second half Thursday

Mack had 10 carries for 55 yards during Thursday's preseason win against the 49ers.

Analysis: After starting the Texans' first two exhibitions, Mack didn't take the field until the second half of preseason Week 3, yielding the start to rookie fourth-round pick Dameon Pierce (six rushes for 37 yards and one TD). Rex Burkhead also got run in the first half en route to 11 touches for 31 yards from scrimmage. It's unclear if this signifies a change in the pecking order of Houston's backfield, and it also should be noted Mack's healthy 5.5 YPC occurred against San Francisco's reserve defense. In any case, the trio seem to be safe bets to make the Texans' initial active roster, as Dare Ogunbowale and Royce Freeman earned their touches in the third and fourth quarters Thursday.

Aug 25, 2022 8:40 PM EST

Solid in Friday start

Mack rushed eight times for 29 yards in the Texans' 24-20 preseason win over the Rams on Friday night.

Analysis: Mack drew the start while rookie Dameon Pierce was held out of action, and the veteran was able to put in a more productive showing than his three-carry, six-yard tally during the preseason opener against the Saints on Saturday. Pierce was much more explosive during his time on the field versus New Orleans, however, and perhaps Mack's extended playing time Friday was head coach Lovie Smith's attempt to give him ample opportunity in game action after the combination of an Achilles injury and Jonathan Taylor limited him to just 32 total carries with the Colts over the last two seasons. Pierce could see a similar or greater level of volume in the preseason finale versus the 49ers on Thursday, and if he's able to make another strong impression, it's conceivable the fourth-round pick could wrest the No. 1 running back job ahead of Week 1.

Aug 19, 2022 10:24 PM EST

Starts in preseason opener

Mack carried the ball three times for six yards in Saturday's 17-13 preseason win over the Saints.

Analysis: Mack drew the start at running back with the Texans' first-team offense on the field for the opening two series, but only one of his three carries went for more than three yards as the unit struggled to move the ball early. Rookie fourth-rounder Dameon Pierce eventually impressed as he paced the backfield with five rushes for 49 yards while Mack looked on, which could help the former earn some run with the ones this coming Friday against the Rams. However, Mack remains atop the depth chart at running back for the time being.

Aug 13, 2022 9:57 PM EST

In line to play Saturday

Mack is slated to play in Saturday's preseason contest versus the Saints, Aaron Wilson of reports.

Analysis: Meanwhile, Rex Burkhead is not expected to suit up. Notably, Mack was listed as the top running back on the Texans' first unofficial depth chart, so it stands to reason the coaching staff may hold a different view on the situation. In any case, rookie fourth-rounder Dameon Pierce will sub in for Mack and likely get a fair amount of action before halftime, while the teams remaining healthy RBs are Dare Ogunbowale, Royce Freeman and BJ Emmons.

Aug 13, 2022 4:10 PM EST

Atop depth chart with Burkhead

Mack and Rex Burkhead are listed as the first running backs on the Texans' unofficial depth chart, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: The depth chart indicates Mack or Burkhead at the top of the running back depth chart, with Mack's name listed first. It was presumed that Mack would be the team's lead back, and maybe the Texans want to see him prove it during preseason game action. Dameon Pierce, a 2022 fourth-round pick out of Florida, is listed third in line.

Aug 9, 2022 3:56 PM EST

Confident in Achilles

Mack said he fully trusts his Achilles and did not get a chance to show how healthy he was in 2021 with the Colts, Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network reports.

Analysis: Mack suffered an Achilles injury that wiped out most of 2020 and by the time he was healthy in 2021, the lead back job in Indianapolis was in the capable hands of Jonathan Taylor. Mack played just six games and had 28 carries for 101 yards last season, but the six-year veteran gets a chance to show off his health as the perceived lead back for Houston, which is expected to run often in 2022. Along with Mack, Rex Burkhead and Dameon Pierce round out the top of the depth chart.

Aug 5, 2022 3:49 PM EST

Competing for role

Mack is competing with Rex Burkhead, Dameon Pierce and other running backs for roles in the Houston backfield, Drew Dougherty of reports.

Analysis: Pierce reportedly is making a strong impression, but it seems like a wide-open competition, and Mack is the only one with experience working as an NFL lead back. That was years ago, of course, and he's taken only 28 regular-season carries since suffering an Achilles tear in Week 1 of 2020 with the Colts. Mack did run for 908 yards and nine touchdowns in 2018 (195 carries - 4.7 YPC), followed by 1,091 yards and eight TDs in 2019 (247 carries - 4.4 YPC).

Aug 2, 2022 9:27 AM EST

Heading to Houston

The Texans and Mack agreed to a contract Friday, Sarah Barshop of reports.

Analysis: A fourth-round pick of the Colts in 2017, Mack worked his way to the top of the depth chart at running back in his second and third seasons, combining for 1,999 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground between 2018 and 2019. Indianapolis then selected Jonathan Taylor in the second round of the 2020 Draft, which was followed by Mack tearing his Achilles in Week 1 of that campaign. Mack only appeared in six games last year, averaging 3.6 yards on his 28 carries, and otherwise was a healthy scratch after Week 8, a late-season bout on the reserve/COVID-19 list aside. In Houston, he'll vie for slotting in the backfield with Rex Burkhead, Royce Freeman and Dare Ogunbowale.

Apr 1, 2022 4:20 PM EST

Ends year as No. 4 on depth chart

Mack rushed 28 times for 101 yards while securing two of five targets for eight yards across six appearances in 2021.

Analysis: The 25-year-old began the 2021 campaign as the Colts' No. 3 running back behind Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines, but he saw limited playing time early in the season. Mack and the Colts mutually agreed to seek a trade in late September, but a trade partner wasn't found. The 2017 fourth-rounder didn't appear in any of the final nine games of the season, mainly due to being a healthy scratch. Mack is slated to become an unrestricted free agent during the offseason, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him attempt to carve out a role elsewhere.

Jan 24, 2022 9:59 AM EST

Remains sidelined

Mack (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Mack has not played since Week 8, when Deon Jackson jumped him on the depth chart. Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines will continue to serve as the team's primary backs.

Jan 9, 2022 9:05 AM EST

Inactive Sunday

Mack (coach's decision) will not play Sunday against the Raiders.

Analysis: Mack has not played since Week 8 against the Titans. He'll work to earn a chance to suit up in Week 18 against the Jaguars.

Jan 2, 2022 9:10 AM EST

Back from COVID list

Mack (illness) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Analysis: Mack landed on the COVID list Monday but was able to clear the health and safety protocols over the past few days. The 25-year-old has been a healthy scratch since Week 8, and he's unlikely to see the field Sunday against the Raiders if the rest of the Colts' backfield remains in good health.

Dec 31, 2021 7:29 AM EST

Lands on COVID-19 list

Mack was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

Analysis: Mack will need to clear the NFL's COVID-19 protocols before seeing action again, but with him being a healthy scratch in seven straight games, his absence should not affect any roles in the Colts' backfield.

Dec 27, 2021 8:35 AM EST

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