Marlon Mack

Houston Texans
Running Back #25
Houston Texans
Running Back #25
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Marlon Mack News

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

Scratched Saturday

Mack (coach's decision) is inactive Saturday in Arizona.

Analysis: Mack last was available to the Colts offense Week 8, and he'll miss his seventh consecutive game as a healthy scratch. Instead, Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines will man the Indy backfield.

Dec 25, 2021 4:07 PM EST

Inactive again

Mack is inactive for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.

Analysis: As long as Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines are healthy and available to lead the Colts' backfield, Mack will remain the odd man out of the mix on a weekly basis.

Nov 28, 2021 8:53 AM EST

Healthy scratch Sunday

Mack (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game at Buffalo.

Analysis: It's the third straight game Mack has been made a healthy scratch. Deon Jackson will be the available depth running back behind Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines.

Nov 21, 2021 8:58 AM EST

Inactive again Sunday

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

Analysis: Mack is a healthy scratch for the second straight contest while the Colts again roll with Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines and Deon Jackson as their available running backs.

Nov 14, 2021 8:56 AM EST

Made inactive Thursday night

Mack is inactive for Thursday night's game against the Jets.

Analysis: With Mack a healthy scratch Thursday night, Deon Jackson is slated to serve as the Colts' No. 3 back behind Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines.

Nov 4, 2021 4:07 PM EST

Not moved at trade deadline

Despite Mack and the Colts mutually agreeing to seek a trade, he was mot moved by Tuesday's trade deadline as the market for running backs was quiet, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Mack played just one snap on offense in last week's loss to Tennessee. He'll keep his small role on offense unless Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines were to get hurt. Mack hasn't given any indications that he'll ask for his release after not being traded.

Nov 3, 2021 12:32 PM EST

Just three carries Sunday

Mack had three carries for four yards in Sunday's win at San Francisco.

Analysis: Mack played on just four snaps on offense as his small role was slightly lower than his past three games since Johnathan Taylor was on a roll (18 carries for 107 yards). The larger question for Mack's fantasy value is if he's moved before the Nov. 2 trade deadline since Mack and the Colts mutually agreed to seek a trade two weeks ago.

Oct 25, 2021 11:42 AM EST

Five carries in blowout win

Mack had five carries for 12 yards in Sunday's win over Houston.

Analysis: Mack played nine snaps and got some work in a blowout win. It looks like Mack will continue to get about five carries a game in a reserve role. He's also a candidate to be traded after Mack and the Colts mutually agreed to seek a trade two weeks ago.

Oct 18, 2021 12:30 PM EST

Has 47 yards rushing

Mack had five carries for 47 yards and one reception for seven yards on two targets in Monday's loss to Baltimore.

Analysis: Mack played just ten snaps on offense, but had a combined seven carries and targets in a game with both Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines healthy. Head coach Frank Reich last week said he ideally would give Mack five carries a week, which seems odd given his third spot on the depth chart and with him demanding a trade two weeks ago. Still, it looks like he may continue to have a steady, but small, role in the offense.

Oct 12, 2021 12:37 PM EST

Gets ten carries Sunday

Mack had 10 carries for 22 yards and one reception on two targets for one yard in Sunday's win at Miami. "In my mind, the starting point is Jonathan [Taylor] with 20 carries, Nyheim with five and Marlon [Mack] with five,'' Frank Reich told Fox 59 TV Indianapolis after the game. "But there's give-and-take depending on how the game goes.''

Analysis: Mack had received just five carries in Week 2 and no touches the other two weeks. He got more carries in a game where the Colts were rushing the ball well (Taylor had 103 yards) which makes sense. However, it's a little odd he had increased usage and Reich gave him a vote of confidence just days after Mack and the Colts mutually agreed to seek a trade. Unless he's traded to a team with a need at running back, he's still likely to have a minimal role off the bench for the Colts unless Taylor or Nyheim Hines gets hurt.

Oct 4, 2021 3:28 PM EST

Back in the mix Sunday

Mack is active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: As is Jonathan Taylor, who has been managing a knee issue, as well as change-of-pace back Nyheim Hines. In that context, Mack and Jordan Wilkins are on hand in reserve, but don't appear destined for high-volume roles in Week 4, barring in-game developments that would change that.

Oct 3, 2021 8:59 AM EST

Available on trade market

The Colts and Mack mutually agreed to seek a trade after he was a healthy inactive for Sunday's 25-16 loss to the Titans, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Mack entered the 2021 campaign at full health after going down with a season-ending torn Achilles' tendon in Week 1 of 2020, but he played just 12 total snaps through the Colts' first two contests before donning street clothes in Tennessee. With second-year standout Jonathan Taylor carrying the load on the ground and Nyheim Hines locked in as the Colts' top pass-catching option out of the backfield, Mack -- who doesn't contribute on special teams -- was left without much of a role in Indianapolis. According to Pelissero, no Mack trade is imminent at the moment, so the 25-year-old could remain inactive for a few more games until a suitor for his services emerges. Given that he's now healthy, signed to a cost-effective expiring deal and has prior experience in a lead role, Mack could be an appealing trade target for a team whose backfield depth has been tested early on this season.

Sep 28, 2021 9:43 AM EST

Inactive Sunday

Mack is inactive for Sunday's game against the Titans.

Analysis: Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis suggests that Mack was made a scratch to open up an extra spot on Sunday's roster for a third QB. With Mack not in the team's Week 3 backfield mix, Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins are on hand to work in complementary roles behind Jonathan Taylor.

Sep 26, 2021 8:51 AM EST

Gets first carries of season

Mack had five carries for 16 yards and didn't have a reception on his lone target in Sunday's loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Mack didn't play in Week 1 despite being healthy, so this is a positive step despite his small role. Mack played 12 snaps on offense compared to 25 snaps for Nyheim Hines and 30 snaps for Jonathan Taylor. Mack's role could increase, but he'll still be the distant third option in the Indy backfield if the top two backs are healthy.

Sep 20, 2021 10:59 AM EST

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