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Dameon Pierce Repaying The Texans’ Faith In Him

Houston Texans rookie running back Dameon Pierce is putting himself in the frame for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Head coach Lovie Smith says Dameon Pierce still has a long way to go, but was purring over his game against Jacksonville.

On Sunday, Dameon Pierce had 26 carries for 99 yards and three catches for 14 yards. He also set up the game winning score with a barnstorming run.

He leads all rookies in rushing yards in 2022 with 412, which is the third most overall in the league.


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“It’s a little early. He’s a rookie and he’s playing well,” Lovie Smith said Monday. “I haven’t seen all of the rookies out there. I just know that our rookie, we’ve loved him from the start. It’s not a bandwagon-type thing. 

“We believed in this guy and what he can do. He’s letting other people kind of see it a little bit. Again, for us to be talking that way, the offensive line and the guys that are blocking for him, they have to be doing their job. I just know after a quarter of football, we like where he is. Much more to go, but I like the way he’s trending.”


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“We watched it a few times and some of the other plays too,” Smith said of the Pierce run. “How can you not if you’re a football fan, to just see one word, finish late in the game. I’m always excited too. We go to a lot of different places and some places just means a little bit more to guys than others. Playing his college ball, 70 miles from there, seems like most of his hometown was there watching him play. So for him to perform that way the first time he comes back to his home state is pretty neat.”

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