Texans RB Devin Singletary optimistic about run game

Houston Texans running back Devin Singletary had a feeling that he would have a breakout game against the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday at Paycor Stadium. The fifth-year veteran was called upon to replace injured teammate Dameon Pierce, who missed his second consecutive game due to an ankle injury.

“As soon as I seen the game plan I said, ‘It is going to be a good week,’” Singletary said to the Texans Wire. “When I got on the field, it was just a cool, calm, and collected feeling over me, and we were able to get busy.”

Singletary, 26, had a career day by rushing for 150 yards on 30 attempts. He added a touchdown to help the Texans defeat the Bengals 30-27. It is the 16th time a Texan has rushed for 150-plus yards in a single game and the fifth career game that he has rushed for 100-plus yards. Houston had not had a player rush for over 100 yards since Dameon Pierce completed the feat last November against the Philadelphia Eagles.

All the hard work on the field paid off for Singletary, who was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Singletary was the only player in the NFL to surpass 125 yards on the ground last week, as his 150-yard total stands as the ninth-highest single-game total in the league this year.

Although he was awarded individually, Singletary is well aware that he could only have accomplished his career day with some help from his teammates.

“The big guys [offensive line] was able to move some people,” said Singletary. “You even had the receivers coming into the box and getting real dirty; a lot of receivers do not like to do that. run. That was all it came down to.”

With Pierce out for the third straight game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, the Texans offense will be hoping for a repeat performance from Singletary. A victory would help keep the division title and playoff goals Houston has for themselves alive heading into next week’s showdown with the Jacksonville Jaguars. It would also help further the bond the players have developed in the locker room.

“You can feel the momentum we got going,” Singletary said about the locker room atmosphere. “The brotherhood we have is growing and getting stronger. Guys are locked in. We are ready to play some meaningful football. It is that time. November and December, guys are locked in.”

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Title: Texans RB Devin Singletary optimistic about run game
Author: Brian Barefield

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