Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 12
ESPN's Adam Schefter provides an update on running back Andre Brown:
Former Texans and Giants RB Andre Brown cleared waivers today; now free to sign anywhere.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 12, 2014
The Houston Texans acquired running back Andre Brown over the offseason to fill the void left by Ben Tate as the backup to veteran Arian Foster. That union didn't last long, as Pro Football Talk reported on Monday the team parted ways with the sixth-year player:
Texans release RB Andre Brown, per league source.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 11, 2014
While this move may have been rather unexpected heading into training camp, the writing appeared to be on the wall during the Texans' preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals.
Brown was not given a single carry over the course of the game, as head coach Bill O'Brien opted to go with a committee of Jonathan Grimes, Alfred Blue and Dennis Johnson in Foster's absence.
While Grimes and Blue were productive—they combined for 69 yards on 15 carries—Johnson saw one carry for minus-two yards. Apparently, that's all O'Brien needed to see, as Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com reported Johnson's release as well:
The #Texans have released running back Dennis Johnson.— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) August 11, 2014
With the release of those two players, Rotoworld's Evan Silva tweeted the rather thin depth of the Texans' backfield:
#Texans updated RB depth chart: Arian Foster (injured again) Jonathan Grimes Alfred Blue Tim Cornett— Evan Silva (@evansilva) August 12, 2014
Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle tweeted a brief quote from the coach regarding Brown's situation during Monday's practice:
#Texans' O'Brien said Andre Brown is battling but RB is a "tough spot" for team. ... Appears to be Grimes, Blue, Brown right now.— Brian T. Smith (@ChronBrianSmith) August 11, 2014
Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com caught up with Brown and tweeted a rather deflated comment from the running back:
Andre Brown talked about not playing Saturday. "It is what it is." "Whatever happens, happens." #Texans— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaro) August 11, 2014
Just hours later, Brown was released.
As of Monday evening, it's still unclear as to why Houston decided to part ways with Brown. He did struggle with ball security with the New York Giants in 2013, fumbling three times in 139 attempts. He also didn't show much production when given an increased role, averaging 3.5 yards per carry.
Still, there should be several NFL teams willing to take a look at the newly released Brown. He showed some signs of being a nice short-yardage back during the 2012 season, when he averaged 5.3 yards on 73 carries and produced eight touchdowns.
Following the unfortunate season-ending injury of David Wilson, the Giants suddenly find themselves in a bit of a running back quandary. Perhaps a reunion is forthcoming.
Keep a keen eye on Brown in the coming days, as it shouldn't take long for him to land with another team.