Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 12
ESPN's Adam Schefter provides an update on running back Andre Brown:
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:
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:
With the release of those two players, Rotoworld's Evan Silva tweeted the rather thin depth of the Texans' backfield:
Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle tweeted a brief quote from the coach regarding Brown's situation during Monday's practice:
Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com caught up with Brown and tweeted a rather deflated comment from the running back:
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.