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Andre Brown in “tough spot” with Texans

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When the Texans signed running back Andre Brown as a free agent, it seemed they were going to have him take over for Ben Tate as the primary backup to Arian Foster during the 2014 season.

Things haven’t played out that way, though. Brown dressed for Saturday night’s game against the Cardinals, but didn’t see a snap even though Arian Foster was held out of the game. Coach Bill O’Brien said the team planned to play Brown after Jonathan Grimes, Alfred Blue and Dennis Johnson, but never got the chance because they only managed to run 48 offensive plays.

On Monday, O’Brien went a little further. He said, via Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle, that Brown is battling but in a “tough spot” on the Texans’ roster. Smith’s colleague John McClain reports Brown said “all the right things” in response to questions about his status.

Grimes started ahead of Blue on Saturday and O’Brien indicated that the depth chart is shaping up that way for now. There’s hope that Foster will be back at practice this week and getting him up to speed may not leave Brown with many chances to climb his way back up the pecking order.

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8 Responses to “Andre Brown in “tough spot” with Texans”
  1. tainttickler says: Aug 11, 2014 1:03 PM

    The grass isn’t always greener on the other side..

  2. bigredgoog says: Aug 11, 2014 1:13 PM

    How do you possibly evaluate running backs in the “don’t take anyone to the ground” practices now prevalent (or required by rule) in the NFL? It is hard enough evaluating them in pre-season games when blocking might be sub-par.

    Sure a guy might shine or look like a dunce because he doesn’t remember where to be on some particular play call. That type of evaluation of “learning the offense well and quickly” gives you Fitzpatrick as your quarterback.

    Football talent against opponents should be the number 1 attribute. So what if a guy is a little slow picking up a 400 page system. COACH that part but you can’t coach talent into a guy.

  3. bubbybrisket says: Aug 11, 2014 1:29 PM

    #suckformarriotta/winston/hundley???

  4. markus124 says: Aug 11, 2014 1:34 PM

    With David Wilson retired
    and Peyton Hillis injured, Andre Brown might return to the Giants.

  5. jjb0811 says: Aug 11, 2014 1:45 PM

    Which Texas team will be worse; Cowboys, Texans or Raiders?

  6. gooboy6 says: Aug 11, 2014 1:54 PM

    I’m starting to think this O’Brien guy is in over his head…

  7. damcmp says: Aug 11, 2014 2:12 PM

    Football games are bad until mid October.. Player evaluation is even worse. I am losing faith the QB whisperer and his college staff

  8. damcmp says: Aug 11, 2014 2:25 PM

    Ref prev post.. due to the lack of proper practicing and pre-season game play the players that make the roster take 6 weeks of playing games to get into game shape and to play together, things that used to happen in training camp..

    Now

    Weisz, Manginni, McDaniels and Crennel all failed at being head coaches after working for Belicheck now there is O’Brien. of course he hasn’t failed yet but the early returns are bad

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