The Texans have released running back Andre Brown on Monday, according to the NFL Network. Houston signed Brown in the offseason to be the backup to starter Arian Foster, but fell behind Jonathan Grimes, Alfred Blue and Dennis Johnson on the depth chart and wasn't even a participant of the team's first preseason game.
Texans coach Bill O'Brien clarified the competition at backup running back. Jonathan Grimes is in the lead, and Andre Brown is barely in the discussion. As of now it's Grimes, Alfred Blue and Brown, in that order, behind Arian Foster. "Grimes' experience overall probably has him a little ahead of Alfred," O'Brien told the Houston Chronicle. "But Alfred's doing a good job for a guy that just got here." Asked about Brown, O'Brien said: "He's battling out there. … He's out there. He's involved with special teams and things like that. But that's a challenging position, it's a competitive position."
Andre Brown was projected by many as the Texans' No. 2 running back behind Arian Foster. After the first preseason game, Brown's status is murky at best. Brown did not play Saturday despite Foster sitting out. Coach Bill O'Brien told ESPN.com that the plan at running back was to play Jonathan Grimes, Alfred Blue and Dennis Johnson. There was "no time left for Andre Brown with so few offensive plays," the report said. Grimes got 10 carries, Blue got five carries and two receptions on five targets, and Johnson had one carry and one catch. Brown, who ran for 11 touchdowns the past two seasons with the Giants, was not given a snap.
Texans running back Andre Brown did not participate in Saturday's preseason opener against the Cardinals. The team did not revealed why Brown was held out of the game. Brown is the frontrunner for the No. 2 running back spot behind Arian Foster.
The Texans signed running back Andre Brown this offseason to be the backup to starter Arian Foster, but ESPN reports that rookie Alfred Blue could push Brown for the No. 2 job. The report says "Brown has an edge on starting experience. Blue has an edge on youth and lack of mileage." Most likely, if Foster were to get hurt, the Texans would use a tandem of Brown and Blue to replace him.
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