Before the season started, the Houston Texans signed Andre Brown to be the compliment to starter Arian Foster, but training camp has slid the 6 year NFL veteran down the depth chart. Brown has been passed up on the depth chart by Jonathan Grimes, who started the preseason opener, and rookie Alfred Blue.
Brown has appeared healthy at camp but time for him has been limited on the field, and it carried over to Saturday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals
where he saw no time on the field for the offense.
The veteran back made it clear after Monday’s practice, “It is what it is. I guess we will figure it out and just like coach answered it."
It is apparent something is not right, either in the way Brown could be used in the offense or he has not been having as good of a camp as some think.
Brown has been watching Dennis Johnson, Grimes and Blue get work before him during camp. Brown explained, “The way I am looking at it, I’m sitting there
learning and letting the guys get reps. Whatever happens, happens. That is how I am looking at it.”
Brown appeared in eight games for the New York Giants in 2013 and rushed for 492 yards on 139 carries with three touchdowns. He has suffered multiple
setbacks in his career with a torn Achilles during his rookie season, and a neck injury and broken fibula that knocked him out for the start of the 2013
Despite these setbacks, Brown has overcome the odds to stay in the NFL, but in Houston things are not panning out early,
“Take it one day at a time and whatever happens, happens. I am going to continue to get better, continue to be out here and support my team being a great
teammate.” Brown continued, “That is all I can control, then that is what it is going to be.”
Brown wants a chance to prove he can perform for the Texans, but getting his fair share of playing time on the field seems to be a mystery. Brown does not
seem too concerned about his current situation. “I’m not going to sit here and stress about anything. You throw me out there and I’ll show you what I am
capable of doing. That’s it.”
He has worked with the Texans' offensive plan since day one and looked good early in camp when the pads were put on. When asked if he has done enough
during camp to warrant playing time, Brown replied,
“I feel as though, but, you know, it is what it is.”